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Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry





15 July 1999


Grains@ccess is the first online benchmarking product, based on the Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics (ABARE) farm survey data, available to the rural sector. The package marks a new direction for data collection and the availability of this information to farmers and rural communities.


Senator Judith Troeth, Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, was speaking today at the launch of Grains@ccess. She said, “the package has been developed by ABARE and the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).”


“It has been designed to provide all participants in the grains industry with access to reliable regional data that they can tailor to their own area.


“Farmers in the grains sector will now be able to assess their own performance against the performance of others in similar farming regions across the country in a more accurate and cost-effective way."


Some of the features of the package include information on GRDC classified regions, user defined zones, tables that incorporate physical, financial, benchmarking and performance data and maps.


As farming becomes more competitive and sophisticated, farmers need to implement good business planning practices, such as benchmarking, to improve their viability. Grains@ccess is a unique and innovative benchmarking resource and the first of its kind based on ABARE survey data.


Senator Troeth said that ABARE and GRDC are to be congratulated in taking the lead on this and hopes they will continue to work together to co-opt other agencies into developing similar resources for their respective agricultural industries.


Grains@ccess will be available through the ABARE and GRDC websites and for those who are unable to access the Internet, it is also available on CD from the GRDC.


Further information:

Senator Troeth’s Office: Alex Staples (02) 6277 3002 or 0417 449 921

ABARE website:

GRDC website:



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