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NFF Code sets the ground rules for farm data

The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) has today released the first iteration of the Australian Farm Data Code (the Code), in a move designed to help farmers embrace new technologies while maintaining confidence in how their data is used. The landmark Code is the result of collaborative effort led by the NFF, bringing together agricultural technology […]

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Farmers win in High Court piece work battle

Horticulture farmers can breathe a sigh of relief following a common-sense ruling in defence of existing piece work provisions. The High Court of Australia today accepted the National Farmers’ Federation arguments in refusing the Fair Work Ombudsman’s special leave application, in which they sought permission to lodge an appeal against the split decision of the […]

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Sustainability Initiatives​

Sustainability Initiatives Sustainable agricultural practices are at the heart of farming in Australia. The scale, diversity and variability of Australian agriculture demand that Australian farmers maintain the highest standards of land and animal stewardship in order to survive. The Australian agricultural industry’s approach to sustainable agricultural practices is evident across the life cycle of food […]

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Australian and Indonesian Governments to be congratulated

After years of negotiation, the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) has passed its final hurdle. The agreement was ratified by the Indonesian Parliament last Thursday. “The National Farmers’ Federation is extremely pleased to see this agreement finalised,” NFF President Fiona Simson said. “This agreement represents a huge win for Australian farmers as well as […]

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Farmers draw a line in the sand on EU FTA

Yesterday, a delegation representing agriculture sectors in the EU’s firing line met with the Deputy Prime Minister, Michael McCormack, and the Minister for Trade, Simon Birmingham, to voice their concerns about Australia’s trade negotiations with the European Union. Led by the National Farmers’ Federation, the delegation expressed their dismay that the EU was refusing to […]

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Littleproud to provide the continuity agriculture needs in tough times

National Farmers’ Federation President Fiona Simson has congratulated David Littleproud on his appointment as Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management. “Having held the agriculture portfolio before and most recently the responsibilities of water, drought, rural finance, natural disaster and emergency management, Minister Littleproud knows the farm sector’s issues better than most,” Ms Simson said. […]

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Interest rate cut welcomed by farmers during tough times

Lower interest rates on Regional Investment Corporation (RIC) loans is welcomed good news for farmers, NFF Chief Executive Officer Tony Mahar said. “Farmers across the country continue to be severely challenged by the unprecedented drought conditions.   “Access to low interest loans allows farmers to maintain valuable breeding stock and to remain in business while the […]

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Farm Chemicals

The responsible use, monitoring and storage of farm chemicals is of paramount importance to Australia’s farmers, and must be consistently applied across state borders in line with community expectations about safety and sound environmental management. The NFF represents one of the largest groups of legitimate chemical users in Australia. The NFF proposes and supports policies, […]

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NFF welcomes additional drought relief measures

National Farmers Federation, President Fiona Simson yesterday took part in the first meeting of the Federal Government’s National Drought and North Queensland Flood Response and Recovery Agency Advisory Board, led by Shane Stone, in Orange. The meeting coincided with an announcement of further support for local governments and schools, by Prime Minister Scott Morrison and […]

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New technologies and the improved use of available technologies – such a biotechnology and genetically modified (GM) crops – have assisted Australian farmers achieve efficiency and productivity gains, and have helped ensure Australian agriculture can remain competitive on international markets. The NFF recognises the potential of biotechnology (including gene technology) as a valuable tool within […]

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