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Statement by NFF CEO Tony Mahar on agriculture and emissions

The NFF’s climate policy is clear: farming and agriculture cannot be worse off going forward with any carbon commitments or emissions reduction schemes. The NFF has a clear climate change policy that supports an economy-wide NCZ 2050 target with two clear caveats – that there is an economically viable pathway forward and agriculture is not […]

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Investment in trade, workers & climate headline NFF’s budget asks

Farmers have provided a detailed list of what Government can do to propel the sector’s contribution to Australia’s COVID-19 economic recovery and to support a continued prosperous future. Headlining the NFF’s 2021-2022 pre-budget submission is a call for Government to invest in the development of a long-term agriculture trade strategy. “Recent disruptions will cost the […]

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Lost crops costing farmers’ mental health

The scarcity of seasonal workers continues to impact growers as crop losses climb to over $45 million this week. The labour shortage is a result of Federal and state government decisions to restrict the movement of people through the Australian border in order to manage the human health impacts of COVID-19. Sixty-five separate crop losses […]

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NFF welcomes EPBC Act final report

The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) welcomes the release of the final report of the second Independent Statutory Review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, led by Professor Graeme Samuel AC. “The NFF has been seeking reform of the Act for more than a decade and the final report provides a pathway for […]

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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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