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NFF welcomes appointment of new Climate Change Authority Chair

The National Farmers’ Federation welcomes the appointment of Mr Grant King as Chair of the Climate Change Authority, as well as new members Ms Susie Smith and Mr John McGee. “The NFF has a core focus on ensuring the design and implementation of emission reduction and climate change responses do not disadvantage farmers, and the […]

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NFF praises regionalisation in action

New South Wales’ Namoi region will be further developed to promote agriculture particularly beef, sheep and poultry through a partnership between Namoi Unlimited, the NSW Government and the Future Food Systems CRC. The development is part of the Namoi’s appointment as one of four Regional Jobs Precinct’s in regional NSW, which is an extension of […]

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EU’s geographical indicator regime a Trojan horse for Australian farmers and processors

Today, the European Union (EU) announced haloumi would be added to the growing list of geographical indicators (GI) products. The move means Australian cheesemakers could be forbidden from using the term ‘haloumi’ to describe their cheese. “This is a negative outcome for Australian farmers, processors, and consumers who now risk having their consumption choices needlessly […]

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Dedicate Agriculture Visa

The Australian agriculture sector is an economic powerhouse with huge potential for expansion, but the rate at which the sector is able to grow and prosper depends largely on its ability to overcome serious, chronic labour shortages. To provide a stable and sustainable workforce for agriculture that is fair and equitable for both workers and […]

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Australia – EU FTA

Free trade agreements are vitally important to Australian agriculture. More than 80% of Australia’s farm exports go to countries which have signed FTAs with Australia. The European Union remains one of the few unrealised opportunities with respect to new FTAs. The success of Australian agriculture is heavily linked to international trade. More than 70% of […]

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Deadline extended for NFF’s transformative leadership program

Women with a passion for shaping agriculture’s future have until Wednesday, 14 April to apply for the National Farmers’ Federation’s 2021 Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program. The Program is an opportunity to take part in one-on-one mentoring; to investigate leadership pathways and to network with like-minded leaders. In its fourth year, graduates of the Diversity […]

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Flood support available to farmers as recovery begins

Farmers in flood impacted areas of the east coast are counting the cost of this week’s rain. National Farmers Federation chief executive Tony Mahar said it was too early to determine the exact extent of the damage but it was significant. “Farmers lost livestock, had pastures and infrastructure inundated and were cut off from their […]

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NFF cautiously welcomes ACCC’s final water market report

The ACCC has today published the final report from its inquiry into Murray-Darling Basin water markets. The NFF cautiously welcomes the report’s findings. “Irrigators will be cautious of proposals to create new agencies and more regulation that might impose further costs for farmers,” NFF CEO Tony Mahar said. “Water trading is a critically important tool […]

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Industry & government must do more to ensure safety of farm workers

National Farmers’ Federation chief executive Tony Mahar says a report today by the ABC of the alleged sexual harassment of female backpackers on a Queensland farm is horrifying and industry and government has to do more to better protect farm workers. “The detailed accounts from a number of female backpackers of alleged sexual harassment by […]

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NFF implores workers to report underpayment

The National Farmers’ Federation is urging horticulture workers who believe they have been underpaid to report their experience to the relevant authority.  “Whether you’re a backpacker, part of the Seasonal Worker Program, a school leaver, or a full-time employee, you are an essential part of our farm sector.  “It is crucial that you have a […]

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