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Farmers reassure Aussies in tough times

Farmers have got your back. This is the message for Melbourne commuters this week, as part of the National Farmers Federation’s ongoing campaign to reassure Australians. “Farmers want all Australians to know that running out of food, is one thing they don’t need to be worrying about in these challenging times,” NFF President Fiona Simson […]

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Certainty for farm workforce continuity & safety

The National Farmers’ Federation and its members have thanked the Government for providing foreign workers the opportunity to extend their visas and keep working on Australian farms. The NFF and its members have been working collaboratively with the Government on the issue of farm workforce stability and safety for some time. The decision to extend […]

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Support welcomed for take off of Aussie food exports

The National Farmers’ Federation has welcomed support to ensure Australia’s world class seafood, dairy and red meat products continue to be enjoyed in key Asian markets. “Australian farmers export 75 per cent of what they produce,” NFF President Fiona Simson said. “Access to key markets is essential to the continued success of our industry and […]

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COVID-19: Roadhouses to stay open & keep truckies truckin’

Truck drivers, the vital link between farms and supermarkets, can continue their work safely, thanks to new exemptions for roadhouses, made by the National Cabinet last night. The National Farmers’ Federation had been concerned of reports of roadhouses shutting their doors to comply with COVID-19 mitigation requirements and the impact on truck drivers who needed […]

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Farmers call for urgent action on visa extensions

The horticulture industry is urging the Federal Government to give them the confidence they need to plant the next crop by extending visas of seasonal fruit, vegetable and nut pickers who are already in the country. The National Farmers’ Federation Horticulture Council and the Australian Fresh Produce Alliance (AFPA) are united in calling on government […]

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COVID-19: Statement from Australia’s livestock industry: Saleyard operations

Australia’s livestock industry has welcomed today’s assurance from Agriculture Minister, David Littleproud, that saleyards will continue to operate. Ensuring continuity in food supply at this difficult time is of critical importance and livestock selling centres are a key component of the food supply chain. Saleyard operators, agents, buyers, processors and producers are acutely aware of […]

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Farmers urged to go online to have their say on biodiversity certification

Online consultations have begun this week for the National Farmers Federation’s Australian Farm Biodiversity Certification Scheme Trial. The first forum, held yesterday for Western Australia, included 30 participants from farmers to academic, agricultural and natural resource management organisation’s representatives. The impacts of COVID-19 are being widely felt across all agricultural activities and farm groups, and […]

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COVID-19: Governments must guarantee nationally consistent provisions for farmers and transport operators

Governments must assure all Australians that the agricultural supply chain will not be disrupted by state and territory border closures and mandatory quarantine periods, the National Farmers’ Federation has reiterated today. “Protecting human health is the most important priority and the requirement for state border closures and mandatory quarantine is understood,” NFF CEO Tony Mahar […]

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COVID-19: NFF calls for the food supply chain to be listed as an essential service

The National Farmers Federation has today reiterated the urgent need for agriculture and the food supply chain to be deemed an essential service, for the purpose of the COVID-19 response. “We have been in discussions, as recently as this afternoon, with the Government clearly acknowledging the critical importance of a reliable food supply chain,” NFF President Fiona Simson said. “The NFF has […]

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Don’t panic, we’ve got your back Farmers reassure Aussies about food security

Australians do not need to be concerned about a national food shortage. This is the message to the community from the National Farmers’ Federation today. “Bare supermarket shelves can be unsettling during these uncertain times and it’s natural to want to look after our families as best we can,” National Farmers Federation, President Fiona Simson […]

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