1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2012  
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Year of the Farmer

In 2012, Australia celebrates the Australian Year of the Farmer. This feature article recognises the year by looking at the contribution of farming in Australia to the economy, society and environment. The article was based on text kindly provided by the Australian Year of the Farmer Secretariat.

Other articles in this edition of Year Book Australia also celebrate the Australian Year of the Farmer. Chapter 8 LABOUR has a special article, Labour force and other characteristics of farmers, and chapter 23 TOURISM has a special article, Farm visits in Australia.

Chapter 16 AGRICULTURE has three articles on farming – Agricultural land and water ownership, Migrant farmers and Organic food and farming in Australia.


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Statistics contained in the Year Book are the most recent available at the time of preparation. In many cases, the ABS website and the websites of other organisations provide access to more recent data. Each Year Book table or graph and the bibliography at the end of each chapter provides hyperlinks to the most up to date data release where available.