Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics

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The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) is a research organisation within the Australian GovernmentDepartment of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, located in Canberra, Australia.

ABARES was established on 21 August 1945 as the Bureau of Agricultural Economics (BAE),[1] and is also involved in commercial consultancy. It was merged with the Bureau of Rural Sciences (BRS) in 2010.

The group's stated mission is "To provide high quality economic policy analysis and forecasts to enhance the competitiveness of Australia's agricultural, fishing, forestry, energy and minerals industries and the quality of the Australian environment."

ABARES maintains the AgSurf database which includes farm survey data on farm performance, production benchmarks, farm management, socioeconomic indicators relating to the grains, beef, sheep and dairy industries in Australia.

ABARES has received funding from business and industry groups.[2] ABARES' website notes that "Over half of ABARES' external revenue is derived from commercial consulting work."[3]


ABARES publish a number of series, including the Australian quarterly forecast report, Agricultural commodities (ISSN 1839-5619, since September 2011).[4]

History of Agricultural commodities report[edit]

The Agricultural commodities title replaced Australian commodities: forecasts and issues (ISSN 1321-7844, March 1994-June 2011), formerly Agriculture and Resources Quarterly (ISSN 1032-9722, March 1989-December 1993).

Agriculture and Resources Quarterly originated from the merging of Resource Trends (ISSN 0818-3619, September 1986-December 1988) and Quarterly review of the rural economy (ISSN 0156-7446, February 1979-December 1988, previously Quarterly review of agricultural economics ISSN 0033-5754, January 1948-April/July 1978).


  1. ^ "ParlInfo - ABARES - 70 years of agricultural research". Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  2. ^ Gillespie, Alexander; Burns (2000). Climate Change in the South Pacific: Impacts and Responses in Australia, New Zealand, and Small Island States. Springer Science & Business Media. p. 57. ISBN 9780792360773.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 February 2006. Retrieved 31 May 2006.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Agricultural commodities". Retrieved 7 December 2017.

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