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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 […]

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Overall agriculture production strong, farm incomes take a dive

The National Farmers’ Federation President Fiona Simson says strong forecast production figures for the sector were juxtaposed by a sharp decline in individual farm incomes. The Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics and Science (ABARES) today forecast 2019-20 agricultural production to be $59 billion, down compared to $62 billion in 2018-19, but still well […]

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Regional groups call for passage of Telecommunications Reform Package

Passage of the Telecommunications Reform Package is a key step towards guaranteeing country communities access to reliable communications, according to the Regional, Rural and Remote Communications Coalition (RRRCC). Due before the Senate in March, the Telecommunications Reform Package aims to provide improved access to broadband services across the country with an emphasis on regional, rural […]

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(RRRCC) Digital Technology Hub — consultation paper

The Digital Tech Hub is an important initiative that will help to deliver on Goal 4: Digital capacity building for regional, rural and remote Australia, and the RRRCC welcomed the government’s 2019-20 Budget commitment to establish the Hub. The RRRCC believes that Australian society and the economy stand to gain from having regional, rural and […]

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Supercharged Fellowship opportunity for aspiring agricultural leaders

The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) and The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (The Trust) have joined forces to provide an exciting opportunity for two aspiring agricultural leaders. Applications are now open for the 2020 round of Churchill Fellowships, a unique award that supports people from diverse backgrounds to explore best practice anywhere in the world for […]

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NFF Communique on MDB Tour

The National Farmers’ Federation met last week met with farmers and community members across the Murray Darling Basin catchment, from southern Queensland to the mouth of the Murray in South Australia. President Fiona Simson, Chief Executive Officer Tony Mahar and representatives of NFF’s member organisations held in meetings in Goondiwindi, St George, Dirranbandi, Walgett, Menindee, […]

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FarmHub introduces drought preparedness resources

From one easy-to-navigate Drought Preparedness e-Guide, farmers can now access over one hundred Farm Risk Management Resources to assist them in preparing for drought. A Commonwealth Government initiative delivered by the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF), FarmHub is the first national directory of support and assistance measures tailor-made for farmers. The Drought Preparedness e-Guide provides farmers with […]

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NFF Code sets the ground rules for farm data

The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) has today released the first iteration of the Australian Farm Data Code (the Code), in a move designed to help farmers embrace new technologies while maintaining confidence in how their data is used. The landmark Code is the result of collaborative effort led by the NFF, bringing together agricultural technology […]

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Farmers win in High Court piece work battle

Horticulture farmers can breathe a sigh of relief following a common-sense ruling in defence of existing piece work provisions. The High Court of Australia today accepted the National Farmers’ Federation arguments in refusing the Fair Work Ombudsman’s special leave application, in which they sought permission to lodge an appeal against the split decision of the […]

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Sustainability Initiatives​

Sustainability Initiatives Sustainable agricultural practices are at the heart of farming in Australia. The scale, diversity and variability of Australian agriculture demand that Australian farmers maintain the highest standards of land and animal stewardship in order to survive. The Australian agricultural industry’s approach to sustainable agricultural practices is evident across the life cycle of food […]

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