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NFF welcomes appointment of new Climate Change Authority Chair

The National Farmers’ Federation welcomes the appointment of Mr Grant King as Chair of the Climate Change Authority, as well as new members Ms Susie Smith and Mr John McGee. “The NFF has a core focus on ensuring the design and implementation of emission reduction and climate change responses do not disadvantage farmers, and the […]

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NFF praises regionalisation in action

New South Wales’ Namoi region will be further developed to promote agriculture particularly beef, sheep and poultry through a partnership between Namoi Unlimited, the NSW Government and the Future Food Systems CRC. The development is part of the Namoi’s appointment as one of four Regional Jobs Precinct’s in regional NSW, which is an extension of […]

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EU’s geographical indicator regime a Trojan horse for Australian farmers and processors

Today, the European Union (EU) announced haloumi would be added to the growing list of geographical indicators (GI) products. The move means Australian cheesemakers could be forbidden from using the term ‘haloumi’ to describe their cheese. “This is a negative outcome for Australian farmers, processors, and consumers who now risk having their consumption choices needlessly […]

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Deadline extended for NFF’s transformative leadership program

Women with a passion for shaping agriculture’s future have until Wednesday, 14 April to apply for the National Farmers’ Federation’s 2021 Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program. The Program is an opportunity to take part in one-on-one mentoring; to investigate leadership pathways and to network with like-minded leaders. In its fourth year, graduates of the Diversity […]

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Flood support available to farmers as recovery begins

Farmers in flood impacted areas of the east coast are counting the cost of this week’s rain. National Farmers Federation chief executive Tony Mahar said it was too early to determine the exact extent of the damage but it was significant. “Farmers lost livestock, had pastures and infrastructure inundated and were cut off from their […]

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NFF cautiously welcomes ACCC’s final water market report

The ACCC has today published the final report from its inquiry into Murray-Darling Basin water markets. The NFF cautiously welcomes the report’s findings. “Irrigators will be cautious of proposals to create new agencies and more regulation that might impose further costs for farmers,” NFF CEO Tony Mahar said. “Water trading is a critically important tool […]

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Industry & government must do more to ensure safety of farm workers

National Farmers’ Federation chief executive Tony Mahar says a report today by the ABC of the alleged sexual harassment of female backpackers on a Queensland farm is horrifying and industry and government has to do more to better protect farm workers. “The detailed accounts from a number of female backpackers of alleged sexual harassment by […]

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NFF implores workers to report underpayment

The National Farmers’ Federation is urging horticulture workers who believe they have been underpaid to report their experience to the relevant authority.  “Whether you’re a backpacker, part of the Seasonal Worker Program, a school leaver, or a full-time employee, you are an essential part of our farm sector.  “It is crucial that you have a […]

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Government’s extension of international freight assistance a lifeline to farmers

The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) has applauded the Federal Government’s announcement on the extension of the International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM) to 30 September 2021. “The Government has demonstrated it understands the serious supply chain challenges, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, confronting many export industries, including the agriculture sector,” NFF CEO Tony Mahar said. “The […]

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Applications open for Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program

To mark International Women’s Day 2021, applications open today for the NFF’s fourth annual Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program. A now well-established initiative, the Program is a mentoring opportunity for women who want to play a leading role in shaping the future of agriculture and regional Australia. Graduates of the Program, now a 30-strong alumni, […]

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