Responding to the productivist paradigm: Experiences of farmers in Victoria's western Wimmera

O'Keeffe, P 2016, 'Responding to the productivist paradigm: Experiences of farmers in Victoria's western Wimmera', in M. Chou (ed.) Proceedings of the Australian Sociological Association (TASA) 2016 Conference, The Australian Catholic University, Fitzroy, Melbourne, 28 November - 1 December 2016, pp. 263-269.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Responding to the productivist paradigm: Experiences of farmers in Victoria's western Wimmera
Author(s) O'Keeffe, P
Year 2016
Conference name TASA 2016: Cities and Successful Societies
Conference location The Australian Catholic University, Fitzroy, Melbourne
Conference dates 28 November - 1 December 2016
Proceedings title Proceedings of the Australian Sociological Association (TASA) 2016 Conference
Editor(s) M. Chou
Publisher The Australian Catholic University
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Start page 263
End page 269
Total pages 7
Abstract Since the early 1970s, Australian agricultural policy has emphasised the need for Australian farms to achieve productivity growth. This article aims to understand how farmers perceive the compulsion to apply productivist farming methods, such as the increased use of technological inputs and increases in farming scale. Furthermore, this article seeks to understand whether farmers feel that viable alternatives exist. To explore these themes, this article uses semi-structured interviews with representatives of 15 different farming businesses in Victoria's western Wimmera. This research found that for many growers, property expansion resulted in a cycle of increased debt and reliance upon the use of productivist farming methods to generate income required to service these debts. Some farmers, however, actively rejected the dominant paradigms of growth and productivism, instead focusing on diversification, and the use of less intensive farming methods.
Subjects Rural Sociology
Economic Geography
Agricultural Economics
Keyword(s) Agriculture
Productivism
Neoliberalism
Farming
Structural adjustment
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