AUSTRALIA'S RURAL HEARTLANDS: DECLINING ECONOMIC FORTUNE OR DYNAMIC REGIONAL ADJUSTMENT?

Grant number: DP0771418

Abstract

Agriculture in the rural heartlands provides high quality food and fibre for domestic consumption and export making significant contributions to national earnings. The heartlands are the custodians of our natural resources and cultural heritage and farmers play a vital economic and social role in the sustainability of these regions. While there is considerable variability between these places this research will provide a detailed understanding as to why it is that rural places differ in their development. A major benefit will be to present Australian governments, the agricultural industry and rural communities with a more accurate picture of how the rural heartlands now function, and to arti..

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