Evolution of Australian Agriculture Unveiled in Groundbreaking ABS Analysis

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Article: The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has made a significant breakthrough in understanding the evolution of Australian agriculture with the release of new analysis spanning 150 years.

The report, which covers the period from the 1860s to 2022, highlights key agricultural commodities and provides a glimpse into the remarkable growth of the industry.

According to Dr.

David Gruen AO, the Australian Statistician, these historical data offer extraordinary insights into the country’s farming history.

Notable milestones include the invention of the stump-jump plough in 1876, which played a crucial role in dramatically increasing wheat production, and the fortuitous timing of Australia’s first commercial fleece shipment to England during the Napoleonic wars in Europe.

In addition to the historical analysis, the ABS also announced a shift in data collection methods.

Starting from June 14th, the ABS will utilize new data sources and methods, including satellite crop maps.

This change aims to alleviate the burden on farmers by freeing them from the time-consuming task of reporting data to the ABS while ensuring the continued relevance and accuracy of agricultural statistics.

The ABS is actively collaborating with industry, academics, and governments to leverage these new data sources and methods, ultimately enhancing the quality and depth of information available.

This transition marks an important milestone in the long tradition of agricultural data production in Australia.

For more information on this groundbreaking analysis and the future of agricultural statistics, readers can refer to the ABS’s release on historical agricultural data and the Modernising ABS Agricultural Statistics information paper.