Agriculture

Research report

20 Jun 2017

Soil fertility comprises three interrelated components: physical fertility, chemical fertility and biological fertility. Biological fertility, the organisms that live in the soil and interact with the other components, varies greatly depending upon conditions and it is highly complex and dynamic...

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Working paper

01 May 2017

The National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (NPS-FM) establishes the need to set and manage water resources within limits. This report is the first national assessment of the indirect impacts of the NPS-FM on New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). The water quality...

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Audio interview

21 Apr 2017

We exist in a world where 30 percent of people are starving while the planet's human population continues to surge. Our natural resources like water and arable land are shrinking and pollution and dramatic changes in climate are increasing, all alongside whilst there are concerns about energy...

Commentary

Article

11 Apr 2017

Extreme is the new normal when it comes to weather, with devastation caused by floods, fires and cyclones filling our news feeds all too frequently.

Thanks to the relatively recent development of event attribution in climate science, researchers can now confidently attribute the increase...

Discussion paper

16 Mar 2017

Today the Productivity Commission released an issues paper posing the questions the Commission will seek to ask and answer in their National Water Reform Inquiry.

Water reform has supported growth in agriculture and other industries, returned much needed water to the environment, created...

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Discussion paper

15 Mar 2017

The Climate Change Authority has released this issues paper for consultation.

The authority has recommended further work be done on how to better coordinate action to reduce emissions, improve environmental outcomes and benefit agricultural productivity.

In the first phase of the...

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Research report

24 Jan 2017

Audit objective and criteria

The objective of the audit was to assess the effectiveness of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources’ implementation of the new biosecurity legislative framework.

To form a conclusion against this objective, the ANAO adopted...

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Strategy

14 Dec 2016

The Draft New England North West Regional Plan applies to 12 local government areas – Tenterfield, Glen Innes Severn, Inverell, Armidale Regional, Uralla, Walcha, Gwydir, Tamworth Regional, Liverpool Plains, Gunnedah, Narrabri and Moree Plains.

The region encompasses the traditional lands...

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Audio interview

26 Nov 2016

The agricultural sector is booming but are the benefits flowing to regional Australia?

Saul Eslake and Fiona Simson discuss the regional economy and what is needed to drive growth.

Saul Eslake is an economist, company director and Vice Chancellor's Fellow at the University of...

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Research report

23 Nov 2016

Melbourne is surrounded by a highly productive foodbowl that  currently grows a wide variety of fresh foods, but it faces challenges:

  •  Melbourne’s foodbowl grows 47% of the vegetables produced in  Victoria and has the capacity to meet around 41% of Melbourne’s total  food needs
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Working paper

19 Oct 2016

Farmers change slowly     
Avoid pain with clear signals     
Research; replace cows.

This paper explores how New Zealand should address agricultural greenhouse gas emissions: methane and nitrous oxide. The starting point is the internationally agreed-upon goal of limiting...

Working paper

19 Oct 2016

The science is clear.     
When debating emissions,     
consider your goals. 

Biological emissions from agriculture (methane and nitrous oxide) make up almost half New Zealand’s total greenhouse gas emissions, so their importance relative to carbon dioxide is of particular...

Research report

19 Oct 2016

In this report the Commissioner examines the issue of agricultural greenhouse gases – methane and nitrous oxide – which together form about half of New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions. This high proportion of emissions coming from agriculture is a major challenge for New Zealand. The science...

Working paper

10 Oct 2016

In contrast to most economic drivers of land-use change, climate-related drivers display substantial geographic variation. Accounting for this spatial heterogeneity is important in simulations of the land-use response to climate change. I use a discrete choice model to estimate the relationship...

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Audio program

02 Oct 2016

Scientists concerned that climate change is biting harder and faster than models predicted are campaigning for a bigger research investment to protect Australia's $58 billion agriculture industry from extreme weather.

Jo Chandler investigates how we're betting the farm.

Research report

07 Sep 2016

On 11 February 2015, the Government announced a suite of reforms designed to increase transparency around foreign investment in Australia. These reforms included the establishment of a foreign ownership register of agricultural land and changes to Australia’s foreign investment screening regime...

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Research report

17 Aug 2016

Overview

Measuring the impacts of the Department of Economic Development Jobs Transport & Resources’ (the department) research, development and extension (RD&E) investments is an inherently complex task. However, there is evidence that the state’s investment in RD...

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Research report

31 Jul 2016

The value of Melbourne’s foodbowl to the regional economy is significant:

  • Melbourne’s foodbowl  accounts for more than 1.7 million hectares of agricultural land, consisting of a mix of enterprises, most notably vegetables, poultry, dairy and livestock production.
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Discussion paper

Report

21 Jul 2016
  • Farm businesses are subject to a vast and complex array of regulations. Regulations are in place at every stage of the supply chain — from land acquisition to marketing — and are applied by all levels of government. The number and complexity of regulations affecting farm businesses means
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Commentary

Article

05 Jul 2016

Among the collateral damage of an early election – especially a double dissolution election – is the work of parliamentary committees. At 9am on 9 May, each and every committee of the forty-fourth parliament ceased to exist and many inquiries lapsed, their investigations unfinished.

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