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