EconSearch has undertaken a broad range of projects across all mainstream agricultural industries in Australia. These studies have involved irrigated and dryland agricultural industries, cropping and livestock industries and intensive horticulture and extensive broadacre agricultural industries.
Several studies have involved an economic analysis of threats to agricultural industries. These have included the economic consequences of a phylloxera outbreak on grape growers, the economic benefits arising from maintaining the wild dog fence in Queensland and South Australian pastoral districts, and the impact of drought in the irrigation communities of the Riverland and lower River Murray.
Other studies have considered the return on public investment in agricultural infrastructure, such as irrigation system rehabilitation, and research and development, including investment analyses for the beef, pork, grains, grape and wine industries.
The scope of EconSearch agriculture projects can be summarised as:
- Preparation of standard economic indicators (farm and industry levels)
- Regional economic impact of agricultural industries
- Decision support models for agricultural investment
- Cost-benefit analysis of investment in agricultural industry R&D
- Expert witness services in agricultural economics.