IN THIS SECTION:
Blueprint for Australian Agriculture
The launch of the Blueprint for
Australian Agriculture initiative
at Parliament House, Canberra,
The Blueprint for Australian Agriculture has brought together all with an interest in, or involvement with, agriculture to help shape its future direction. Now finalised, the Blueprint maps out where we as an industry want to go and how we are going to get there.
Almost 4,000 farmers, transporters, retailers, consultants, rural businesses, agribusinesses, educators, governments, rural communities, community groups and consumers have taken part in the development of the Blueprint. After all, as the saying goes: if you eat, you're a partner in farming.
The Blueprint has given you the opportunity to have your say on the issues and challenges facing the agricultural sector and its supply chain now and in the future, and your thoughts on the opportunities and solutions to achieving a strong and sustainable future. But the work does not end there. Following the Blueprint's launch, in February 2013, it is now up to the agricultural sector and its supply chain to work together to ensure the Blueprint's goals and strategies are enacted. As of 2013, we have now entered the Blueprint 'legacy phase' - turning the Blueprint findings into tangible actions.
The Blueprint is an initiative of the NFF, and the legacy phase is delivered with support from Westpac, Woolworths, Bayer and Syngenta.
Have a question or want to know more about the Blueprint? Contact Ruth Redfern at the NFF by phoning 02 6269 5666.
Thanks for your input.
From February to mid-July 2012, the NFF travelled across the country talking to farmers, the wider industry, government and community groups to seek input into the Blueprint.
During this time, the NFF conducted eight Blueprint regional forums right across the country; ran Blueprint sessions at a host of other meetings, events and conferences; staged forums for current and future industry-leaders; hosted a Blueprint forum at Parliament House for MPs and advisors; ran a Blueprint forum via the online agricultural twitter community #agchatoz; organised two Blueprint webinars; and hosted a meeting of the Blueprint advisory group.
As of July 2012, more than 3,700 people completed the online or telephone Blueprint surveys or took part in the forums and sessions across the country. The NFF, and major Blueprint partners Westpac, Woolworths and the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, thank all of those who have contributed to the Blueprint for their time and input.
Putting it all together.
Following the information gathering phase of Blueprint, work continued on the development of the final Blueprint report.
From July to September 2012, the NFF and its Blueprint partners analysed all the feedback gained and developed a Blueprint: Initial Findings report. This report was presented at the NFF National Congress in Canberra on Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 October and is available for you to download here. This report outlines the issues, challenges, opportunities and solutions that the Blueprint participants identified during the information gathering phase.
From 23 October to 20 November 2012, we sought your comments on the Blueprint initial findings. We thank all who chose to contribute to this Blueprint phase. And from 20 November 2012 to February 2013, we moved into the final phase of the Blueprint document development - the writing of the final document ahead of its public launch in February 2013.
On Thursday 14 February the NFF launched the Blueprint. The Blueprint is available in two parts, the executive summary, and the full Blueprint report:
What happens next?
The launch of the final Blueprint report is not the end of the road for the Blueprint. The Blueprint document provides a starting point for the discussion of the key issues and for collaborative action on those issues that are shared across the sector.
The NFF is working with key stakeholders across the Australian agriculture sector and government to host a series of forums scheduled for 2013 onwards, designed to drive the Blueprint forward. These forums will develop specific strategies, assign responsibilities, provide resources and set timelines for the current stage of the Blueprint - the legacy phase. The first forum took place in Canberra on Friday 24 May. For more, read on below.
The NFF is pleased to note that Blueprint major partners Westpac and Woolworths will continue their support of the Blueprint during this phase, along with new major partners Bayer CropScience and Syngenta Australia.
The first legacy phase forum: Canberra, May 2013
On Friday 24 May 2013, some 100 key industry leaders and decision makers gathered in Canberra for the first in a series of Blueprint legacy phase forums. The forum was designed to bring the agricultural sector and its supply chain together, to identify the key collective priorities for the industry out of the Blueprint, and to commit to working together to turn these priority goals into actions. Below is an extract of the Blueprint communiqué from this forum.
Of the Blueprint priorities, industry leaders selected four key goals that they wish to see action on today, to ensure the success of the Australian agricultural sector tomorrow:
In order to achieve these four Blueprint goals, participants committed to thefollowing actions:
The industry leaders acknowledged that the Blueprint is an ambitious plan with many goals for agriculture and the wider sector. They agreed thatimplementing the Blueprint is a long-term process, and will require theinvolvement of all within agriculture sector and its supply chain.
Importantly, the four goals and actions identified as key prioritiesfrom this forum are not the only goals that will be addresses as the Blueprintactions progress: they are simply the starting point for action.
Othergoals, including the need to support the development of the National WorkforceDevelopment Plan, boost agricultural education and track emerging issues foragriculture, all ranked as high priorities for the industry leaders, and are onthe agenda for discussion at the next Blueprint forum, which will be held inCanberra in October/November 2013.
More information on the October/November 2013 forum will be posted on this site once the details become available.
Supporters of the Blueprint
Our thanks go to major partners, Westpac, Woolworths and the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, for their help in delivering the Blueprint for Australian Agriculture during 2011-12.
We also wish to thank those organisations that have assisted in the development of the Blueprint: the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences, the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, Sefton & Associates, Emergent Futures, Kaliber, the Australian Farm Institute, Fairfax Agricultural Media and the 26 NFF member organisations.
From 2013 onwards, Westpac and Woolworths will be continuing their partnership with the NFF for the legacy phase of the Blueprint, along with new major partners Bayer CropScience and Syngenta Australia.
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