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Australia’s sustainability livestock story shared on the global stage


The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) has this week closely watched the developments at the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Global Conference on Sustainable Livestock, where Australia’s sustainability message was highlighted. The NFF acknowledges the FAO for supporting global dialogue on the future of the livestock sector that is grounded in science and evidence-based discussion. This […]

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4 days ago


Farmers losing confidence as government risks Middle Eastern gaffe


In a letter to Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, farming groups have expressed frustration and warned of irreversible harm to the agricultural sector and to Australia’s trade and diplomatic partnerships in the Middle East. Calling on the Prime Minister and Minister Watt to reverse its policy on the phase out of live sheep by sea, the […]

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4 days ago


Update on election of new NFF officeholders 


Nominations for the roles of President, Vice President and Director of the National Farmers’ Federation have now closed.  An election process for contested positions will now be undertaken, with results to be announced at the NFF’s Annual General Meeting in Canberra on 25 October 2023.  The following nominations have been received.  Nominations for the position […]

1 week ago


Varroa mite decision requires response


Today the National Farmers’ Federation Horticulture Council is calling on the Albanese Government to respond to the decision to stop the Varroa Mite eradication effort with a clear commitment to conclude its review of the legality of levying containerised cargo under international law before the end of the year. Council Chair Jolyon Burnett said while […]

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2 weeks ago


Farmers call out misinformation on Basin Bill


Farming groups have come together in Canberra today to call out the misinformation peddled in Parliament this week regarding the Government’s rewrite of the Murray Darling Basin Plan. National Farmers’ Federation Chief Executive Tony Mahar said the fact the Government felt the need to stretch the truth just revealed how flawed the proposal is. “We’ve seen […]

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3 weeks ago


World-first research suggests natural capital impacts farm performance


Australian research project, Farming for the Future releases preliminary findings In a study of global significance and at a scale never previously undertaken, Phase 2 of the Farming for the Future research program has collected financial, ecological and social data from 130 Australian grazing and cropping enterprises, the preliminary results of which were unveiled today […]

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3 weeks ago


Statement on resumption of Indonesian live cattle trade


Comments attributable to NFF Chief Executive, Tony Mahar The National Farmers’ Federation welcomes the agreement to resume the trade of Australian buffalo and cattle following restrictions imposed by Indonesia. We appreciate this has been a challenging time for the Australian and Indonesian industries as these issues were worked through. We look forward to continuing our […]

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3 weeks ago


Statement on delay of IR Bill


Comments attributable to NFF Chief Executive, Tony Mahar We thank the Coalition and members of the Senate crossbench who today pumped the brakes on the Government’s ill-conceived industrial relations bill. The Senate and the Australian public deserve the opportunity to review and debate what is little more than a union wish list that will do […]

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4 weeks ago


Water Bill a recipe for hurt, division and higher food prices


Farmers are warning that a bill introduced today by Water Minister Tanya Plibersek would obliterate consensus on the Basin Plan and give the Government unchecked power to shut down irrigation farms in Australia’s food bowl. NFF Chief Executive Tony Mahar said the proposal would blow up the Basin Plan and destroy trust and livelihoods in Basin […]

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4 weeks ago


Burke’s IR reforms a ticket to productivity paralysis


The National Farmers’ Federation is calling for a rethink of the latest industrial relations reforms to shift the focus from pleasing the unions to lifting productivity. NFF Vice President David Jochinke said the package announced today was a recipe for cost and confusion that would only benefit power hungry unions. “This isn’t about serving the […]

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4 weeks ago


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