Farmers manage 51% of Australia’s landscape, giving them a critical role in caring for our natural environment.
During 2016–17 Australian farmers invested $334 million in research and development through Australia’s enviable government-farmer research and development partnership system.
This public-private model continues to provide farmers access to cutting-edge, world-class science and resulting productivity and efficiency gains. The NFF advocates strongly for the maintenance and enhancement of rural research and development corporations. The Australian Farm Institute estimates the adoption of digital technologies could add up to $20.3 billion to agriculture’s bottom line.
The NFF’s priority is to see rural and remote Australians have access to the connectivity and telecommunications options, needed to capture this opportunity. Our goal is for Australia to become a top 20 nation for innovation and efficiency 2030.