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Building blocks to deliver investment in technology and low emissions future

The National Farmers’ Federation welcomes the Government’s Technology Investment Roadmap discussion paper released today. “Research and development and the ability to innovate and develop new technologies across the economy will shape our capacity to transition to a low emissions future,” NFF CEO Tony Mahar said. “The report rightly seeks to have all options on the […]

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NFF’s Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program 2020 cohort announced

Twelve outstanding women with skills and a vision for agriculture have been selected for the National Farmers’ Federation’s 2020 Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program. The 2020 cohort hails from across the country and boasts a broad range of expertise from science, research and development; farm health and safety, education and farm business management. The 2020 […]

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Farmers disappointed by Government’s handling of biosecurity levy

Today’s announcement by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment that the Government would not be proceeding with a long-awaited levy to bolster the national biosecurity system comes as a blow to Australia’s farmers. The levy was first proposed in a 2017 independent review, which found that the national biosecurity system was underfunded, and […]

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Practical approach to emissions abatement acknowledged by farmers

The National Farmers’ Federation has welcomed the release of the expert panel examining additional sources of low-cost emissions abatement (the King Review) and the accompanying supportive government responses. NFF Chief Executive Tony Mahar said the King Review, developed by former Business Council of Australia President Grant King, presented bite-sized recommendations that could be progressed for […]

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Statement on the People’s Republic of China’s tariffs on Australian barley

The National Farmers’ Federation is frustrated and deeply concerned with China’s decision to impose punitive tariffs on Australian barley effective immediately. The announcement comes following an anti-dumping and countervailing subsidy investigation established by the People’s Republic of China initiated in November 2018. From today, Australian barley will face a dumping margin of up to 73.6% […]

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Water allocations reignite confidence

Today’s announcements in New South Wales and Victoria affirm the expectations of southern basin irrigators that water allocations are heading in the right direction due to improved inflows, National Farmers’ Federation Tony Mahar said. Mr Mahar said it was hoped that good snow cover and forecast weather events would continue to see allocations grow in […]

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Bipartisanship on GM regulation opens new opportunities for South Australian farmers

The National Farmers’ Federation has welcomed a long-awaited decision by the South Australian Parliament to lift the moratorium on commercial cultivation of GM crops on mainland South Australia. Following passage of the Genetically Modified Crops Management (Designated Area) Amendment Bill this afternoon, South Australian farmers will finally have the ability to grow the same crops […]

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Farmers come together at milestone meeting

The National Farmers’ Federation and its state and commodity members have convened today for the first time in the Federation’s 41-year history via video conference for the Federation’s biannual Members’ Council meeting. Usually held in Canberra, Members’ Council is the forum for the formal adoption of NFF policy positions on issues of federal importance to […]

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Statement on agricultural exports to China

President Fiona Simson said the National Farmers’ Federation was concerned about disruptions to agricultural trade between Australia and China. “Two thirds of Australia’s farm production is exported. Almost one third of this, 28 per cent, is exported to China, including 18% of our total beef production and 49% of our barley.” Ms Simson said. “China […]

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RRRCC: Bush communications coalition calls for passage of Telecommunications Reform Package legislation

The Telecommunications Reform Package is due in the Senate this week and the Regional, Rural and Remote Communications Coalition (RRRCC) is calling for all sides of politics support passage of the legislation. The two Bills that comprise the Telecommunications Reform Package include important provisions that will support guaranteed access to reliable telecommunications for all Australians, […]

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