1966-1980

Highlights

Future Directions-Government

1966 – Possible move of Department of Agriculture Head Office to Northfield abandoned
1973 – Possible move of Department of Agriculture Head Office to Monarto abandoned

Main aspects of the era

  • Expansion via Rural Industry Research Funds and Commonwealth Extension Services Grants
    • Research into wheat, barley, meat and dairy industries.
  • Major investment in research
    • Northfield facilities
  • The Monarto episode
  • New technologies lead to rapid productivity gains
  • Introduction of agricultural chemical herbicides
  • Wheat quotas
  • Intensive livestock industries replace mixed farm production
  • Agricultural economics services
  • Animal health eradication programs begun nationally
    • Contagious bovine pleuro-pneumonia
    • Bovine brucellosis and tuberculosis
  • Export of agricultural technologies and services
  • Reorganisation of the Department
  • The age of computers commences
  • Media changes with the television replacing radio for information
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