Fighting for our farmers' future

Tuesday 10 January, 2012

Welcome to Year of the Farmer

2012 is the Australian Year of the Farmer - a great opportunity for farmers across Australia to help tell the story of agriculture.

“We have thousands of positive stories to tell –from the world-leading food and fibre we produce, to the work we do for the environment and the support we give our local communities, to the enormous contribution we make to the economy. This Year is all about celebrating those," says NFF President, Jock Laurie.

“We all know that farmers aren’t always the best at patting ourselves on the back. Most of us are too busy just getting on with the business of farming to take the time to reflect upon the great job we do in producing the goods that feed and clothe the nation, and the world.

“But now is the time to stand up and show that we’re proud to be Aussie farmers."

Pictured below is Jock with his Australian Year of the Farmer farmgate sign. For more information on how you can get involved in the year long celebrations, visit the Australian Year of the Farmer website.

Blueprint for Australian Ag

2012 also marks the year in which the Blueprint for Australian Agriculture will be developed. The Blueprint aims to bring together all within the agricultural supply chain to set out a 'road map' to achieve a strong and sustainable future.

This year, you will have the opportunity to take part in the Blueprint by attending a Blueprint forum in your State/Territory, completing the online Blueprint survey or participating in a Blueprint session hosted by one of the 24 NFF member organisations.

The NFF will begin collecting your views on the key challenges and opportunities for agriculture from February 2012, so stay tuned for more information.

In the meantime, for further details including the dates of the seven Blueprint forums across the country, visit the Blueprint website.

NFF policy priorities for 2012

This year, the NFF will continue to lobby on behalf of farmers on the major issues affecting agriculture: striving for balance in the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, seeking opportunities for farmers in the Carbon Farming Initiative and ensuring a fair review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, to name but a few.

Providing the united voice for farmers and fighting for our farmers' future is what the NFF does best, and our focus this year will be on ensuring positive outcomes for farmers around drought reform, biosecurity, mining, coal seam gas and land use change, trade, natural resource management, telecommunications, infrastructure, research and development, the National Food Plan, carbon, the environment, and education, training and labour.

Have your say via our survey

Early this year, both the Modern Award and the Fair Work Act will be reviewed. These reviews will provide farmers with the first opportunity to have their say on the Award and the Act since they came into effect.

The NFF will be making submissions to both the Award and the Act reviews, but to do so, we need your input! Tell us what you think of the Award and the Act and what they mean for your farm business by filling in our quick surveys here.

Coming up at NFF

> NFF Congress: 2012
Save the date: the NFF Congress for 2012 will be held in Canberra on Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 October 2012. Details to come!

The NFF AGvocate
Issue 7.

In this issue

Welcome to Year of the Farmer

Blueprint for Australian Ag

NFF policy priorities for 2012

Have your say via our survey

Coming up at NFF

NFF Congress: 2012

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