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Farm Chemicals

The responsible use, monitoring and storage of farm chemicals is of paramount importance to Australia’s farmers, and must be consistently applied across state borders in line with community expectations about safety and sound environmental management. The NFF represents one of the largest groups of legitimate chemical users in Australia. The NFF proposes and supports policies, […]

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Livestock exports

The Australian livestock export industry has undergone major changes over the last several years, as a result of the ABC Four Corners report into live exports in 2012, the Government suspension and the subsequent resumption of trade. At the heart of these changes has been ensuring continuous improvements in animal welfare. The suspension of the […]

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Animal Health & Welfare

Good animal welfare is consistent with good farming because high quality agricultural products require healthy animals and excellence in animal care. Farmers are strong advocates of good animal health and welfare outcomes. Australia has strict state legislation governing animal production and welfare. These laws differ from state to state, making animal welfare complicated. The NFF […]

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Biosecurity and Quarantine

Biosecurity boosts agricultural production and is a major asset in marketing Australian produce overseas because new export markets demand high-quality, safe food. A robust, efficient and science-based quarantine and biosecurity regime is critical to maintaining Australia’s favourable trade position by preventing pest and disease incursions. The NFF seeks a strong, robust and science based approach […]

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New biosecurity advisory group to provide industry voice to government

Today the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Bridget McKenzie, announced she has established a new biosecurity advisory group, Biosecurity Futures, to provide government with industry intelligence, advice and ideas on biosecurity matters. The group will be chaired by the Minister and include representatives from industries and sectors with a strong interest in biosecurity, including agriculture. National […]

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Farmers applaud Government's plan for National Feral Pig Coordinator

Following calls for action by the National Farmers’ Federation and Australian Pork Limited, the Minister for Agriculture Bridget McKenzie today announced that the Government would fund a new National Feral Pig Coordinator. Feral pigs are a major pest to Australia’s $60 billion agriculture industry and cause serious damage to the natural environment. NFF CEO Tony […]

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Prevention of Cruelty to Animals – Draft Regulations 2019

The NFF supports a nationally consistent approach to animal welfare regulation, underpinned by the animal welfare standards and guidelines process. Language in the draft regulations should be amended to be consistent with the livestock welfare standards and guidelines and Australian Animal Standards for Sheep.

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Farmers call for feral pig cull

The National Farmers’ Federation has called on governments to act immediately to control Australia’s 24 million-strong feral pig population. “Feral pigs destroy crops, degrade soil and water and spread weeds. Alarmingly they also have the potential to spread endemic and exotic diseases such as African Swine Fever,” NFF Chief Executive Tony Mahar said. “Specifically, we’re […]

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Farmers call for bolstered biosecurity budget

Ensuring Australia’s biosecurity is adequately resourced must be a number one priority for Government to protect the economy, the environment and agriculture from unwanted pests and diseases. This is the message from the National Farmers’ Federation. The NFF is calling for government to prioritise the implementation of the Biosecurity Imports Levy. The levy would make […]

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Farmers welcome independent oversight of live animal export regulation

The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) welcomes the introduction of legislation to formally establish the role of the Inspector General of Live Animal Exports. The Bill, introduced in the Senate yesterday by Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie, delivers on a key recommendation of the 2018 independent review of the live animal exports regulator (the Moss Review). The […]

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