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Tuesday 10 July, 2012

NFF Congress 2012: The food and fibre boom

The NFF National Congress 2012 will be held in Canberra on Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 October, bringing together Australian agriculture: farmers, industry and government from grassroots to global.

The NFF Congress will look at the major issues affecting the Australian agricultural sector on both a policy-development level and a practical on-farm level.

The Congress will focus on the need to ensure future food and fibre availability and the opportunities for Australian agriculture in feeding and clothing the world. While the mining boom is currently high on the national agenda, it will be the Australia food and fibre boom that helps us meet the needs of the growing world population; helps secure Australia's position in the Asian century; and helps Australia grow its exports - both produce and knowledge.

The Congress is open to all within agriculture, and farmers are strongly encouraged to attend. Full Congress registration will open on 1 August 2012: to register your interest, or for further information, visit the Congress website today.

Blueprint: Your last chance to contribute

This week marks the final week to have your say on the future of Australia's farming sector via the Blueprint for Australian Agriculture.

Input into the Blueprint closes this Friday 13 July. If you're interested in, or involved with, Australia's agricultural sector - from farm gate to consumer - and you are yet to have your say on the issues, challenges and opportunities facing the sector, then do so today! To contribute to the Blueprint, visit the Blueprint webpage.

Or, if you're in Tasmania, head along to the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association (TFGA) conference this Thursday to take part in the Blueprint session. To sign up for the free Blueprint session, click here, or to register to attend the full TFGA conference, click here.

The Blueprint for Australian Agriculture is an initiative of the NFF with support from Westpac, Woolworths, the Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and the 25 NFF member organisations.

Farmers, and now Ministers, call for Basin Plan balance

In good news overnight for farmers in the Murray-Darling Basin, the State and Federal Water Ministers have called on the Murray-Darling Basin Authority to do more to achieve balance in the proposed Basin Plan before it is tabled in Parliament.

The Murray-Darling Basin Ministerial Council, comprised of the Federal, QLD, NSW, SA, ACT and VIC Water Ministers, told the Authority last night that more needs to be done to balance the needs of food producers and the communities that rely on them in the Plan.

This is very welcome news for the farming sector and communities across the Basin, plus the NFF and our members, given our repeated calls for greater balance.

We're also pleased to note that the Ministers directed the Authority to pay more attention to ways to maximise the river system's efficiency through environmental works and measures and river operations. For more, read our release.

New Biosecurity Legislation out for consultation

Last week, the Federal Government released the new draft biosecurity legislation - designed to replace the Quarantine Act of 1908 and fulfill many of the reforms recommended through the Beale Review - for public consultation.

Biosecurity remains a major priority area for the NFF, and while we certainly welcome the opportunity to comment on the draft legislation, we are also concerned that the window of opportunity to do so is very small, with public consultation closing in one month's time: Friday 10 August.

The NFF will be actively contributing during this phase, as it is very important that the Government gets this legislation right. For more information, or to participate in the consultation, visit the biosecurity website.

World Sustainable Agriculture Congress, Singapore

NFF CEO Matt Linnegar is speaking at the World Sustainable Agriculture Congress in Singapore this week. The Congress is an international event that brings together businesses from across the agricultural value chain to explore ideas, strategies, partnerships and socially responsible initiatives to ensure food security, business sustainability and long term profitability in agriculture.

Mr Linnegar will be taking part in a discussion about farmers, food manufacturers, produce price and market access. For more information, visit the Congress website.

The NFF AGvocate
Issue 20.

In this issue

NFF Congress 2012: The food and fibre boom

Blueprint: Your last chance to contribute

Farmers, and now Ministers, call for Basin Plan balance

New Biosecurity Legislation out for consultation

World Sustainable Agriculture Congress, Singapore

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