Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces Vol. 256

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

This week’s quote comes from Rural Industry Futures: megatrends impacting Australian agriculture over the coming twenty years and explains how technological innovation and its uptake in agriculture is poised to change the future of farming.

“Coined the Internet of Things (IoT) – technology can change the way farms are operated by providing farmers with real time information about the locations and status of farm animals and automatically run spraying, planting, harvesting and irrigation systems.”

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EUROPE PREPARES TO KICK OFF FREE TRADE TALKS WITH AUSTRALIA

Australia is preparing for another major trade deal after the European Union said it will begin work on a free trade agreement in the coming months.

As part of a new trade and investment strategy announced on Wednesday, the European Commission said it would seek authorisation from its 28 members to open separate negotiations with “close partners” Australia and New Zealand.

Any deal with the EU would have big implications for Australian farmers which have long been pushing for lower tariffs and greater access to a European market of some 500 million customers.

However, the…

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces Vol. 255

 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

This week’s quote comes from Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) Director-General José Graziano da Silva. His address at the UN Sustainable Development Summit emphasises the ongoing need for responsible investment in sustainable agriculture and food systems.

“We have given ourselves an enormous task, that begins with the historic commitment of not only reducing but also eradicating poverty and hunger in a sustainable way. We need to build more sustainable agriculture and food systems, that are resilient to stresses and better able to cope with – and respond to – climate change impact.”

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TPP AGREEMENT TO BOOST AGRICULTURAL TRADE

Ministers of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) said on Oct. 4 that after five years of negotiations they have reached a trade agreement that will in part eliminate or significantly reduce tariffs for agriculture products, deter non-science based sanitary and phytosanitary barriers, eliminate export subsidies, support jobs and drive sustainable growth.

“TPP brings higher standards to nearly 40% of the global economy,” the Trans-Pacific Partnership Ministers said in a statement. “In addition to liberalizing trade and…

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces Vol. 254

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

This week’s quote comes from The World Bank’s Agriculture 2015 Overview and stresses the importance of agriculture in growing developing economies.

“Agricultural development is one of the most powerful tools to end extreme poverty, boost shared prosperity and feed 9 billion people by 2050. Growth in the agriculture sector is about two to four times more effective in raising incomes among the poorest compared to other sectors.”

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WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM RANKS WATER CRISES AS TOP GLOBAL RISK

More than nuclear weapons or a global disease pandemic, impairments to water supplies and punishing cycles of flood, drought, and water pollution are now viewed by heads of state, nonprofit leaders, and chief executives as the most serious threat to business and society.

For the first time, water crises took the top spot in the World Economic Forum’s 10th global risk report, an annual survey of nearly 900 leaders in politics, business, and civic life about the world’s most critical issues. Water ranked third a year ago.

Water ranked eighth for likelihood and first for impact. It was one of four…

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