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7101.0 - Ag Mag - The Agriculture Newsletter, Jun 2013  
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 12/06/2013   
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Information about agricultural commodities produced on Australian farms was collected by the ABS as part of the 2011-12 Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS).

On 31 May 2013, the ABS released a publication called Agricultural Commodities, Australia, 2011-12 (cat. no. 7121.0).

  • Over half of the total land area of Australia is used for agriculture
  • Tasmania has been traditionally known as the "Apple Isle" however in 2011-12, Victoria produced five times more apples than Tasmania
  • The 2011-12 canola crop was the largest on record at 3.4 million tonnes
  • The cotton crop of 2011-12 was also a record at 973,000 tonnes
  • Wheat production in 2011-12 increased by 9% over the previous year, to 29.9 million tonnes
  • The total number of meat cattle in Australia was 25.7 million head

Did you know there were enough......
  • litres of canola oil produced to fill 570 Olympic swimming pools
  • bales of cotton produced to make 5.2 billion mens' T-shirts
  • tonnes of wheat to make 43 billion loaves of bread
  • cattle to almost go nose to tail around the equator

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