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.

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17 – A quick look under the global climate bonnet

17 – A quick look under the global climate bonnet

by Professor Ross Kingwell - AEGIC Chief Economist. It would be stating the obvious to say that weather and climate affect grain production. We know all too well that droughts and floods can be...

10 – Supply curves and chains, for the long run

10 – Supply curves and chains, for the long run

Previous posts 8 and 9, present the importance of efficient supply chains in maintaining the competitiveness of Australia’s grains industry. Australian grain supply chains need to constantly evolve,...

9 – Why do supply chain costs matter?

9 – Why do supply chain costs matter?

Farmers are mostly interested in things within the farm-gate, not beyond the farm in supply chains. It’s the farm asset that is sold or passed on to the next generation – not the supply chain. Farm...

8 – We have the plants… but have we the pathways?

8 – We have the plants… but have we the pathways?

Recent blogs (#5) (#7) have extolled the virtues of wheat breeding in Australia and the general improvement in agricultural productivity. Australian farmers can rightly crow that they have some...

5 – An answer to a (Plant breeder’s) prayer

5 – An answer to a (Plant breeder’s) prayer

The most famous Christian prayer, the Lord’s prayer, has a line “Give us this day our daily bread”. It’s a prayer wheat breeders, whatever their religious creed, have constantly participated in...

2 – Can we feed the world?

2 – Can we feed the world?

At various stages in human history concern has been raised about our ability to feed ourselves. Questions or bleak forecasts suggest impending starvation or malnourishment ahead.  Our economic and...

1 – Follow the Mouths

1 – Follow the Mouths

A common movie plot line is where a nefarious corporation or an evil billionaire secretly is funding a criminal enterprise, with the protagonist hot on their tails, trying to find proof to bring...