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Statement on Government Response to Samuel Review


Comments attributable to Tony Mahar, Chief Executive, National Farmers’ Federation As custodians of more than half of Australia’s landmass, farmers play a central role in caring for and improving our natural environment. Any genuine plan to protect and improve biodiversity can only succeed in partnership with the farming community. Today’s response to the Samuel Review […]

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Ministers must make sure energy projects don’t diminish food production


The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) is calling on Australian energy ministers to make sure the transition to renewable energy is overseen by a national code, so we don’t sacrifice food security for energy security. The NFF has written to the ministers ahead of their meeting on Friday, outlining agriculture’s priorities, backed by the Energy Policy […]

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$85b high note, but time to fix pockmarked roads and ruined rail


Australian farmers yet again show they punch above their weight, with production forecast to hit a near-record $85 billion despite the significant curveballs the season has thrown their way. The ABARES Agricultural Commodities and Crop Reports show agriculture has forecast farmers will reap the second largest winter crop ever, with bumper crops in some regions […]

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Candid kelpie wins #AgDayAU photo competition


An image capturing a dog and dairy cows enjoying a dip and a drink has been awarded first prize in the 2022 National Agriculture Day photo and video competition. It was the first year the competition opened up to video entries and National Farmers’ Federation President Fiona Simson said it was exciting to see a […]

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Concerns remain despite IR Bill concessions


The National Farmers’ Federation has acknowledged the concessions granted which will see the Secure Jobs, Better Pay Bill pass the Parliament this week, but warns that the consequences for the food supply chain remain largely unknown. NFF President Fiona Simson said it was disappointing to see a government so disinterested in the genuinely held concerns of employers. […]

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Farm sector leaders call for action on competition, energy and infrastructure at national meeting


National representatives of Australia’s agriculture sector, meeting in Canberra today, have called on the Federal Government to respond to a number of issues impacting farmers. The National Farmers’ Federation membership came together to discuss several critical issues impacting the sector, noting the number of pressing issues confronting the sector continued to grow, placing pressure on […]

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Food industry warns government of long-term food supply chain disruptions


The National Food Supply Chain Alliance, made up of nine influential national food industry associations, says long term supply chain issues, including ongoing natural disasters and labour shortages, are set to increase food prices for the foreseeable future. It says recent threats have laid bare Australia’s food supply chain’s dependencies, risks, and vulnerabilities. The Alliance, […]

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Report Card on $100b goal highlights the good and the bad of 2022


The National Farmers’ Federation has today released its 2022 Report Card – tracking progress against the industry’s goal to be Australia’s next $100 billion industry. NFF CEO Tony Mahar said that despite significant seasonal challenges facing farmers, the industry’s performance is holding surprisingly firm. “The latest figures show a forecast farm output of $82 billion […]

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Ag celebrates diversity graduates as new figures show growing women in leadership ranks


Key leaders in agriculture today celebrate the graduation of the 2022 Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program, which coincides with the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) revealing new figures showing growth in female leadership representation. The 12 graduates were recognised at Parliament House for completing the NFF-led program which offers mentoring with industry leaders and a two-day […]

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Australia marks National Agriculture Day as flooding decimates harvest


Today on National Agriculture Day thousands of Australians will celebrate the people who produce our food and fibre, providing a much-needed morale boost for farmers whose farms are being ravaged by floods and supply chains are thrown into chaos. For the sixth AgDay, people will come together in high-rise offices, schools, homes and paddocks to […]

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