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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

Animal Welfare Policy

Australian farmers value the trust that the community places in them and know that community acceptance of the way they care for animals is essential to the agriculture industry’s success. The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) is committed to ongoing and transparent dialogue with the community about the management of animal welfare. Engagement with the community […]



Australia’s biosecurity system is fundamental to the success of our agriculture industries; to the health of our natural environment and our society and economy at large. An adequately funded and well-resourced and effective system will be an essential part of industry achieving our goal of $100 billion in farm gate output by 2030. The primary […]


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 […]


27 November 2019

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 […]


8 November 2019

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.


26 October 2019

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 […]


21 October 2019

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