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Research funding to deliver easier-to-access Q Fever vaccine

The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) has today welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement of $1.8 million for trials of an updated Q Fever vaccine. The NFF and its members have long been advocating for better access to Q Fever vaccinations as farmers and those who work with livestock are most at risk of contracting the illness. […]

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Vanuatuan worker trial to help this year’s top end mango harvest

The National Farmers’ Federation Chief Executive Officer, Tony Mahar said a move to bring seasonal workers from Vanuatu to the Northern Territory was a pragmatic decision needed to keep the top end’s 2020 mango harvest on track. “The beginning of the NT’s mango picking season is imminent. In a normal year, NT mango growers depend […]

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Farmers, communities & environment suffer from dysfunctional water market; reform needed

The Treasurer has today released the interim report of the Murray-Darling Basin Water Markets Inquiry carried out by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. “The report is clear and unequivocal about the need for decisive, rapid and comprehensive reform,” National Farmers’ Federation Chief Executive Tony Mahar said. “The report notes that ‘the Basin’s water rights […]

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Bush communications coalition welcomes new regional connectivity grants program, calls for communities to get involved

This week the Australian Government’s $53 million Regional Connectivity Program (RCP) competitive grants opened for applications, a milestone welcomed by the Regional, Rural and Remote Communications Coalition (RRRCC). The RCP grants will fund infrastructure to provide mobile or broadband services that provide both economic and social benefits and directly address the needs of a regional, […]

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Farm worker shortage bites as picking begins, farmers urged to consider Plan B

Australia’s farm sector is facing a serious workforce shortage exacerbated by international and state COVID-19 travel restrictions as the picking of citrus and summer fruits gets underway. National Farmers’ Federation Chief Executive Tony Mahar said concern was growing about farmers’ ability to access the workers they need to get the job done. “Like fruit and […]

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UN must clarify position on agricultural carbon

Joint Media Release Cattle Council of Australia and the National Farmers’ Federation have slammed the United Nations for its over-simplified claims regarding the impact of the meat industry on climate change. The UN has published this claim on social media: “The meat industry is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than the world’s biggest oil […]

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NFF says more must be done to improve attitudes to farm safety

National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) Chief Executive Officer Tony Mahar says a new report into farm safety provides for sobering reading. Farmsafe Australia’s inaugural report, Safer Farms reveals that more than 200 people have lost their lives on Australian farms in the past 18 months. The report features data related to on-farm injuries and fatalities and […]

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Farmers: Do the right thing PM Morrison – we’re counting on you

The National Farmers’ Federation believes Federal Cabinet is set to meet to decide whether to appeal the Federal Court’s decision in favour of the Brett Cattle Company, in the matter regarding the 2011 shut down of the live cattle trade to Indonesia. “At this seemingly eleventh hour, our message to Prime Minister Morrison is clear […]

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