Thursday 7 February 2013
Agriculture: The No. 1 priority
Ensuring Australian agriculture is considered a key national priority is the focus for the NFF in the lead up to this year’s Federal Budget and Federal Election.
On the day we lodged our submission to the 2013-14 Federal Budget, the Prime Minister announced that the election will take place on Saturday 14 September.
In preparing for both the budget and the election, the NFF is calling on the Government to secure the future sustainability of the ag sector by considering – and funding – sensible long-term policies.
Our 2013-14 Federal Budget submission outlines the critical areas for funding in the short-term, while the launch of the NFF-led, industry-developed Blueprint for Australian Agriculture will set the tone for what is required from our politicians in the 2013 Federal Election and beyond. Read our Federal Budget submission, our media release - or, for more information on the Blueprint, read on!
Blueprint launch: We love Ag!
Only one week remains until the launch of the much anticipated NFF-led, industry-developed Blueprint for Australian Agriculture - and on Valentine's Day no less!
And what says 'we love ag' more than launching a vision for the future of the agricultural sector, developed by the agricultural sector?
The Blueprint, which will be available from the Blueprint webpage from Thursday 14 February, brings together the key thoughts and ideas of almost 4,000 people from across agriculture and the supply chain. The Blueprint is a road map for the future direction of the sector - so from next week, it'll be on your mark, get set, go!
Bush beats city on internet speed
The Federal Government has this week announced that internet speeds for fixed line and satellite services will double - giving farmers, rural business and country communities speeds as good as or faster than ADSL2+ services currently available in the cities - and at the same wholesale price.
which bank for interest rates?
In their first meeting for 2013, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) this week decided to leave interest rates on hold at 3 percent. But did you know that the RBA has cut rates six times, by a total of 1.5 percent, since November 2011?
NFF CEO swaps suit for spatula
NFF CEO Matt Linnegar will be swapping the farm for the flan pan next week when he takes on the ultimate food challenge - the Qantas and OzHarvest CEO Cookoff.
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