Thursday 11 July 2013
New Minister drives Farm Finance forward
Australia's new Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, the Hon. Joel Fitzgibbon MP, has today announced that Queensland has signed up to the Federal Government's Farm Finance package.
The Minister, who is today in his 11th day on the job, has pushed forward the package, which was announced 11 weeks ago by his predecessor, Senator Ludwig.
NFF Vice President Brent Finlay was with Minister Fitzgibbon, his QLD counterpart, Minister McVeigh, and AgForce President Ian Burnett in Emerald today, where the announcement was made. The NFF has welcomed the news, but urged the governments to quickly finalise the administrative arrangements that will allow farmers to access concessional loans of up to $650,000 to help manage their debt.
The NFF has also urged the other State and Territory Governments to sign up to the Farm Finance package, with dry conditions and debt levels impacting on farmers right across the country. For more, read our media release.
A week: A long time in politics!
Last week, the new Federal Ministry was sworn in, following the change in the Labor leadership that saw the Hon. Kevin Rudd MP restored as Australia's Prime Minister.
The NFF has welcomed the new Ministers to their portfolios, including:
For more, read our media release.
Hampers deliver Election message
In the final sitting week of the Federal Parliament, the NFF delivered an important message to Federal MPs and Senators in the form of Aussie produce hampers.
With the Federal Election looming, the hampers, full of Australian made and grown food and fibre, were delivered to Parliament along with a message about the importance of Australian agriculture to our society, economy and environment and the need to 'Vote 1: Agriculture' in the pending Federal Election.
The hampers included cotton towels, sugar and golden syrup, olive oil, tinned peaches, honey, rice, sultanas, flavoured milks, jam, apples, wool key rings, beef jerky, and other items such as lamb recipes - all kindly donated or supplied by our members and key Australian produce suppliers - and were very well received by MPs and Senators.
Farmers reveg 70 million hectares
A new report released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics has found that Australian farmers revegetated almost 70 million hectares of agricultural land in 2011-12.
A second report, also by the ABS, has found that almost one third of Australian agricultural businesses set aside 8.4 million
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