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Farm Management In The 21st Century

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A key element of an agenda for farm management in the 21st Century should be productivity on farms. The gains from productivity since 1953 have been enough to offset declines in the real price of farm outputs at least in the broadacre sector. Productivity gains will remain important to the sector in this century. For public institutions, the focus of research and extension activities will continue to switch to the management of natural resources. Farmers and policy makers will need to know the on-farm impacts of technologies and policies that will effect resource stocks over many years. A challenge to farm management professionals will be how to present this information, derived from sophisticated modelling, to farmers and policy makers. My guess is that Malcolm’s ‘few figurings’ of a ‘few futures’ is the way to go.

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  • Mullen, J. D., 2002. "Farm Management In The 21st Century," 2002 Conference (46th), February 13-15, 2002, Canberra 174072, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
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    1. Kemp, David R. & Girdwood, John & Parton, Kevin A. & Charry, Al A., 2004. "Farm Management: rethinking directions?," AFBM Journal, Australasian Farm Business Management Network, vol. 1.
    2. Mullen, John D. & Scobie, Grant M. & Crean, Jason, 2006. "Trends in Research, Productivity Growth and Competitiveness in Agriculture in New Zealand and Australia," 2006 Conference, August 24-25, 2006, Nelson, New Zealand 31965, New Zealand Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
    3. Anonymous, 2004. "Evaluations In 2003 Of Five Areas Of Investment In R&D By Nsw Agriculture: Summary," Research Reports 28002, New South Wales Department of Primary Industries Research Economists.
    4. Vere, David T. & Griffith, Garry R. & Silvester, Luke T., 2005. "Australian Sheep Industry CRC: Economic Evaluations of Scientific Research Programs," Research Reports 42651, New South Wales Department of Primary Industries Research Economists.
    5. Malcolm, Bill, 2004. "Farm Management analysis: a core discipline, simple sums, sophisticated thinking," AFBM Journal, Australasian Farm Business Management Network, vol. 1.

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