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FARM ONLINE | Grains: Aussie ag's quiet achiever

The halcyon days of Australian agriculture often have associations with the livestock industry, whether it be the beef barons of northern and outback Australia or the wool tycoons profiting from the legendary pound a pound days of the 1950s.

However, the grains sector is currently in the middle of a boom of its own.

To little fanfare the grains industry chalked up an impressive result this year with Australian Bureau of Agriculture Resource Economics and Sciences data showing total value of the grains industry sitting at more than $28 billion, with wheat earnings alone over $15 billion.

This dwarfs the comparative earnings of beef, $14 billion and wool $3.5 billion.

Colin Bettles, Grain Producers Australia chief executive said last year's tallies of 40 million tonnes of wheat, 8.3m tonnes of canola and 14.1m tonnes of barley highlighted the industry was in good shape.


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