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Worker plan food for thought, no panacea

The NFF say today’s release of the much-anticipated National Agriculture Workforce Strategy comes as farmers seek immediate and longer-term answers to crippling worker shortages. NFF CEO Tony Mahar said the strategy unfortunately did not provide a silver bullet but outlined wide-ranging practical measures that if implemented, could increase agriculture’s labour pool for the future. “A […]

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Submission to Draft Report of the Independent Review of the Agvet Chemicals Regulatory System

The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) welcomed the opportunity to provide comment on the Draft Report of the Independent Review of the Agvet Chemicals Framework (Draft Report). The NFF strongly supports the independence and scientific rigour of our national regulator for agvet chemicals, the APVMA, and this must be maintained. However, we recognise considerable opportunity for […]

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ABARES confirms workforce challenges for horticulture

The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) has confirmed that the severe labour shortages in the horticulture sector have led to a fall in horticulture production across the country. According to ABARES, the lack of supply in overseas harvest workers, particularly from the Working Holiday Maker program, will result in a […]

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Best year yet for agriculture; $100 billion in view

Farmgate output of $100 billion by 2030 is in farmers’ sights, with today’s forecast for this year to be the sector’s best on record. The Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics and Science forecasts farm production to tally $65.9 billion in 2020-2021, driven by strong commodity prices and improved seasonal conditions. “The past three […]

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The time is now for Australia’s regionalisation

Regional Australia has a one in 100-year opportunity to set the agenda for what is needed to achieve a brighter and more prosperous future for the bush. This is the call to action in the National Farmers’ Federation-led Regionalisation Agenda paper launched today. NFF Chief Executive Tony Mahar said the paper provided a clear pathway […]

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Capital drought places farming’s $100 billion vision at risk

A report out today by AgriFutures quantifies the capital drought constraining Australian agriculture’s growth and identifies the main barriers to investment. The Capital requirements of Australia’s Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Sector report says the sector will need to find $8.7 billion in new investment this decade to reach the National Farmers’ Federation-led target of $100 […]

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Food Forum squeezes life out of Australia’s growers

Today’s decision by the ANZ Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation to slash the rating for pure, fresh Australian fruit and vegetable juices has failed Australian growers. National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) Chief Executive Tony Mahar described the decision to apply lower Health Star Ratings to fresh juices than those given to chemical-laden diet soft-drinks as baffling. […]

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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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