The impact of wheat export market deregulation upon wheat growers in Victoria's western Wimmera

O'Keeffe, P 2014, 'The impact of wheat export market deregulation upon wheat growers in Victoria's western Wimmera', in Proceedings of the 58th National Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society Annual Conference (AARES 2014), Port Maquarie, Australia, 4-7 February 2014, pp. 1-38.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title The impact of wheat export market deregulation upon wheat growers in Victoria's western Wimmera
Author(s) O'Keeffe, P
Year 2014
Conference name AARES 2014: Global, Local, Private, Public: Rethinking the Categories, Bridging the Gaps
Conference location Port Maquarie, Australia
Conference dates 4-7 February 2014
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 58th National Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society Annual Conference (AARES 2014)
Publisher Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society
Place of publication Canberra, Australia
Start page 1
End page 38
Total pages 38
Abstract This research seeks to understand the impacts of the deregulation of export wheat marketing in Victoria's western Wimmera. The dismantling of the single desk for wheat exports, operated by the Australian Wheat Board, was finalised in June 2008. In the five years since, no studies have specifically sought to understand from growers how they have been impacted by deregulation. This paper addresses this gap in the literature. To appreciate what these changes have meant, this research conducted semi-structured interviews with 23 wheat farmers based around the western Victorian town of Kaniva. Quantitative and qualitative analysis of these interviews revealed the growers were intensely opposed to the deregulation of the export wheat market. Fundamentally, this shift has resulted in growers having to market their own grain, ensuring that the success of their business was heavily reliant upon their effectiveness in an area in which they had no skills or experience. As a result, this research found that, firstly, growers cited financial costs as being the most significant impact of deregulation, and secondly, the impacts of deregulation were most intensely felt by farmers on properties of between 2,000 and 4,000 acres. In addition, participants in this study frequently described how this policy shift had left them politically disenfranchised.
Subjects Agricultural Economics
Public Policy
Keyword(s) Crop Production/Industries
Political Economy
Copyright notice Copyright 2014 by Patrick O'Keeffe. All rights reserved.
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