Wednesday 10 October, 2012
NFF Congress: 2 week countdown
In just two weeks time, farmers, the wider agricultural sector, policy makers, corporates and government will come together in Canberra for the NFF's National 2012 National Congress.
Rural Women's Award winners
The NFF extends its congratulations to SA viticulturist Mary Retallick, the recipient of the 2012 National RIRDC Rural Women's Award, and Award runner up, WA northern beef industry consultant Catherine Marriott. Mary and Catherine were chosen from a field of seven outstanding agricultural AGvocates and inspiring rural women from across Australia, and announced during a celebratory dinner at Parliament House last night.
Blueprint: key issues on agenda
The second meeting of the Blueprint for Australian Agriculture advisory group is taking place in Canberra today, bringing together key leaders and strategic thinkers from across the agricultural sector and the supply chain to provide input into the Blueprint.
RBA cuts rates: will banks follow?
The Reserve Bank of Australia last week cut interest rates by 0.25 percent, bringing the official cash rate to 3.25 percent for the first time since October 2009.
Basin Plan: debate heats up
The NFF has this week reiterated calls for a balanced Basin Plan - one that seeks to return water to the environment without putting jobs and family farms at risk.
The Murray-Darling Basin Authority has this week released modelling that focuses on the likely outcomes should 2,800GL and 3,200GL be returned to the river system, after key constraints in the system – namely limitations on the amount of water that can be released from various water sources, including river channels – have been relaxed.
The NFF believes that at a time when critical decisions are about to be made about the future of the Murray-Darling Basin and its communities, the focus should not be about how much more water can be tipped into the system, but how improved environmental outcomes can be delivered without hurting communities. For more, read our media release.
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