Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 428
Posted on: May 31st, 2019


Quote of the week

NATIONALS Deputy Leader and Victorian Senator Bridget McKenzie has been appointed as the Minister for Agriculture in the 46th Parliament, becoming the first female to hold the portfolio in the Commonwealth’s history.

“Absolutely honoured to be appointed as Minister for Agriculture in the @ScottMorrisonMP government. Looking forward to working with such a fantastic industry and helping it grow to become a $100 billion sector #Agriculture #lovetheregions

Senator McKenzie posted on Twitter earlier this week.

Women remain underrepresented in leadership roles in the agricultural industry. The significance of having a female in agriculture’s top job can’t be overstated.

Senator McKenzie’s former roles have been in Minister for Regional Telecommunications and Rural Health.

Source: Beef Central, 27 May 2019






Aus beef emissions down 57% from 2006

The Australian beef industry now has the data to prove it is improving its care of natural resources, animals and people, through the ongoing Australian Beef Sustainability Framework process.

The second Australian Beef Sustainability Annual Update to be launched in June will demonstrate the industry is addressing issues that matter to major customers, investors, special interest groups and the broader community.


“This gives the industry a great baseline from which we can show our improvement to build community trust, and protect and grow access to markets and capital,” says Tess Herbert, NSW lot feeder and farmer, and chairs the Australian Beef Sustainability Framework group.

“We can turn steps into strides on sustainability.” Tess says she is pleased to see beef businesses using the Framework to drive their own sustainability initiatives.


Highlights to expect from the report include:

  • The first national vegetation indicators and measures for the beef industry;
  • Increased use of pain relief on cattle;
  • Development of an implementation plan for the industry to be carbon neutral by 2030;
  • From 2005 to 2016, the beef industry reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 57.6%;
  • Establishment of the National Livestock Genetics Consortium; and
  • The beef industry’s involvement in the Rural Safety and Health Alliance (RSHA) to invest in practical extension solutions.

Source: Beef Central, 21 May 2019







Nespresso to help farmers swap coca for coffee

A charitable initiative will help farmers in Colombia’s southwestern mountains trade nearly 400 hectares of coca, the base ingredient in cocaine, for coffee as part of an effort to fight drug production.

The 1,000 families who are part of the effort will initially produce 500 60-kg bags of coffee from their land, all of which will be purchased by Nespresso giving the farmers a reliable buyer, and a fixed and just price. Nespresso will sell the project’s coffee in capsules in more than 800 of the company’s stores around the world, chief executive Jean-Marc Duvoisin said.

The government is looking to destroy more than 200,000 hectares of coca crops through voluntary substitution programs and forced eradication carried out by the military.

Source: Reuters, 29 May 2019


Chart of the week


This fascinating graph depicts the growth in the global population over the last 12 thousand years, most dramatically in the last 200 years.

The world population today that is 1,860-times the size of what it was 12 millennia ago when the world population was around 4 million – half of the current population of London.

Around 108 billion people have ever lived on our planet. This means that today’s population size makes up 6.5% of the total number of people ever born.


Source: Our World In Data




Joke of the week








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