Expert grains industry analysis and commentary from AEGIC’s Economics and Market Insight Team on a range of big-picture topics that affect Australia’s export grains sector.

Horizons #56 – Dorothea Mackellar is still right!

Horizons #56 – Dorothea Mackellar is still right!

by Professor Ross Kingwell - AEGIC Chief Economist. Key message: Australia’s climate remains highly variable, challenging agricultural production and its related sectors. Yet despite Australia being...

Horizons #55 – Niche markets: pros and cons

Horizons #55 – Niche markets: pros and cons

by Professor Ross Kingwell - AEGIC Chief Economist. Key message: Loss of a major grain market like China’s barley market can trigger calls for greater market diversification and more niche markets....

Horizons #51 – The Lucky Country

Horizons #51 – The Lucky Country

by Professor Ross Kingwell - AEGIC Chief Economist. Key message: Australian grain farmers can count themselves fortunate. The economic and climatic conditions in a 2020 world affected by COVID, as...

Horizons #50 – The Rise of the Middle Class

Horizons #50 – The Rise of the Middle Class

by Professor Ross Kingwell - AEGIC Chief Economist. Key message: A huge spatial change in the global distribution of middle class incomes is underway. By 2030 five countries will be the source of...

Horizons #46 – Professor Bennett goes to Asia

Horizons #46 – Professor Bennett goes to Asia

Key Message: The impacts of COVID-19 are affecting patterns of eating in Asian households, dampening demand for feed grains whilst maintaining demand for most food grains. This is the last blog in a...

Horizons #44 – An old truth, rediscovered…

Horizons #44 – An old truth, rediscovered…

by Professor Ross Kingwell - AEGIC Chief Economist When you start citing a paper first published in 1941 and tell your colleagues why that paper still has relevance today, then don’t take umbrage if...

40 – Wheat yield trends across Australia

40 – Wheat yield trends across Australia

by Professor Ross Kingwell - AEGIC Chief Economist. Key points: In a drying and warming climate across most grain-growing regions of Australia, wheat yields continue to increase. The best endeavours...

38 – Australian grain flows towards 2030

38 – Australian grain flows towards 2030

by Professor Ross Kingwell - AEGIC Chief Economist. Although a return to business-as-usual conditions in Australia’s grains industry is possible towards 2030, the industry should also consider the...

36 – Costs of uncertain supply

36 – Costs of uncertain supply

Grain Expectations - Volume 1: You open the door into your favourite bookshop and see the first instalment of a series you’ve been waiting for. You hand over a $50 note (for the hard cover edition...

34 – Butterflies and Pigs?

34 – Butterflies and Pigs?

In popular culture, the butterfly effect is where a very small change in one place can lead to a large change elsewhere. It’s a domino effect where an initial small event triggers a cascade of...

32 – Follow the mouths? ― just head to the coast!

32 – Follow the mouths? ― just head to the coast!

AEGIC’s very first blog (see https://www.aegic.org.au/follow-the-mouths/) suggested that if we want to understand the nature of future overseas grain demand, a good starting point is to “follow the...

31 – The Meat in our Sandwich

31 – The Meat in our Sandwich

We’re told it’s Australian to eat lamb! We’re also told to get some pork on our fork. But then the vegans among us decry any consumption of animals. What’s happening to us as a nation? Is our meat...