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The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences has released the Farm Performance and Climate: Climate Adjusted Productivity for Broadacre Cropping Farms Research Report this month. The Report specifically focuses on the resilience of cropping farming as a result of climate change. The Report analysed the growing seasons of 1977-78 and compared them to 2014-15 to look at the total factor productivity in the context of a changing climate across Australia. The results found that research and development and new technology has assisted in the sustainability and resilience of cropping farms. Despite a significant impact of cropping farms in the early 2000s, productivity has seemingly rebounded since 2006-07 which ABARES suggest is a result of adaptive farming practices and farm investment.
ABARES is hosting Regional Outlook Conferences across the country until October which will cover relevant research results from the Bureau and commodity forecasts relevant to each region.

 

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