Tuesday 18 September, 2012
Prime Minister & Opposition Leader headline NFF Congress
Australia's Prime Minister, the Hon. Julia Gillard, and Opposition Leader, the Hon. Tony Abbott, will address the NFF's 2012 National Congress in Canberra next month on the state of Australian agriculture.
The focus of the Congress is the food and fibre boom and the opportunities ahead for Australia. The Prime Minister has herself said that there is the potential for a new golden era of Australian agriculture, given the rise of Asia. But the NFF believes that in order to make this a reality, we need to see Government policy that enables agriculture to build and secure its position.
At Congress, the Prime Minister and Mr Abbott will speak about the role ahead for agriculture and the policies needed to ensure a strong future: and attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of them both.
The Congress is taking place at the AIS Arena in Canberra on Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 October. A special discounted rate is available for farmers who are members of NFF members. For more information, read our release and to register, visit the Congress website.
Pork joins the nFF Family
The NFF has welcomed Australian Pork Limited (APL) to the national decision-making table this fortnight, announcing that APL has joined the national peak farm lobby as a commodity council member.
APL is the peak representative body for Australian pork producers: a producer-owned organisation that supports and promotes the Australian pork industry, delivers services to pork producers, grows opportunities for the pork industry through marketing, innovation and policy development, and represents the industry on both the domestic and international fronts.
The Australian pork industry is a vitally important agricultural industry, employing more than 20,000 people in Australia and contributing $2.8 billion in gross domestic product to the economy. For more, read our release or visit the APL website.
Spring is here: so too, the Sept Agri-Loan Monitor
The September Agribusiness Loan Monitor has been released by the NFF this week, showing that agricultural interest rates have again held firm, in line with the RBA's decision to hold rates at 3.5 percent for the third consecutive month.
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