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Farmers call for security step-up as FMD reaches Bali

The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) is extremely concerned following reports that Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) has spread to Bali. NFF President Fiona Simson is calling on the Federal Government and travellers to immediately step up our defence to protect Australia from this potentially devastating disease. “Now that borders are open, international travel is rapidly […]

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3 days ago

NFF backs hands-on action on lumpy skin disease

The National Farmers’ Federation has welcomed pragmatic and proactive action by the Federal Government to protect Australia’s bovine industry from the serious risk of lumpy skin disease. Lumpy skin disease (LSD) is a viral disease of cattle and water buffalo and has a serious impact on an animal’s quality of life and reproductive capability. In […]


3 months ago

NFF launches #TimetoThrive 2022 federal election platform on Day 1 of National Conference

The National Farmers’ Federation has outlined five key priorities a future Government must deliver on at day one of its National Conference in Canberra. Speaking immediately after an address by Prime Minister Scott Morrison and before Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese, NFF President Fiona Simson said the 2022 federal election came at a pivotal time for agriculture and […]

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3 months ago

More cash for pest and weed control good news for farmers

A new joint investment by Federal, state and territory governments in managing feral pests and weeds is good news for farmers. The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences estimates farmers dedicate on average 66 days and spend about $11,500 on weed control and $8000 on feral animal control per property every year. […]


6 months ago

Submission to Draft Report of the Independent Review of the Agvet Chemicals Regulatory System

The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) welcomed the opportunity to provide comment on the Draft Report of the Independent Review of the Agvet Chemicals Framework (Draft Report). The NFF strongly supports the independence and scientific rigour of our national regulator for agvet chemicals, the APVMA, and this must be maintained. However, we recognise considerable opportunity for […]


3 March 2021

NSW Inquiry into the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Amendment (Restrictions on Stock Animal Procedures) Bill 2019

The NFF believe the bill does not recognise the established standards and guidelines process, and proposes to ban mulesing in NSW by 1 January 2022, and to mandate the use of pain relief for a range of livestock husbandry procedures. The NFF does not support these provisions, for the reasons outlined below. Download PDF File


27 August 2020

Draft Pest Risk Analysis for Cut Flower and Foliage Imports – Part 2

While the NFF is a strong advocate for agricultural trade between countries, this trade must be managed so as not to put at risk our favourable pest and disease status, which is vital for farming, for the wider community and the environment. The NFF and its member organisations are concerned that the biosecurity risk associated […]


25 August 2020

Farm sector braces for coronavirus impact

National Farmers’ Federation Chief Executive Officer, Tony Mahar says agriculture is feeling the effects of COVID-19 (coronavirus) on multiple fronts. “The most obvious impact is on Australian farm exports,” Mr Mahar said. “Seventy-five per cent of what we produce is exported. On average one third of these exports go to key markets including China, Korea […]


6 March 2020

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, […]


29 January 2020

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 […]


22 January 2020

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