The 2011-12 Agriculture Resource Management Survey (ARMS) and 2011-12 Land Management Practices Survey (LAMPS) are currently both in the field. The ARM survey forms part of the ABS’ suite of annual agricultural collections and is designed primarily to collect agricultural commodity information. LAMPS is being run for the first time in 2011-12 and will collect detailed data on land management practices that will be used along with other information to inform decision-making under the Australian Government’s Carbon Farming initiative.
The 2012 Vineyards survey is also currently in the field with data due to be released in October 2012.
More information on these surveys for survey participants and other interested parties is available from our Agriculture Survey Participants FAQs page.
Agricultural Census Data Release
Information from the 2011 Agricultural Census has now been released. Information is available at the national and state level, with regional data to follow. This data is used to inform Government decision making, research and policy development, non-government organisations and local communities. See the Agricultural Census page for further information.
Survey Program Review
The ABS is currently reviewing the Environment and Agriculture Survey Program, and has released a discussion paper to provide context for the review and to initiate feedback from the statistical community to assist in the development of the future program. See Discussion Paper: Environment & Agriculture Survey Program Review, 2011-12 (cat. no. 7105.0.55.001).
Agricultural Land and Water Ownership Survey
In recent times there has been considerable interest in understanding the degree of foreign ownership in the agricultural industry. The ABS undertook the Agricultural Land and Water Ownership Survey (ALWOS) in March 2011. The ALWOS collected data on the level of foreign ownership of agricultural businesses, agricultural land and water entitlements used for agriculture in Australia. The results of the survey were released on 9 September 2011 and can be viewed in the ABS publication, Agricultural Land and Water Ownership (cat. no. 7127.0).
The Agriculture Newsletter Ag Mag (cat. no. 7101.0) provides the latest information about the ABS's agricultural statistics program.
Visual Display of Irrigated Production Data
Using Google Earth technology, estimates of Gross Value of Irrigated Agricultural Commodity Production have come to life in an animated 'fly-over'. Pillars represent the total gross value of the irrigated production - the blue portion representing the gross value of irrigated production and the white non-irrigated production. Brown pillars depict the gross value of production in areas of dry land agricultural production.
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