Why rural Australia is top of the crops at innovation

The Australian agriculture sector's century-long experiment with collaborative research has made it a world leader in innovation. Other industries should take note.

The word 'innovation' is often associated with banks of computers, not the back paddock. But Australia’s agricultural sector is actually a world leader when it comes to research and development.

Calls are growing for Australia to reverse a productivity malaise by investing more in knowledge infrastructure. It would be wise to take heed of agriculture’s century-long experiment with collaborative research.

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