Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 389

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

This week’s quote is from Nancarrow and Sullivan from ABC News. The article discusses the very strong export growth in the Australian wine market. The value of wine exports increased 20% in FY18 to reach $2.76 billion. In volume, Australia exported 852 million litres.

“Australia’s international wine exports continue to surge, with the latest export figures hitting the highest growth in 15 years.”

Growth was from our largest exporter, China, was recorded at 55%. While the value of wine exported to the US fell by 8%.

THIS MAN REWRITES THE GENETIC CODE OF ANIMALS

Scientists like Dan Carlson are in high demand, thanks to recently discovered tools that enable them to tweak the DNA of all kinds of organisms.

For nine nerve-racking months beginning in the summer of 2014, Dan Carlson waited for his lab experiments to be born. Carlson and his team at the biotechnology startup Recombinetics had made a small tweak in the genetic code of dairy cattle in an attempt…

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 388

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

This week’s quote is from Doug Ferguson, Head of KPMG’s Asia and international markets team. At the Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) 2018 outlook conference, Doug presented a paper that discussed how Australia’s agricultural future is now indubitable tied to global Asian markets “and will remain so for many decades, if not forever”.

“Food Security is a real concern for Asian Governments and beyond the obvious humanitarian reasons. Hungry stomachs and rapid inflation can lead to mass social unrest.”

Core staple food production will be an unattainable goal for many Asian governments. Doug stated that it’s a key reason why the Chinese Government is pursuing the Belt & Road Initiated, to access vast food supply they will need.

RESEARCHERS FIND RICE GROWN IN HIGH CARBON DIOXIDE ENVIRONMENTS MAY BE LESS NUTRITIOUS

Scientists are warning that rice — one of the world’s most important cereal crops and the primary food source for more than 2 billion people — may…

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 387

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

The quote for this week is from Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay. MacAuley announced an investment of $14 million into research and development in the beef cattle industry, which is hoped to improve the sustainability of production.

“Canadian farmers and ranchers know the importance of innovation in maintaining their competitiveness, and that’s especially true in Canada’s beef sector. Investments in research deliver real results and help to ensure our beef farmers continue to raise top quality beef that consumers have come to expect. Today’s investment will help our industry capture the exciting opportunities that lie ahead around the world.”

– Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

THE “DINING BOOM” IN AUSTRALIA

The ABC Radio Regional Network covered the diversion of investment in the water market towards the “dining boom”. This new term describes the increasing investment in almond, walnut, citrus and avocado plantations.

The region has seen trend shifts before, such as the shift from rice to cotton in the Riverina in NSW….

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