In December 2021, the Queensland Government’s Statewide Land and Tree Study (SLATS) released the most recent detections of forest and woodland destruction for 2018-19 using a new and more accurate methodology. This report analyses the 2018-19 SLATS data to quantify destruction of forested habitats for...
Australian National Food Donation Tax Incentive implementation analysis
This project served to test the National Food Donation Tax Incentive (NFDTI) across the food waste ecosystem to substantiate its ability to drive impactful change in the food relief sector, and deliver support to the Australian environment, population and economy.
Farm powered: opportunities for regional communities in the renewable energy boom
Australia’s public and private sectors are making much-needed investments, as the nation shifts from an energy system powered by coal, oil and gas to one powered by renewables and storage. This report calls on the Albanese Government to support solutions that benefit regional farming communities...
Microplastics in biosolids - definitions and implications
The use of biosolids as agricultural fertilisers and soil treatments has provided economic benefit and reduced environmental burden across Australia. However, biosolid production and use has been identified as a major source of unintended microplastic dispersion into the environment.
What can science offer the proponents of regenerative agriculture practices?
The growing interest and momentum surrounding the regenerative agriculture (RA) movement has generated considerable debate about motivations, definitions, stakeholders and the role that scientific research plays. The aim of this paper is to propose a role for scientific activity in working with the RA movement.
Transforming food systems with farmers: a pathway for the EU
This report, developed in collaboration with Deloitte and NTT Data, takes the practical case of the European Union to understand the pathway required for a farmer-centric food systems transition.
The Mycoplasma bovis programme
This review captures lessons learned during the biosecurity response to the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak and subsequent eradication programme and makes recommendations to further prepare the biosecurity system for any future animal disease incursions.
Towards net zero: practical policies to reduce agricultural emissions
Governments around the world are moving to ‘net zero’, to limit the impacts of climate change. ‘Net zero’ means reducing emissions and then offsetting the rest by removing carbon from the atmosphere and permanently storing it, possibly in trees or underground. This report focuses mainly...
How can Australia’s agriculture sector realise opportunity in a low emissions future?
This report outlines a number of technologies, practices and actions that easily reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Taken together, they suggest the Australian agriculture sector could play a significant role in pioneering global climate solutions, and take advantage of future opportunities to increase value and diversify...
An everyman's guide for a landholder to participate in soil carbon farming in Australia
Soil carbon farming has been mooted as one of the key strategies for offsetting Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions. This paper explains in simple terms the procedures for a landholder to participate in the Australian government’s Emissions Reduction Fund.
Freshwater farm plan regulations
This consultation document seeks feedback on options that will inform the development of freshwater farm plan regulations under part 9A of the Resource Management Amendment Act 2020.
Overseer whole-model review
The Overseer is a model that aims to estimate farm-scale nutrient flows. This document reviews the Overseer model. This is necessary to assess whether it can confidently be used as a decision support tool.
How to talk about the future of farming in Aotearoa New Zealand
This guide is for people in communications, science, policy and community roles who want to talk effectively about the future of farming, and land-use change in particular.
Good farm planning principles: towards integrated farm planning
This document explains what an integrated farm planning approach is, and how it can help farmers meet their goals.
A fair transition for farming
This report proposes a renewed social contract for farming, which would set out the roles and responsibilities for farmers, the state and the public, in the shift towards a net-zero and nature-positive economy.
Intensive winter grazing module 2021/2022
This module should provide some helpful actions on how to plan for a successful 2021/2022 winter grazing season and looking after animals.
Farmed animal welfare law in New Zealand: investigating the gap between the Animal Welfare Act 1999 and its delegated legislation
This report comprehensively analyses the codes of welfare and regulations established under the Animal Welfare Act 1999 (the Act) and the processes by which the codes and regulations were established.
Growing Australia: Inquiry into growing Australian agriculture to $100 billion by 2030
This inquiry report outlines how the Australian agriculture industry can grow into a $100 billion industry by 2030. The report considers where the prospects for rapid growth lie, and how Australian producers can ensure they are able to take full advantage of any opportunities.
Wage theft remains rampant in Australian horticulture, even during COVID-19. This investigative report explores the nature of underpayment and worker exploitation in northern NSW’s blueberry industry, unearthing allegations and evidence of gross underpayment and abuse inflicted upon working holiday-makers and others.
Foot off the gas: how a gas-led recovery will impact Australian farmers
This paper argues that evidence-based planning for state-significant developments, such as gas mines, should balance the trade-offs between short-term economic gains and the long-term solutions for food security and ecosystem services that agriculture provides.
A growing problem: exploring livestock farm resilience to droughts in unit record data
Climate models indicate that New Zealand’s farms will be increasingly exposed to adverse climate events in the future. In this study, the authors empirically investigate drought impacts on farm enterprises by linking financial, agricultural and productivity data from Statistics New Zealand’s Longitudinal Business Database (LBD)...
Regional Horizons: farming communities leading the recovery
This report combines targeted, transitional and transformational reforms to create new opportunities to ensure a sustainable, climate-smart rural and regional Australia.
Land-based industries help see New Zealand through tough COVID times
The report suggests that land-based industries like livestock, forestry, and agriculture were resilient during New Zealand’s lockdown period earlier this year. The report finds that these fields are coping with a number of uniquely New Zealand-based strengths, along with other factors beyond the country’s control.
The changing landscape of protein production: opportunities and challenges for Australian agriculture
The Australian agriculture, aquaculture and fisheries industries supply the animal and plant-based protein needs of many people domestically and globally. This study focuses on the implications for Australian agriculture of the opportunities and challenges of an emerging market for alternative (i.e. non-traditional) proteins in the...
Suicide in rural and remote Australia: mental health strategies cannot effectively operate in isolation
This paper argues that a national rural and remote mental health strategy is necessary to improve the capacity of mental health services to combat the disturbing trend of high rates of suicide in remote and rural Australia. Also needed are other policies and strategies that...