President’s Message

          Professor Quentin Grafton of the Australian National University was elected as the 2017 AARES President at the Society’s recent Annual General Meeting in Brisbane.  Quentin’s main priorities will be to oversee the implementation of the Strategic Plan, including the change of the Society’s name to the Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.  


Quentin Grafton is Professor of Economics, Chairholder UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance and Director of the Centre for Water Economics, Environment and Policy (CWEEP) at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University. He is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and previously served as Chief Economist and Foundation Executive Director of the Australian Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics (2011-2013). He currently serves as the Director of the Food, Energy, Environment and Water (FE2W) Network which he helped found in 2014, and is the Editor in Chief of Policy and Executive Editor of the Global Water Forum which he established in 2010.


Central Office is now managed by Association Executive Services (AES) at 111 Old Warrandyte Road, Donvale Vic 3111. The postal address is PO Box 1371, Mitcham North 3132. The new mobile phone number is 0499 754 660 (Attended Tues-Fri 10am-4pm only). The email address continues and is now answered by David Cundy of AES.  

Upcoming Seminar: ‘Australia’s comparative advantage in wine: Why so slow to emerge?’

Professor Kym Anderson
When: Tuesday 26th September, 5:30pm for a 6pm start presentation Where: Forrest Room, Fellows Bar & Cafe, University House, 1 Balmain Crescent, Acton Cost: This event is free for AARES members and $10 on the night for non-members. Membership is available here RSVP: Eventbrite Abstract: Australia's wine production took off during the two decades from 1985, with an increasing share being exported. Why did it take so long for this to occur? This seminar will provide an overview of the development of Australia's wine industry, review the roles of government support and trade policies, and provide an answer to why the industry's take-off came so late. The speaker will also discuss future prospects for Australia’s wine industry. Bio: Professor Kym Anderson is Professor of Economics at the University of Adelaide and the Australian National University, and Executive Director of the University of Adelaide's Wine Economics Research Centre. He is among Australia's top-ranked economists, is Co-Editor of the Journal of Wine Economics, and is a Distinguished Fellow and Past President of AARES. In June 2015 Kym was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC).

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Environmental Economics

This is a unique opportunity to contribute to research, teaching, and policy development in the domain of environmental economics.

In this role, you will participate in a work program focused on the economic assessment of freshwater policy at regional and national level. Funded by both the University of Waikato and the Ministry for the Environment, this position reflects the common interest of both agencies in achieving excellence in the economic analysis of freshwater policy in New Zealand.

The appointee will be required to conduct research in the modelling of agricultural, economic, and environmental systems. This will involve working in multi-disciplinary teams to provide evidence and information to support decision making in relation to the use of New Zealand land and freshwater resources. Teaching commitments will involve the delivery of at least one paper per annum.

You will have an advanced qualification in the modelling and analysis of integrated biophysical and economic systems. You will have broad experience in the development and application of economic models to environmental problems, preferably including water quality. An ability to lecture to large numbers of students and conduct small-group seminars and tutorials is also essential.

The level of appointment will be dependent on qualifications, skills, and experience.

Fixed-term until 28 June 2019.

Closing date: Friday, 15 September 2017 (NZ time).

Vacancy number: 370276

For more information and to apply, visit

Postdoctoral Fellowship – Farming System Economics
  • Carry out innovative, impactful research into improving whole farm performance
  • Contribute to improvements in productivity and sustainability of cropping systems
  • Join CSIRO's internationally recognised Agriculture & Food business unit

    The Position

CSIRO offers PhD graduates an opportunity to launch their scientific careers through our Postdoctoral Fellowships. These fellowships provide experience that will enhance career prospects and facilitate the development of potential leaders for CSIRO.
  • We are seeking to appoint a highly motivated Postdoctoral Fellow to undertake research into investigating opportunities to improve the productivity, efficiency and sustainability of cropping systems in Australia’s northern grain production region. The role will contribute to this program of research by examining the questions:

    What happens at whole-farm level when you scale paddock-level innovations to the whole farm?
  • What whole-farm factors limit the capacity of farmers to optimise their system water-use-efficiency – and what can be done to mitigate or manage these?

    Specifically you will:
    • Develop innovative concepts, approaches and methods required to elucidate the various interactions that occur at the whole farm scale including biological, social, economic and risk factors

    • Utilise and adapt whole-farm analysis approaches to identify drivers and limitations for adoption of novel practices changes on farms

    • Interact with farmers, farm-advisor, benchmarking and agri-finance sectors to foster the application of research and development with stakeholders.

    • Facilitate greater consideration and understanding of socio-economic factors that are driving farm performance.

    Location:       Toowoomba/Brisbane, QLD, Australia

    Salary:           $80K - $91K plus up to 15.4% superannuation

    Tenure: 3 year term

    Reference:  45662

    To be successful you will need:

      • A doctorate (or will shortly satisfy the requirements of a PhD) in a relevant discipline area, such as Agricultural or Natural Resource Economics
      • Advanced understanding of biological, economic and social dimensions of farming enterprises
      • Experience with socio-economic research methodologies, particularly focussed at the farm enterprise level
      • Experience with development and/or application of models in farming systems research
      • The ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary, regionally dispersed research team, plus the motivation and discipline to carry out autonomous research.

     Before applying please view the full position details and selection criteria here:  Position Details

     Who we are: The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
     At CSIRO, we do the extraordinary every day.  We innovate for tomorrow and help improve today - for our customers, all Australians and the world. We imagine.  We collaborate.  We innovate.

    How to Apply:  Please upload one document only that includes both your cover letter and CV/Resume, ensuring that you provide enough information relevant to this position to enable the selection panel to determine your suitability for this role. Applications Close:  11:59pm AEST, 1st of October 2017. Click Here to apply.

    Applications will be shortlisted as they are received and we therefore reserve the right to remove this advertising prior to the closing date. Apply today!

    Important Dates

    Narrabri Field Day 2017 (Narrabri)

    13 September 2017
    12:30pm - 5:30pm

    Productivity in a variable environment. See the latest grain crop research to assist growers and advisors with increasing productivity in our highly variable climate.

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    Quality Grain Storage (West Wyalong)

    4 October 2017
    9:00am - 2:00pm AEDT

    Peter Botta will be presenting and taking questions on a range of grain storage issues.

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    19th NSW Weeds Conference (Armidale)

    16 October - 19 October 2017
    9:00am - 5:00pm AEDT

    The Conference is a unique opportunity for the State’s weeds professionals and related industry representatives, researchers, market and industry analysts, government officials and policy makers to showcase their work, network ideas and share in a vision for the future of the weeds industry.

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    19-20 October 2017
    2017 NZARES Conference
    Rotorua, New Zealand

    Quality Grain Storage (Urana)

    4 November 2017
    TBC (please contact event organiser for more details)

    Peter Botta will be presenting and taking questions on a range of grain storage issues.

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    6 - 9 February 2018
    AARES Annual Conference
    Adelaide, SA

    GRDC Grains Research Update (Wagga Wagga)

    13 February - 14 February 2018
    9:00am - 5:00pm AEDT

    This Grains Research Update will provide agronomists, consultants, researchers and growers with a forum to showcase innovative thinking and the latest research outcomes relevant to the local region.

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    GRDC Grains Research Update (Dubbo)

    27 February - 28 February 2018
    10:00am - 3:00pm AEDT

    Invest in yourself and come to the two-day Dubbo GRDC Grains Research Update at the Dubbo RSL on Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th of February, 2018. Discuss with industry specialists the latest ‘farm ready’ research on issues critical to grain production enterprises in the central western NSW region. Put the dates in the diary, more information will be available here closer to the event.

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    GRDC Grains Research Update (Goondiwindi QLD)

    6 March - 7 March 2018
    10:00am - 3:00pm

    Invest in yourself and come to the two-day Goondiwindi GRDC Grains Research Update at the Community Centre on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th of March, 2018. Discuss with industry specialists the latest ‘farm ready’ research on issues critical to grain production enterprises in the Northern region. Put the dates in the diary, more information will be available here closer to the event.

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    28 July – 2 August 2018
    International Conference of Agricultural Economists
    International Association of Agricultural Economics
    Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada