Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 392

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

This week’s quote is from Savaram Ravindra, writing for IOT (Internet of Things) for all. The IOT is a network of devices (Cars, drones, kitchens Etc) that share data that can be accessed anywhere. Savaram describes how the IOT can is being adopted by the Agriculture sector.

“In IoT-based smart farming, a system is built for monitoring the crop field with the help of sensors (light, humidity, temperature, soil moisture, etc.) and automating the irrigation system. The farmers can monitor the field conditions from anywhere. IoT-based smart farming is highly efficient when compared with the conventional approach.”

These hi-tech systems are initially more capital-intensive but lead to more efficient use of inputs (water, fertilizer, treatments) and optimize yields.

 

 

AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITY TURNS TONNES OF FOOD WASTE INTO POTENT BIO-FERTILISER EXPORTED TO ASIAN FARMS

An Australian university is turning tonnes of kitchen scraps into high-value fertiliser that is being sold to farmers in Asia.

James Cook University has become the first university in Australia to…

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 391

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

The quote of the week for this week is taken from Ben van Delden, KPMG head of markets and AgTech sector leader.   Speaking to Which-50 for their cover story on Australia’s role in potentially leading the world in AgTech, Van Delden stated: “What we’re sitting on is all the right ingredients for Australia to ultimately become a leader in what we refer to as Agri 4.0 — Industry 4.0 application to agriculture — where we’re digitising the way we produce food and the supply chain.”

 

GERMANY LAUNCHES EARLIEST GRAPE HARVEST YET AMID HEAT WAVE

Europe’s blistering heat wave, which is seeing many areas suffer through temperatures reaching above 45°C, has been welcomed by German wine growers who have launched into their earliest harvest ever.

At a vineyard in Loerzweiler, south of Mainz in southwestern Germany, white grapes were beginning to be picked on Monday.  According to the German Wine Institute, this is the earliest start yet to the country’s grape harvest –…

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 390

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

The quote for this week is from Agriculture ministers from the G20 countries in regard to World Trade Organisation rule reforms.

Julia Klöckner, German minister of Food and Agriculture says, “If one wants to do business, trade, at an even level, it can’t be a one-way street, trade is a way of protecting peace, if one cooperates, if one communicates with people from other countries and nations, I think fair trade is a good answer to protectionism.”

The Argentine Agriculture Minister Luis Miguel Etchevehere says, “There will always be controversies. What differentiates us from the past is the way to solve them. Independent of all the news there was surrounding (the meeting), we managed to reach a unanimous consensus. And since the meeting was taking place, all the countries had bilateral meetings to continue trying to find common ground.”

LAND PRICES ARE GOING UP

The unfortunate drought condition impacting Australian farmers has not held back the rising values of farming properties in NSW….

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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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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 386

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

The quote for this week is from Queensland Liberal National senator, Barry O’Sullivan who commented on the ‘city slicker’ bankers and the impact of their activities for farmers:

“They undo their tie, take their crisp white shirt and fluff the collar and then go out west to … manage a complex circumstance of properties that are in drought,” he said. “They honestly would not know the difference between a mulga bush and a Christmas tree, and yet they’re sent in to try and keep thousands of stock alive.”

Read more about the ANZ and CBA activities in agriculture in The Australian.

COCKROACH SUSHI AND A CURE FOR CANCER…

The Chinese have found a way to begin addressing some long-term environmental issues arising from discarded food and other waste; cockroaches. In Shandong, there are currently 3 billion cockroaches eating 15 tonnes of kitchen waste… every day.

The number of cockroach farms in this province has tripled in the last three years are people become more open minded…

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 385

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

The quote for this week is from LNP Natural Resources and Mines spokesman, Dale Last, who said about Labor’s budget for water infrastructure and dams in Queensland:

“Water is essential to the development of regional Queensland, yet this Budget doesn’t allocate the required funding to upgrade and build the dams that will sustain and grow regional Queensland,” Mr Last said.

LN released their economic plan for Queensland just this week, which promises to deliver water security to regional areas. Mr Lasts suggests this would transform the region, boost the economy and create new jobs.

“The LNP’s investment in water is an investment”, Mr Last says. He continues: “Water is the lifeblood of agriculture. Our food and fibre exports are now worth $10 billion a year. The demand for food from China, India and other Asian economies is only going to increase.”

WINE IN A CAN… CAN YOU IMAGINE?

Would you ever have imaged wine in a can!? Some wine purists may believe tradition and practices passed…

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 384

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

The quote for this week is from West Australian Liberal Member for rural electorate O’Connor, Rick Wilson, who recently commented on the limited investment made by Australian superannuation funds into the agriculture industry:

“The agricultural sector in Australia needs much more investment if it wants to remain competitive, and the superannuation industry is an obvious source.”

“Only about 0.2pc of the $2t-plus in assets managed by Australian superannuation funds are in agriculture – an extraordinary situation.”

“It’s quite an anomaly to have overseas sovereign wealth funds and private equity groups keen to invest in agriculture here, but our own superannuation industry seems reluctant, despite having so much money to manage.”

The House of Representative Standing Committee on Agriculture and Water Resources has launched an inquiry into the barriers to increased investment by superannuation funds. It is seeking detail from stakeholders in both the agriculture and superannuation industries of what hurdles currently exist, so that the Government can determine the ways in which it might be able to assist.

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 383

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

The quote for this week is from Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, addressing concerns of some farmers facing drier conditions. Mr Turnbull, alongside Agriculture Minister David Littleproud, are looking at strategies and ways to best support the producers.

“If we want to have the great food and fibre that we need, we’ve got to support our farmers and we’ve got to understand that they’re dealing with rainfall that appears to be much more volatile and the cost of maintaining stock during dry times is enormous,” Mr Turnbull said.

Though the Government cannot make it rain, they are listening to the farmers, supporting them with income and other benefits, and are taking a “calm and decisive” approach to helping farmers build their resilience. This includes a holistic approach with counselling and mental health support services.

BLURRED LINES

It looks like beverage producers are becoming more innovative, creative and experimental with the collision of the beer and wine industries: “Wineries and cideries are experimenting with hops typically reserved…

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