Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 366

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

The quote for this week’s edition is taken from a speech delivered by Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston:

“Australia is a world leader in livestock farming. Australia’s edge in competitiveness rests with the high quality of our livestock and livestock products, and our unrivalled biosecurity status.”

She was speaking at the 10th Global Forum for Food and Agriculture held in Berlin. Livestock was the theme of the conference. Ongoing sustainability and welfare credentials will be critical to Australia’s world-leading livestock and meat industries in the future.

KIMBAL MUSK – ELON’S BROTHER – PREDICTS A MOVEMENT OF MILLENNIAL WORKERS FLEEING DESK JOBS FOR FARMS

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 365

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

The quote for this week is taken from the recently appointed Australian Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, David Littleproud. He was visiting several dairy farmers and a grain terminal in Victoria.

“I think Australian agriculture is in for a big year. There’s a lot to be positive about.”

The upcoming ABARES Outlook Conference should provide further insight into what expectations for 2018 hold. From what the Minister said, it is looking encouraging.

HEALTHIER SUGAR DEVELOPED IN AUSTRALIA

“A wide variety of food products could be made with dramatically lower sugar levels after an Australian technology firm secured a landmark partnership with two of the world’s leading food engineering companies and NSW sugar growers.

Nutrition Innovation Group, the brainchild of Sydney food scientist David Kannar, has developed a patented manufacturing process that delivers a healthier, low-GI industrial sugar known as Nucane that can be used by food manufacturers as a substitute for refined sugar.

Infrared technology with a proprietary algorithm developed by Nutrition Innovation…

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 364

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

This week’s quote comes from Michael Gove, the United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, speaking at the Oxford Farming Conference. In the wake of Brexit and calls move away from the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) under the European Union, he had the following to say:

“I want to develop a new method of providing financial support for farmers which moves away from subsidies for inefficiency to public money for public goods.”

He intends to shift the focus to providing funding for farmers who ‘enhance the natural environment’ through the provision of measures such as returning cultivated land to its natural state, improving water quality and encouraging biodiversity.

The critics of Gove counter that such environmentally focused measures could undermine food security in post-Brexit Britain.

Source: Buchan, Lizzy. 4 January 2018, Independent.

 

SUPERFOOD FIX FOR COWS

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