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Grain Comment, 1 Nov

UTAS have announced a $26-milllion dollar agricultural research center, with the goal of developing new, climate change resistant pasture species. The center will include a 1100 sqm glasshouse and a 1300 sqm research facility. Construction will begin at UTAS’s Newnham campus in 2024.

Harvest is well and truly underway on the mainland. Early planting and an El-Nino driven dry spring have combined for the earliest ever harvest in many areas.

Chinese import demand for both wheat and barley has been strong, following the lifting of their import tariff in August.

Free Trade deal negotiations with the EU have stalled, setting any potential deal back years. One of the major sticking points was reportedly market access for Australian red meat. The EU is Australia’s largest two-way trading partner, but in light of global food-security concerns has become increasingly protective of its domestic agricultural producers.


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