Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 400

NFU urges May to put food production at heart of agriculture bill

The National Farmer’s Union has told Theresa May she must focus on the food industry and introduce special protections enshrined in new laws covering standards and production. The NRU president, Minette Batters, said she has raised concerns that food production was not at the heart of a new agriculture bill, the first major overhaul of legislations in the sector since the second world war.

There have been warnings of possible food shortages in Britain in the event of a no-deal Brexit. “We told her food is no different to the car industry. Even if the production is safe, we need to protect our food production and our jobs,” Batters said. “Why should the shopper who has only £80 a week to feed a family of four be disadvantaged and not have the same quality of food as others as a result of Brexit?”

Batters said the bill would give the government unprecedented powers that could lead to a lowering of standards. The…

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 399


This week’s quote comes from Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin speaking to Simon Stumpf. Mr Haslett-Marroquin elaborated about his new circular agriculture farming system that he has developed for smallholder farmers in the regenerative agricultural sector in the United States and internationally.

“As farmers we don’t produce anything. Nature does. We simply manage the process, a non-linear process, by which inedible energy is transformed into edible energy — from soil to carrots, from grain to eggs and chickens. When we understand this, a whole world of possibility opens up because we are no longer constrained by linear, input-and-output based methods that waste energy and pollute our soil, waterways and air. So with this as a starting point, we’re structuring farm operations to efficiently capture energy and turn it into highly nutritious foods that we badly need all over the world.”




Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Agriculture With the Help of Nuclear Techniques

Farmers are increasingly using sustainable agricultural methods to boost productivity while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In…

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 398


This week’s quote comes from Robert Rodriguez discussing the dried raisin market in California. Raisin prices in the USA have jumped significantly this year after global inventories have depleted to record lows. One reason for this is the shrinking acreage.


“Centered in the central San Joaquin Valley, the raisin industry has been saddled with several challenges over the last few years, including a shrinking number of acres… Last year, the state’s raisin grape acreage dropped to 160,000 acres from 280,000 in 2000.”



China’s expanding middle class targeted by Australian quality food exporters

Whether it be wine, beef or grain, China’s rapidly growing middle class is developing a taste for quality Australian produce. By 2022, there will be 550 million middle class people in China, making up three-quarters of the urban population. Export companies are spruiking the safety and traceability of Australian produce, and targeting the increasingly refined tastes of our main trading partner.

Quality over quantity

At the Communist Party of China’s most…

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