The Future of Agricultural Technologies

Stewart Lockie, Kate Fairley-Grenot, Rachel Ankeny, Linda Botterill, Barbara Howlett, Alex McBratney, Elspeth Probyn, Tania Sorrell, Salah Sukkarieh, Ian Woodhead

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationMelbourne
PublisherAustralian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA)
Commissioning bodyAustralian Council of Learned Academies
Number of pages116
ISBN (Electronic)9780648330356
ISBN (Print)9780648330349
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2020

Publication series

NameHorizon Scanning Series

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