ABARES Farm Surveys underway

Growers and landowners across Australia are invited to voice their opinions on sugarcane, irrigation and vegetable growing in a trio of major farm surveys now underway.

From early March until late May 2015, data collectors from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) will be conducting on-farm interviews with sugarcane farmers, vegetable growers and irrigators Australia-wide.

ABARES Farm Surveys collect collect a broad array of information on the historical and current economic performance of Australian farm businesses that serves as a valuable resource for producers, industry and governments. The data from the three ABARES surveys being conducted over autumn—the Australian Vegetable-Growing Industry survey, Australian Sugarcane Growers survey and the Irrigation survey—will be used to inform decisionmaking and policy pertaining to the sectors in question at national, state and local levels.

“ABARES has been conducting farm surveys on behalf of the Australian Government for more than 30 years to inform the development of long-term plans to guide the future of our primary industries,” said ABARES Executive Director Karen Schneider.

“I encourage participation across the sugarcane, irrigation and vegetable-growing industries, as your contributions can help target R&D and assist in industry planning, improving management practices and addressing impediments to growing business.”

All information provided by survey participants remains confidential. ABARES releases survey results only as farm averages for a given region or industry.

For more information, visit www.agriculture.gov.au/abares.