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NFF hosts the next generation of agricultural leaders

The National Farmers’ Federation with support from Telstra has guided the next crop of agricultural leaders through an immersive three-day “bootcamp” for leadership.  The six participants from across the nation visited the nation’s capital for a leadership forum where they learnt about the ins and outs of Parliament, including meeting the Minister for Regional Development […]

4 days ago

NFF welcomes Biosecurity Strategy, calls for action on funding

The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) has welcomed the release today of the National Biosecurity Strategy, describing it as a critical step in safeguarding Australia’s farm sector. NFF President Fiona Simson said the immense pressure on Australia’s biosecurity system warranted a clear strategy for the future. “The NFF called for the development of this strategy in […]


7 days ago

Statement on new Biosecurity Taskforce

Quotes attributable to NFF President Fiona Simson Bringing together agriculture officials and other emergency management and response agencies is the right idea. Industry has been planning for a Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) incursion for decades. We have a world class biosecurity system, and we have detailed and effective plans in place to manage an […]


2 weeks ago

Hard truths from WESA should prompt rethink on 450GL

Australia’s peak farm body says the release of the Second Water for the Environment Special Account (WESA) Report should prompt a major rethink of the Australian Government’s policy of recovering an additional 450GL under the Murray Darling Basin Plan. National Farmers’ Federation President Fiona Simson said the findings provide Water Minister Tanya Plibersek the opportunity […]


2 weeks ago

Statement on food price inflation

Statement by Fiona Simson, President, National Farmers’ FederationToday’s inflation numbers reveal the significant pinch consumers are feeling at the supermarket checkout.   Food and beverages are the 4th highest inflation category over the past 12 months at 5.9%. When we look specifically at fruit and vegetables, these have seen a whopping 5.8% spike in the last […]


3 weeks ago

NFF welcomes stronger biosecurity powers

The National Farmers’ Federation welcomes todays decision by Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Andrew Metcalfe AO, in his capacity as The Director of Biosecurity to establish Biosecurity Response Zones at international airports. Enacted under section 365 of the Biosecurity Act 2015, these zones will improve the powers of biosecurity officers to […]

4 weeks ago

FMD fragments detected shows system working, but highlights need to continue to strengthen system

STATEMENT BY FIONA SIMSON, NATIONAL FARMERS’ FEDERATION PRESIDENT Today’s statement regarding the interception of items containing fragments of Foot and Mouth Disease brings home the urgent need to ramp up the resourcing of Australia’s biosecurity systems and implement 100% screening of passengers returning from high-risk areas. The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries today advised […]

4 weeks ago

Key Resources for Foot & Mouth Disease

Foot & Mouth Disease (FMD) is a highly contagious animal viral disease that affects cloven-hoofed animals such as cattle, sheep, goats and pigs. It has significant animal health and welfare implications and much of Australia’s market access relies on maintaining our FMD-free status. Please see the latest FMD Industry Brief here. See a list of […]


4 weeks ago

Farmers part of the solution to reverse biodiversity decline

The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) is calling for investment and collaboration to reverse declining biodiversity following the State of the Environment Report released today showing Australian biodiversity is suffering significant decline and remains under threat. NFF President Fiona Simson said farmers sought discussion and detail from the Federal Government on “locking up” Australian landscape, which […]

4 weeks ago

NFF welcomes FMD support for Indonesian farmers

The National Farmers’ Federation has welcomed Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Murray Watt’s announcement today Australia will bolster Indonesia’s ammunition in its war against Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD). President Fiona Simson is in Jakarta for a three-day delegation with Minister Watt and Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Mark Schipp where the Minister announced Australia […]

1 month ago

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