Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4

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Clearing the air


Farm management, Financial planning, Farm accounting, Farm budgeting, Western Australia

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This edition of the Western Australian Journal of Agriculture contains an exchange of letters between 20 farmers and myself, prompted by the article by Ross Kingwell in the last issue of the Journal (Volume 34, No. 4, 1993).

The article was entitled 'Agriculture's Economic Performance', and dealt with some of the economic forces in agriculture, including the terms of trade, productivity growth and the growth of exports. However, it is evident from the following letter and from other comments that the worthwhile content of the article was negated by some unfortunate phrasing, and a too compressed treatment of a complex subject.

This is the letter to me signed by 20 farmers in the Northern Agricultural Region