Tuesday 3 April, 2012
Blueprint rolls out across Aust.
Tomorrow, the NFF's Blueprint for Australian Agriculture roadshow will roll into Wagga in NSW, giving those in the Riverina region the chance to have their say on the issues, challenges and opportunities facing the agricultural sector. The Wagga forum will take place from 1pm to 5pm at the Country Comfort Hotel, and all with an interest in, or involvement with, farming and the agricultural supply chain are invited to attend.
The NSW Blueprint forum follows the Darwin forum held last week (in conjunction with the NT Cattlemen's Association's northern beef forum), and the Perth forum the week prior (in conjunction with the WAFarmers' centenary conference), with pastoralists, graziers and cattlemen coming together to debate the key issues. Key trends emerging across the country as part of the Blueprint process include the profitability of our family farms and supply chain, the perception of agriculture among the wider community and the challenge of encouraging the next generation of farmers.
These issues are the same for many farmers across the country, while in some states and territories, more specific concerns also exist - like land use change in QLD with the mining and CSG boom, and market access in the NT, given the challenges of the livestock export industry. And now it's Wagga's turn to help the NFF map out where we, as an industry, want to go and how we're going to get there. For more on the Wagga Blueprint (plus the upcoming forums in VIC, SA and TAS), visit the Blueprint webpage.
President in Indonesia and NT.
A week after returning from Indonesia as part of the trade delegation with Minister for Trade and Competitiveness, Craig Emerson, and Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Joe Ludwig, NFF President Jock Laurie took part in a panel session at the NT Cattlemen's Association northern beef forum in Darwin last week. Market access into Indonesia and the future of Australia's livestock export industry were among the issues raised by the 400 top end cattlemen in attendance, along with industry representation and the perception and understanding of agricultural production.
As part of his trip, Jock visited a number of top end stations, including Bonalbo and Tipperary - the very station where former NFF President David Crombie, and recipient of an honourary NTCA life membership at the forum dinner, started his career in agriculture.
Asian Century White paper.
The NFF has made a submission to the 'Australia in the Asian Century' white paper, calling on the Government to recognise the positive opportunities for Australian agriculture given the rise of Asia, and to assist this via policies that support a strengthened relationship between the two regions.
In just eight years time, it is predicted that half of the world's population will live on Australia's northern doorstep. Four billion people across Asia, enjoying economic growth of around 10 percent per year, represent unparalleled opportunities for Australia's economy, and particularly our dynamic farm sector. And, by 2050, 5 billion people will live in Asia, which means more mouths to feed and more people to clothe.
Expanding Asian societies need food and fibre like never before and, due to their growing affluence, are demanding produce of the highest quality: a domain where Australian farmers, due to our clean and natural production systems, have a clear competitive advantage. Population growth, improved incomes and increasing urbanisation are all driving the rise of the Asian century - and creating opportunities for Australian farmers.
For more, read our submission to the White Paper.
Coming up at NFF.
> Sustainable Food Summit
> Natural Resource Management Knowledge Conference
> Victorian Farmers Federation Conference
> New Rural Industries Australia Conference
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