The Chairman’s Report from this Taskforce has recently been  released.   While certainly, many in our farming sector have been doing it really tough, there are also many international pension funds and companies lining up to buy farms here.    I suggest we need to look hard at our farm sector.  I suggest we need to move from basing our agriculture on industries producing commodities to one based on companies producing products for niche markets.    One way to do this is to get our farmers to work together in cooperatives, equity partnerships, marketing groups etc to get the scale needed.    Working together would also be a way to apply the fascinating new farm management systems being developed.

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