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Liquid Fuel Security

As an industry that relies on diesel for the majority of its energy use, agriculture requires a secure supply of liquid fuel to ensure its operations can proceed uninterrupted. With approximately 89% of Australia’s food supply being sourced from Australian farms, a shortage of liquid fuels will hinder the industry in its efforts to produce […]

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National Cabinet on notice to end quarantine quagmire

Federal and state farming bodies are calling on National Cabinet to end the stalemate and agree on a consistent and safe approach to quarantine arrangements for foreign workers. The National Farmers Federation is supported in its call by its state-based members: AgForce Queensland Farmers Ltd, NSW Farmers, NT Farmers, Primary Producers South Australia, Tasmanian Farmers & […]

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AWU should stick to its knitting, leave shearing to the experts

The National Farmers’ Federation has counselled the Australian Workers Union to get the facts before grandstanding on issues they clearly know nothing about.   “Ill-informed claims about the underpayment of shearers are baseless and reek of shameful opportunism, a pattern of behaviour that unfortunately, during the pandemic, we have come to expect from the AWU,” NFF […]

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Quad Bike Safety Policy

The NFF recognises the essential nature of quad bikes to many Australian farm businesses. The NFF is committed to safeguarding farmers’ continued access to quad bikes by supporting sensible, evidence-backed measures to significantly improve the safety of these vehicles – ensuring that legal and regulatory consequences of their associated dangers do not constrict their availability […]

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Dedicated 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 labour shortages. To provide a stable and sustainable workforce for agriculture that is fair and equitable for both workers and employers, […]

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Fruit and veg losses top $38 million

Crop losses across the country directly as a result of ongoing labour shortages have continued to mount over the festive season, and have now topped $38 million. The National Lost Crop Register was launched in mid-December to capture the true cost to industry and the national economy from a lack of seasonal workers available to […]

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Trade package important commitment for farmers

The National Farmers’ Federation has welcomed the Agri-Business Expansion Initiative announced today by Minister Littleproud and Minister Tehan. The package includes: $42.9 million to allow Austrade to work with industry bodies to deliver targeted assistance and trade missions. $18.4 million for expansion of the Agricultural Trade and Market Access (ATMAC) program. $3.4 million to expand […]

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Trade Policy

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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NFF supports a rules-based trading system

Today, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Senator Simon Birmingham, announced the Australian Government would launch a World Trade Organisation (WTO) dispute settlement process against anti-dumping and countervailing tariffs imposed on Australian barley by the Chinese Government.  National Farmers’ Federation President Fiona Simson said the NFF supported actions to promote and uphold the rules of […]

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Media watchdog finds ABC Four Corners Basin report biased against farmers

The National Farmers’ Federation has welcomed a finding today by the Australian Communications & Media Authority (ACMA) that the ABC breached the impartiality rules of its own charter, when Four Corners sought to report on the Murray Darling Basin in July 2019.   The offending episode, Cash Splash, purported that grants for water efficiency projects, […]

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