Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 428


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…

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 427


Quote of the week

Japan on Friday lifted longstanding restrictions on US beef in an agreement announced by USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue. The move is expected to pave the way for expanded sales to the US’s top beef export market. The new terms, which take effect immediately, allow US products from all cattle, regardless of age, to enter Japan for the first time since 2003. This expanded access could increase US beef and beef product exports to Japan by up to $200 million annually.

“This is great news for American cattle producers, and Secretary Sonny Perdue and the Trump Administration deserve a lot of credit for helping knock down this non-tariff trade barrier in Japan. This underscores the safety of the US beef herd, and it will hopefully send a signal to other Asian nations that non-science-based trade barriers like this one should be eliminated in their countries, as well.”

Jennifer Houston, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) president.

Source: Ag Web, 17 May 2019







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Quote of the week

35 farms in Belgium have been affected by a strain of the bird flu virus. Together with the sector, the government is working on measures to curb the further spread of the disease.


The Federal Minister for Agriculture, Denis Ducarme, has emphasised “the virus in question is completely harmless to human health. Animals infected or showing symptoms of the virus will be slaughtered, with the poultry farmers involved being compensated.”

Source: Farming UK, 10 May 2019






Super Quail: Producing the world’s largest eating quail

A south-east Queensland poultry producer is breeding the largest eating quail in the world. But ‘super quails’ are just the beginning. There are even bigger plans to capture the Asian market and turn the 3,000-hectare property into Australia’s first ‘Protein Hub’.

These birds are not grown through hormones and antibiotics, just patience and careful selection. By selecting the larger birds and continued breeding, this farmer has effectively developed his own breed of quail. 70% of the game birds…

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 425


Quote of the week

India has raised its import duty on wheat to 40 percent from 30 percent, the government said late on Friday, as the world’s No. 2 producer of the grain tries to support local farmers.

“Local wheat production is higher. The government is now trying to ensure prices remain above support levels. At 40 percent import duty, imports are not viable for flour mills. They have to buy local crops”

Harish Galipelli, Head of Commodities and Currencies at Inditrade Derivatives & Commodities in Mumbai.

The step comes as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party looks to contain rural discontent due to lower crop prices amid voting in a general election that began on April 11 and ends on May 19. Local wheat prices have fallen over 11% in 2019 due to ample supply from last year’s crop and forecasts of record output.

Source: Economic Times, 27 April 2019






Australia’s eleventh largest wine export market- United Arab Emirates

Australia’s wine exports have grown significantly to the…

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 424


Quote of the week

New Zealand is facing a shortage of eggs as the country makes the switch to free range alongside soaring demand. Poultry Industry Association executive director, Michael Brooks said

“We are just going to see a lesser amount of eggs and that will probably translate to some extent to price increases, just because of a shortage of supply.”


All of New Zealand’s major supermarkets will stop selling caged eggs by 2027. Egg demand is also up, with the average New Zealander eating 230 eggs in a year.


Source: Farmers Guardian, 28 April 2019






The effects of global warming on maple syrup production

Maple syrup has been an important agricultural crop in North America for centuries, however global warming has put the maple syrup industry under threat. Dr Timothy D. Perkins, Director of the Proctor Maple Research Centre at the University of Vermont, has warned that warming trends have begun to shorten the syrup collecting season. Perkins says the long-term effects of global warming…

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 423


Quote of the week

Vietnam, Australia’s fourth largest grain trading partner, has banned the use of the widely-used herbicide glyphosate.

GrainGrowers chairman Brett Hosking said “they’re a really valuable trading partner and so we respect their right to make decisions about how they manage things like glyphosate in their country. There is already a standard around the world for residue limits and all grain exported out of Australia is tested and we know very confidently that the grain we export meets those thresholds for residues.”

Glyphosate is one of the world’s most widely used and rigorously tested chemicals and Mr Hosking said he wasn’t aware of any other country where there was a glyphosate ban in place.

Source: ABC Rural, 12 April 2019






The chicken is local, but was it happy? GPS now tells the life story of your poultry

Shoppers are willing to pay a premium for ingredients that are cage-free, organic or wild caught. Now, Chinese…

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 422


Quote of the week

Canada has agreed to lift tough restrictions, allowing wine exporters greater opportunity in our fourth largest wine export market.

“This is good news for our wine exporters.  With the TPP-11 eliminating all tariffs on Australian wine exports to Canada, this is a market with huge potential growth for our wine industry. The combined impact of the TPP and the resolution of this trade dispute over British Columbia measures means that Australian wine will be on more shelves with lower tariffs in a Canadian province with a population in excess of five million people.”

–        Simon Birmingham, Australian Trade Minister

Australia launched action against Canada in the WTO last year, complaining about a raft on discriminatory measures hitting Australian wine producers and breaching trade rules, including extra taxes, mark ups and selling it out of sight in liquor stores.

Source: Australian Financial Review, 10 April 2019






Can maggots fix Singapore’s food waste problem?

Singapore is experiencing a trash crisis. Some predict the world’s…

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 421


Quote of the week

While slowing Chinese growth is continually highlighted and various tensions between China and their Western (and Asian) trade partners, there are numerous burgeoning markets within the 10-nation Association of South East Asian Nations group hungering for Australian exports and business deals.


“It’s quite upsetting to hear all the recent talk of Asian growth slowing and a potential Asian recession, as the trend lines in Asia are often going strongly in the other direction. While China’s huge economy tended to dominate perceptions, there were many moving parts to the total Asian marketplace, and ASEAN was one of the most exciting. GDP growth for ASEAN’s six biggest players (Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines) is running at about 5pc.”


–        David Green, Chief Executive Officer for ANZ Singapore

Source: Farm Online, 8 April 2019






Federal Budget 2019: What’s in it for farmers and rural, regional Australia?


An collection of funds have been accumulated for regional communities and industries in the federal budget, with the wide range…

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 420


Quote of the week

A growing number of international students are lured by our world class agricultural courses, and are taking their knowledge home to implement in their own countries.

TAFE NSW head agriculture teacher, Rob Harris, said “international students are increasingly being drawn here due to the diverse agriculture. Figures from the Federal Department of Industry show there were 631 international student enrolments in ‘Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies’ in NSW, up from 481 in 2015.”

Source: 28 March 2019






Snail farmer struggling to keep up with demand as alternative meat popularity soars

Snails, ants and even fried cockroaches are increasingly popping up on menus throughout Australia, with one SA snail farmer saying she is struggling to meet demand as interest in the meat spikes.

Claudia Ait-Touati is a not-for-profit snail farmer in Coonalpyn, about 150 kilometres south-east of Adelaide. Eight years ago, she began breeding snails on her care farm which hosts people living with dementia. In that time, she has seen interest in…

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 419


Quote of the week

Taylor Farms is one of the world’s largest producers of fresh cut vegetables and has recently unveiled a fleet of robots designed as an answer to America’s diminishing supply of immigrant labour. The smart machines can assemble 60 to 80 salad bags a minute, double the output of a worker.

“We aren’t getting an influx of immigrants to our industry; how do we deal with that? Innovation. Moving up the technology ladder creates higher-skilled positions that can attract young people. We are making better jobs that we hope appeal to a broader range of people”.

Mark Borman, CEO at Taylor Farms

Source: NY Times, 20 November 2018






Macadamia nuts double in price as growers struggle to keep up with demand

If you’re a fan of snacking on Australia’s only commercially grown native nut, the macadamia- you may have noticed prices rising on supermarket shelves.

The Australian Macadamia Society said the price consumers were paying for the nut had doubled in the last 10…

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