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AuthorMcGuire, PJ
Date Accessioned2012-11-14
Date Available2012-11-14
AbstractThe Australian sugar industry is faced with an aging farmer population, high land prices that limit expansion and a large number of small farms. Share farming and leasing have the potential to solve these three problems.This report presents a snap shot of share-farming and farm-leasing practices in four cane-growing regions: Cairns, Mackay, Bundaberg-Maryborough and New South Wales. Key learnings from the project include:
AbstractLeasing is the most common arrangement in Queensland, while only share-farming arrangements were found in New South Wales;
AbstractArrangements vary considerably among regions;
AbstractLand ?rents? vary from under 10% to over 25% of gross income;
AbstractArrangements where rent is varied according to sugar price and production are becoming more common;
AbstractShare farmers and lessees all considered ?It was worth it?;
AbstractGreater economy of scale was the main reason given;
AbstractLand owners enjoy tax and other benefits from retaining the land for agricultural use;
AbstractShare farming is a way of securing land for future generations.The information contained in this report and subsequent articles should help potential share farmers and lessees as well as land owners understand the issues associated with farming on another?s land. An expansion of share farming and leasing will improve viability for individual farmers and reduce the loss of productive land from the industry.
Part of SeriesBSES Internal Report; 2007 No 1374 Report SD07005
SubjectFarming systems
SubjectProduction management
TitleShare-farming options for the Australian sugar industry : SRDC final report BSS298

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    Research outcomes: Growers and harvesters benefit from the ongoing research in productivity improvement, production management and agronomical techniques. Developed technologies and management practices that enhance productivity and demonstrate a high rate of return on investment

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