* In the early 1950s, the wool industry accounted for a large part of Australia's agricultural exports, to the extent that the country was said to be 'riding on the sheep's back'. While wool
is still an important export, our agriculture and agrifood industries also export a wide range of other products such as wheat, beef, cotton, sugar, wine, sheepmeat, barley and dairy. Australia's
farmers have been active participants in the nation's trade liberalisation reforms, significantly boosting the international competitiveness of our agricultural exports.