Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 356

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

This week’s quote of the week comes from Iran’s Deputy Agriculture Minister, Hassan Rokni, on Iran’s ambitious plans to grab a bigger share of the global milk and dairy market.

“Iran exported 850,000 tons of dairy products in the last fiscal year. Exports of milk and related dairy products are projected to reach 1 million tons this year…with milk powder exports during the five months to August 22 showing the country had a monthly export average of 100,000 tons. “

FARM PROFITS MAY HALVE AFTER BREXIT, SAYS REPORT

The report, by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), says the “worst-case scenario” would cut average farm profits from £38,000 a year to just £15,000.

The analysis tries to model the effects of cheaper imported food, reduced subsidies and more expensive labour.
A spokesperson for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said: “This report is based on hypothetical and highly unlikely scenarios that do not reflect the government’s…

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 355

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

This week’s quote of the week comes from AeroFarms CEO David Rosenberg at Dell’s IQT even in New York last week on vertical farming, an emerging form of agriculture that combines data science with horticulture to grow crops indoors.

We’ve lost a third of our arable land in the past 40 years. Seventy percent of our fresh water goes into agriculture. Seventy percent of fresh water contamination comes from agriculture. If you want to address water security, you need to address agriculture. Technology and data science is a big way that we’re going to get there… If you think of the age-old question of nature vs nurture, the world of AgTech has focussed mostly on the genetics…Here, we don’t focus on the genetics as much as the environmental stresses. As funny as it sounds, we actually get a plant to eat differently, sleep differently and exercise differently to change their nutrient density and shelf life.”

CHEAP EGGS ARE RUINING…

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 354

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

This week’s quote of the week comes from Rural Bank’s trade report, Australian Agriculture Trade Performance, in relation to cropping, which is now Australia’s most valuable agricultural export sector.

“The report found the value of Australian agricultural exports increased for the seventh consecutive year to $49.9 billion, the surge in cropping value was driven by a significant 49% increase in total grains production, which pushed the value of grain and fibre exports up by $3.7 billion. There was a 2.4 million tonne increase in Australian wheat exports to India, thanks to a decision by the Indian government to reduce a 25% tariff to 10% in September 2016, before completely eliminating it in December.”

MEXICO’S BERRY BOUNTY FUELS TRADE DISPUTE – U.S. CONSUMERS DISMISS U.S. BERRY FARMER’S COMPLAINTS AS ‘SOUR BERRIES’

An explosion in berry farming here (Sayula, Mexico), fed by a growing American obsession is fueling one of the thorniest disagreements in the talks to redo the North American Free Trade…

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