Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 396


This week’s quote is from Roger Fletcher speaking to the Australian Financial Review. Mr Fletcher is a very successful Australian farmer that had an estimated net worth of $AUD218m in 2013.

While acknowledging the pain and anguish caused by the current drought and its impact on many rural communities Mr Fletcher s told an industry lunch in Sydney “Let’s be honest… I made my fortune from other people’s misfortune, that is drought,”.




Argentina bets on US$600m satellite to boost agriculture sector

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (Reuters) — Argentina is launching a new microwave imaging satellite to monitor natural disasters and soil moisture, in a long-term bid to bolster the farm sector, an industry that has historically been the backbone of the country’s economy.

Scheduled to launch on a SpaceX Falcon rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Oct. 6, Argentina’s SAOCOM 1a satellite “is going to boost the high quality precision agriculture Argentina relies on,” President Mauricio Macri told farmers and…

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 395


The quote of the week comes from Tony Blair, the former Prime Minister of The United Kingdom , who commented after the African Green Revolution Forum; ‘the continent has most of the world’s arable land, and by far most that is underutilised’.

Source: Matz, M 19 September 2018


Dairy prices going up, to support Australian farmers

Hours after Woolworths announced a special drought relief milk and a 10 cents per litre levy, Coles has followed suit with both supermarkets promising the extra money will go directly to struggling Aussie farmers.

Earlier today, Woolworths said it would hike the price of its own brand of 3L milk to $3.30 from today, and its special range of drought relief milk hits shelves next month would be the same price.

These actions are an attempt to work with dairy farmers to set up drought relief initiatives; the supermarket chains are creating drought-relief committees with farmers to provide independent oversight of the use and distribution of…

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 394


This week’s quote is from Gregor Heard’s article titled “Feed grain sector a big winner in Indonesian FTA”.


“Australian grain growers could receive a $150 million windfall due to increased access to markets as a result of the newly inked Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) free trade agreement (FTA). The gains are likely to be made in the area of feed grain, with a key plank of the FTA that Australia be able to export 500,000 tonnes of feed grain, including wheat, barley, sorghum and oats, without incurring any tariffs.”


Increased access to Asian markets is key for Australian farmers.


Source: The Land, Gregor Heard, August 2018



AI to map Australia’s 65 wine regions row-by-row

The vineyards in Australia’s 65 wine regions will be accurately mapped for the first time using high-resolution satellite images and advanced machine learning in a national census of Australia’s wine grape area. Wine Australia Chief Executive Officer Andreas Clark said, ‘the national scan is an exciting opportunity…

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