Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces Vol. 159

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“I’m in a state of shock. This rule is a departure from the last five and a half years.”

– Michael McAdams, president of the Advanced Biofuels Association, in a response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cutting the federal mandate dictating how much ethanol must be blended into gasoline.

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ADM COURTS AUSTRALIAN GRAIN TRADER

Archer Daniels Midland continues efforts to overcome political and grower opposition to its $3 Billion offer for Australian grain handler Graincorp Ltd. Australia’s Foreign Investment Review Board is to decide by December whether to approve the deal, impose conditions on it or reject it altogether.

ADM said in a statement that it would offer an extra A$200 million to improve agricultural infrastructure to secure the deal, with specific emphasis on rail networks, promising price caps on grain handling fees at up-country silos and GrainCorp port facilities. Growers have expressed concern they could be hit by higher grain-handling fees if the ADM purchase gets the green light.

“Throughout our effort to secure approvals for our proposed acquisition of GrainCorp, we have worked constructively to create…

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces Vol. 157

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“Since 1992, the industry began in the data collection phase, and has evolved into the steering control and variable rate application. And now we’re entering the third phase, which is implement control. Precision farming has enhanced productivity, has put the operator back in control, has enabled precision placement, provided cost savings and environmental benefits, has reduced production variability and much more.”

– Dr. Matthew Darr, Professor of Agriculture & Biosystems Engineering, Iowa State University

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PRECISION AND IMPLEMENTATION IN AGRICULTURE

The Karchers farm around 3,000 acres mixed crops in Tennessee; they began their venture into precision agriculture in 1997 in order to address cotton’s high input costs. On Jeff Mulligan’s farm he owns a planter, towed behind a tractor, that knows the nutritional content of every square foot of every field. It plants more seeds in richer soil and fewer in those that are thinner.

The Karchers, cousins Brandon and Rob Karcher, and Brandon’s father, Ed, with the help of Tim Sharp, a precision agriculture consultant with Talon Tech, farm around 3,000 acres of…

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces Vol. 156

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“This study – the first scientific analysis of its kind – quantifies the various benefits of productive agriculture in the EU”

– Dr. Steffen Noleppa of agripol GbR, an agricultural policy research firm based in Berlin, on a landmark academic study into all aspects of productive agriculture and the important benefits to Europe and the world it brings.

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ISRAEL AND VIETNAM ESTABLISH JOINT AGRICULTURE R&D FUND, WORK TOWARD FREE TRADE AGREEMENT

In 2012 Israeli exports to Vietnam last year jumped by 120% to $747 million.

Agriculture Minister Yair Shamir and Vietnamese government officials agreed to establish a joint agriculture research and development fund, and worked toward completing a free-trade accord, during meetings in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City over the past week.

Shamir spent the past five days touring Vietnam’s agricultural establishments, attending business seminars and holding meetings with Vietnam’s highest officials, including President Truong Tan Sang, Prime Minister Nguen Tan Dung, National Assembly Vice Chairman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and Agriculture Minister Cao Duc Phat.

During the meeting between Shamir and Sang, the Vietnamese…

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