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Inquiry a chance to get a better deal for farmers

The National Farmers’ Federation has welcomed today’s announcement of an ACCC inquiry into perishable agricultural goods. Chief Executive Tony Mahar said there continued to be systemic power imbalances across Australia’s food supply chain and a Government-sanctioned inquiry into these markets was a prudent step. “The importance of a robust, sustainable food supply chain, from paddock […]

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National Cabinet adopts NFF’s call for Agricultural Worker Movement Code

Farmers, foresters and the greater agriculture supply chain have applauded a commitment by National Cabinet today to develop a national Agricultural Worker Movement Code, following calls from the National Farmers’ Federation and state farming organisations. Speaking after the meeting, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said all states and territories had agreed to develop the Code within […]

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NFF calls for net carbon zero by 2050

Australia’s peak farm body has thrown its weight behind an aspirational economy-wide target of net carbon zero by 2050 (NCZ2050). Members of the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) have voted in favour of the landmark policy – which includes strict caveats regarding fair implementation and economic viability – at an online meeting this month. NFF President […]

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Farming and food industry bodies unite to focus on the future of protein

NSW Farmers, Food Frontier and the National Farmers’ Federation have today marked the launch of the new national Future of Protein Forum that brings together traditional livestock, plant, and alternative protein producers to meet the projected demand for Australian protein. NSW Farmers’ CEO Peter Arkle said that the Forum would be a great opportunity for […]

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Statement on China’s anti-dumping investigation into Australian wine imports

A decision by the Chinese Government to immediately launch a one-year anti-dumping investigation into Australia’s wine imports is baffling and deeply concerning. As is the prospect of a countervailing duties investigation, which has also been flagged with the Australian Government, by Chinese authorities today. Australian wine exporters, like all Australian farmers, operate in a free […]

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Farmers back expansion of Country of Origin Labelling to seafood & flowers

Chief Executive, Tony Mahar said the National Farmers’ Federation supported the extension of Country of Origin Labelling (CoOL) to seafood and pre-packed cut flowers. The extension will be one of the contemplations in a review of the CoOL regulation by the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources. The review will examine the impacts of […]

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More to do to protect workers; backpacker ban not the answer

National Farmers’ Federation President, Fiona Simson said more must be done to protect the rights and safety of backpackers in Australian workplaces, but a ban on working holiday makers was not the solution. “Backpackers and other seasonal workers are a vital part of Australia’s farm workforce and intrinsic to the fabric and vibrancy of regional […]

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Farmers call for strong action on imported cut flower biosecurity non-compliance

Farmers are demanding action from the Federal Government on worryingly high levels of biosecurity non-compliance in imported cut flowers and the threat posed to Australia’s agriculture sector and environment. National Farmers’ Federation Chief Executive Tony Mahar said the Australian Government has been taking strong action on other biosecurity threats like African swine fever, and it […]

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National Q Fever Taskforce welcomes government investment in new Q fever vaccine

Joint Media Release The National Q Fever Taskforce welcomes the announcement yesterday by Regional Health Minister Mark Coulton that the Australian Government will invest $1.87 million to support the development of a new vaccine for Q fever. The Taskforce was formed in 2019 to raise awareness of Q fever and its impacts on regional communities […]

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