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Best year yet for agriculture; $100 billion in view

Farmgate output of $100 billion by 2030 is in farmers’ sights, with today’s forecast for this year to be the sector’s best on record. The Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics and Science forecasts farm production to tally $65.9 billion in 2020-2021, driven by strong commodity prices and improved seasonal conditions. “The past three […]

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The time is now for Australia’s regionalisation

Regional Australia has a one in 100-year opportunity to set the agenda for what is needed to achieve a brighter and more prosperous future for the bush. This is the call to action in the National Farmers’ Federation-led Regionalisation Agenda paper launched today. NFF Chief Executive Tony Mahar said the paper provided a clear pathway […]

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Capital drought places farming’s $100 billion vision at risk

A report out today by AgriFutures quantifies the capital drought constraining Australian agriculture’s growth and identifies the main barriers to investment. The Capital requirements of Australia’s Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Sector report says the sector will need to find $8.7 billion in new investment this decade to reach the National Farmers’ Federation-led target of $100 […]

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Food Forum squeezes life out of Australia’s growers

Today’s decision by the ANZ Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation to slash the rating for pure, fresh Australian fruit and vegetable juices has failed Australian growers. National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) Chief Executive Tony Mahar described the decision to apply lower Health Star Ratings to fresh juices than those given to chemical-laden diet soft-drinks as baffling. […]

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Statement by NFF CEO Tony Mahar on agriculture and emissions

The NFF’s climate policy is clear: farming and agriculture cannot be worse off going forward with any carbon commitments or emissions reduction schemes. The NFF has a clear climate change policy that supports an economy-wide NCZ 2050 target with two clear caveats – that there is an economically viable pathway forward and agriculture is not […]

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Investment in trade, workers & climate headline NFF’s budget asks

Farmers have provided a detailed list of what Government can do to propel the sector’s contribution to Australia’s COVID-19 economic recovery and to support a continued prosperous future. Headlining the NFF’s 2021-2022 pre-budget submission is a call for Government to invest in the development of a long-term agriculture trade strategy. “Recent disruptions will cost the […]

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Lost crops costing farmers’ mental health

The scarcity of seasonal workers continues to impact growers as crop losses climb to over $45 million this week. The labour shortage is a result of Federal and state government decisions to restrict the movement of people through the Australian border in order to manage the human health impacts of COVID-19. Sixty-five separate crop losses […]

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NFF welcomes EPBC Act final report

The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) welcomes the release of the final report of the second Independent Statutory Review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, led by Professor Graeme Samuel AC. “The NFF has been seeking reform of the Act for more than a decade and the final report provides a pathway for […]

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