The future of agricultural technologies

Lockie, Stewart, Fairley-Grenot, Kate, Ankeny, Rachel, Botterill, Linda, Howlett, Barbara, Mcbratney, Alex, Probyn, Elspeth, Sorrell, Tania, Sukkarieh, Salah, and Woodhead, Ian (2020) The future of agricultural technologies. External Commissioned Report. Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA), Melbourne, Australia.

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Abstract

Australian agriculture is world-renowned for leadership in harvesting practices, water-efficient agronomy, crop and livestock breeding, conservation tillage and development of fit-for-purpose farm machinery. While Australia exports two-thirds of its produce, it is a relatively small exporter when compared to countries like the United States and the Netherlands (Howden & Zammit, 2019). Nonetheless, our primary producers (or farmers) are among the most efficient in the world, with a long history of productivity improvement and adaptation to external challenges, including environmental extremes, price fluctuations, variations in international trade conditions and changes in government policy. Farmers have embraced innovation and shown willingness to adopt technologies that lead to improvements in farm practices. Governments, research providers and a range of other stakeholders have been critical to ensuring that the appropriate resources, policies and institutional arrangements are in place to support research, development and extension.

Item ID: 67640
Item Type: Report (External Commissioned Report)
ISBN: ISBN 978-0-6483303-5-6
Copyright Information: © Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA). This work is copyright. All material published or otherwise created by the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) is licensed under a Creative Commons – Attribution – Non-Commercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) licence.
Funders: Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2021 03:03
FoR Codes: 30 AGRICULTURAL, VETERINARY AND FOOD SCIENCES > 3002 Agriculture, land and farm management > 300299 Agriculture, land and farm management not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280101 Expanding knowledge in the agricultural, food and veterinary sciences @ 100%
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