Fighting for our farmers' future

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.

The Congress is taking place at the AIS Arena in Canberra on Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 October and will be headlined by Australia's Prime Minister, the Hon. Julia Gillard, and Opposition Leader, the Hon. Tony Abbott.

Places are filling fast - if you are yet to do so, reserve your seat at the Congress table today. For more information or to register, visit the Congress website.

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.

We also congratulate the other finalists: NSW lawyer, founder of #agchatoz and NSW Farmers' industrial relations advisor, Danica Leys; VIC citrus and wine grape grower, Tania Chapman; TAS salmon industry community engagement officer, Fiona Ewing; NT aquaculture industry pioneer and clam grower, Barbara Koennecke; and QLD natural resource manager and property valuer, Annette Smith.

Applications for the 2013 RIRDC Rural Women's Award close on World Rural Women's Day, 15 October 2012. For more information, or to apply, visit the RIRDC website.

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.

Blueprint will also be on the agenda at the NFF's 2012 National Congress in Canberra this month, before being opened up to you - and all Blueprint participants - for feedback and further input via the Blueprint webpage. The final report will then be drafted in preparation for the Blueprint's launch in Canberra in February 2013.

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.

The NFF is calling on the banks to pass the rate cut on to agribusiness loan customers, and will be monitoring the bank's movements in response to the interest rate announcement in next week's Agribusiness Loan Monitor. More details to come in next fortnight's NFF AGvocate - or, to view previous Loan Monitors, click here.

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.

The NFF AGvocate
Issue 26

In this issue

NFF Congress: 2 week countdown

Rural Women's Award winners

Blueprint: key issues on agenda

RBA cuts rates: will banks follow?

Basin Plan: debate heats up

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