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December 2012

Farmers' boss appointed to bridge the gap over mining - smh.com.au

THE president of the National Farmers' Federation, Jock Laurie, has been appointed the state's first Land and Water Commissioner to oversee the contentious...

'Farmers' friend' to guide NSW on CSG - news.com.au

A "FRIEND of the farmer" has been named the first land and water commissioner for NSW. National Farmers' Federation president Jock Laurie has been appointed...

'Farmers' friend' to guide NSW on CSG - skynews.com.au

A 'friend of the farmer' has been named the first land and water commissioner for NSW. National Farmers' Federation president Jock Laurie has been appointed...

November 2012

Farmers say cuts to Native Title aid are a false economy - abc.net.au

From January, the Federal Government will no longer provide financial and legal assistance to landholders responding to Native Title claims. However, the...

Farmers' native title funds fury - theaustralian.com.au

NATIVE title claims across the country will be thrown into "legal chaos" next year after Attorney-General Nicola Roxon axed funding for a 16-year-old scheme...

Survey finds majority of Australians support live trade - abc.net.au

The National Farmers Federation claims the majority of Australians support the continuation of live animal exports.

NFF chief takes ag into the classroom - beefcentral.com

National Farmers Federation president Jock Laurie will step into the classroom today to talk to Melbourne school students about agriculture.

Murray-Darling plan unnacceptable to NSW government, unpopular with farmers - theaustralian.com.au

SOUTH Australian Premier Jay Weatherill has called Labor's basin plan a "victory" for the Murray-Darling, but the final blueprint to save the river system...

Burke signs off on $11bn water plan - afr.com

The biggest overhaul of water use in the Murray-Darling Basin in more than a century is now law but the government’s $12 billion plan has failed to satisfy...

Historic Murray water reform handed down - au.news.yahoo.com

After more than a century of bitter disagreement between the states, Australia has its first national plan for restoring the Murray-Darling Basin river...

Murray Darling Basin plan signed into law - abc.net.au

MARK COLVIN: "It's a century too late, but better late than never" - the words of the Federal Water Minister Tony Burke after he finally signed off on...

Murray-Darling plan is now law - govt - skynews.com.au

Environment Minister Tony Burke has signed a final plan for the Murray-Darling Basin into law, but whether it ends years of fighting is not yet clear.

NFF welcomes ASEAN trade push, opposition slams Korean FTA delays - beefcentral.com

Australia’s peak farming body says a new Asian region trade agreement announced this week will position Australian agriculture well to capitalise on...

Farm smarter for the future - theland.farmonline.com.au

AUSTRALIAN agriculture's competitive advantage in "the Asian century" may lie in how well farming works with the environment, according to the Centre for...

A day in the life of a lettuce farmer - abc.net.au

As a third generation vegetable farmer, Damien Rigali knows the ups and downs of the horticulture industry.

Farmers, business get behind Boswell on RET - theaustralian.com.au

BUSINESS groups and farmers have backed Nationals senator Ron Boswell's call to axe the 20 per cent renewable energy target, which he says is driving up...

NFF backs calls to remove renewable energy targets - theland.farmonline.com.au

THE National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) has backed calls to remove renewable energy targets due to the increased pressure on Australian farms from rising...

Farmers bid to keep pick of foreign crop - theaustralian.com.au

RURAL leaders have appealed to the federal government for a special long-stay visa for foreign farm workers to ease the critical shortage of farm labour....

Farmers lobby for greater access to foreign labour - businessspectator.com.au

To address a critical shortage of farm labour, rural leaders have made an appeal to the federal government to introduce a social long-stay visa for foreign...

Farm lobby pushes for 457 visa access - abc.net.au

The National Farmers Federation says changes to the 457 visa would help solve the farm labour shortage.

Live-export commentary 'ignores basic facts' - theaustralian.com.au

THE live export industry has hit back at suggestions the trade can be replaced by domestic meat processing, saying 91 per cent of cattle and sheep are...

Back attacks live ex 'double standards' - theland.farmonline.com.au

ANIMALS Australia and the RSPCA have been accused of double standards for organising rallies calling for an end to live export during the Pakistan sheep...

Labor MPs pushing to ban live exports - news.com.au

THE federal government is under mounting pressure from within the Labor caucus to phase-out the live animal export trade, after 21,000 Australian sheep...

Live export system not to blame for cull - skynews.com.au

The National Farmers Federation says the system in place to ensure animal welfare standards in live export isn't to blame for a massive sheep cull in Pakistan.

Australia demands Pakistan probe sheep slaughter - radioaustralia.net.au

Australia's prime minister has demanded that Pakistan investigate and explain the cruel slaughter of 21,000 Australian sheep.

Australian Sheep Exports to Pakistan & Bahrain Suspended - businessreviewaustralia.com

"If Australia was to stop exporting livestock, global animal welfare standards would unquestionably decline." - statement by the National Farmers Federation

Australia PM demands Pakistan probe sheep slaughter - au.news.yahoo.com

SYDNEY (AFP) - Prime Minister Julia Gillard demanded on Tuesday that Pakistan investigate and explain the brutal killing of 21,000 Australian sheep in...

Exporters assure MPs on animal welfare - smh.com.au

LIVE animal exporters have written to all federal MPs to reassure them the live exports trade is ethical and economically important, just hours before...

Farmers hope for quick end to sheep cull probe - theaustralian.com.au

FARMERS say they expect an investigation into the culling of tens of thousands of Australian sheep in Pakistan to be completed "quite quickly" and a voluntary...

Industry bid to skirt row on sheep cull - theaustralian.com.au

THE live export industry yesterday launched a pre-emptive strike to counteract any public outrage and pressure to close the trade in the wake of last night's...

Livestock industry defends live export trade - abc.net.au

MARK COLVIN: The livestock industry has gone on the front foot to defend the live export trade.

Pakistani sheep cull ‘extremely distressing', says National Farmers Federation - heraldsun.com.au

FARMERS have branded a mass cull of sheep of 21,000 Australian sheep by Pakistani authorities "extremely distressing", but say banning the live export...

October 2012

Bringing ag into the Asian Century: NFF - theland.farmonline.com.au

NATIONAL Farmers’ Federation (NFF) president Jock Laurie has welcomed the release of the federal government’s Asian Century White Paper as a "marked...

Australia ideally placed to feed the region, says white paper - theaustralian.com.au

A KEY part of Australia's future engagement with Asia will be driven by the coming boom in demand for Australian food by an exploding middle-class in China,...

Competitive economy key to white paper goals - radioaustralia.net.au

The Government is warned it needs to do more for Australia's competitiveness if the economy is to enter the world's top 10 by 2025.

Foreign buyers at Australia's farm gate - tvnz.co.nz

Australia risks losing an opportunity to become a farmyard for Asia, as growing unease over foreigners buying rural land threatens to provoke protectionist...

PM wants Aust to be a 'winner' in Asia - news.com.au

PRIME Minister Julia Gillard is calling on all Australians to do what they can to ensure the nation is an economic and employment "winner" in the Asian...

Asia strategy needs joint effort: business - news.ninemsn.com.au

Business is calling for bipartisanship over the broad direction of the federal government's Asian century white paper, as Australia sets course to ramp...

Land register gives facts on foreign ownership - theaustralian.com.au

FARMER representatives continue to debate the best approach to foreign investment in agriculture, meeting this week for the biennial congress of the National...

Soils for a better life for world - theaustralian.com.au

IF he hadn't gone into the army after leaving school at 16, former governor-general Michael Jeffery says he probably would have become a farmer.

Drought reform positive - weeklytimesnow.com.au

DROUGHT policy reform has heading in the right direction but more action is needed, according to the National Farmers Federation.

Gillard looks beyond the mire to Asia - news.com.au

IF there's one thing Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott agree on it's that Australia's future - and that of its rural sector - lies in Asia. Based on speeches...

Foreign ownership register to rule farms, Julia Gillard announces - theaustralian.com.au

ALL foreign ownership of Australian farms will be tracked by a national register to give a full picture of where and what foreign companies are buying...

Move to record foreign-owned farms - smh.com.au

A REGISTER of foreign-owned farms in Australia will be established, with Prime Minister Julia Gillard telling farmers it would provide ''a more comprehensive...

Register to cool land-buy debate - theaustralian.com.au

THE federal government will establish a national farm foreign ownership register in a bid to defuse the furore over the sale of prime Australian land to...

Seed sown for farmers' sexy image - smh.com.au

FARMERS say there is a need to ''sex up'' the image of Australian agriculture. The call for an image makeover has come from farmers who have in recent...

Two new faces on NFF board - weeklytimesnow.com.au

WALCHA farmer Jock Laurie will serve another term as the National Farmers' Federation president

Green light for foreign-owned farm register - abc.net.au

The nation's farmers have welcomed a Federal Government pledge to register foreign owned farmland.

Push for foreign limits at your peril, farmers warned - theaustralian.com.au

FEDERAL Trade Minister Craig Emerson has warned Australian farmers that their push for tougher restrictions on foreign investment in agriculture will be...

Call to relieve farming sector stress - theaustralian.com.au

AUSTRALIA'S farming sector is in a period of flux and more needs to be done to harness the opportunities of the Asian Century and the soaring global demand...

Growing young farmers - abc.net.au

Attracting young people to the rural sector is a major problem. The National Farmers Federation says there are around 135,000 farms in Australia run by...

Research funding needed to feed world - weeklytimesnow.com.au

AUSTRALIA'S experiences growing food in tough environments put us in a strong position to lead others on food security.

ACA still pushing to be peak ag body - theland.farmonline.com.au

FAR from the vitriolic theatre of question time, in a small committee room in the back stalls of Parliament House, a new initiative was launched which...

Farmers 'don't deserve compo' - theaustralian.com.au

FARMERS who suffer stock loss and property damage from flooding because of any extra environmental water in the Murray-Darling Basin do not deserve compensation,...

Aussie farmers lack support - weeklytimesnow.com.au

UPDATE: THE nation's leading farm industries think-tank is warning farmers are unlikely to benefit from US and EU reforms.

Digital Farm TV news: Careers Taskforce - youtube.com

Key players in the Australian agricultural and education sectors have come together to address critical issues around education, training, skills and labour...

September 2012

Positive outcomes for national grains policy - sl.farmonline.com.au

The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) convened the first NFF Grains Policy Council meeting in Sydney on Monday 17 September 2012 with positive discussions...

Focus on farmer health - sl.farmonline.com.au

LEADING international and domestic health professionals have gathered in Hamilton this week for the second conference focusing exclusively on farmer health.

Interest rates remain on hold, as producers look to Spring - beefcentral.com

The September Agribusiness Loan Monitor released by the National Farmers Federation yesterday shows that agricultural interest rates have again held firm,...

NFF part of new group to promote biotechnology in agriculture - abc.net.au

A new organisation advocating for biotechnology in farming says it wants to lead a debate on the merits of geneticially modified food that is based on...

Landcare helps farmers back from the brink - theaustralian.com.au

DOUG Avery had to plumb the depths of human despair to discover the Landcare movement is as much about helping people and rural communities as the environment...

Pork joins NFF - sl.farmonline.com.au

PEAK pork body Australian Pork Limited has today joined the National Farmers' Federation as a Commodity Council member.

NFF welcomes Federal Government focus on freight - abc.net.au

The National Farmers Federation says the Federal Government's plan to tackle freight problems should boost agricultural productivity.

Transport infrastructure solutions finally hit the road - theland.farmonline.com.au

THE National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) has welcomed the release of the Federal Government’s National Land Freight Strategy as a step towards solving...

Family farms becoming a thing of the past - news.com.au

THE days of family-run farms are all but over as farmers grow older and foreign investors buy up Australian land, an expert on Chinese foreign investment...

Australian politicians disagree over to farm sale to Chinese interests - radioaustralia.net.au

The approved sale of the sprawling Australian cotton farm Cubbie Station to Chinese interests has sparked a political row.

Chinese bid for Cubbie sparks political row - abc.net.au

The approved sale of sprawling cotton farm Cubbie Station to Chinese interests has sparked a political row as Nationals Senator Barnaby Joyce insists foreign...

Cubbie concerns show need for register - theland.farmonline.com.au

NATIONAL Farmers Federation President Jock Laurie said the Treasurer’s undertakings in giving approval for the Cubbie Station sale, had tapped into community...

Recognising farmers as environmental stewards - theland.farmonline.com.au

FARMERS are best known for growing crops and raising animals to provide the food and fibre needs for Australian families, but this week, it’s all about...

August 2012

Farmers need better telecom access: NFF - sl.farmonline.com.au

THE National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) has called for greater action on telecommunications following the federal government’s response to the Regional...

Gillard and Abbott headline NFF Congress - theland.farmonline.com.au

PRIME Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott will headline the list of guest speakers at the NFF’s National Congress in Canberra on...

ABC Radio National: Sunday Profile - abc.net.au

Jock Laurie grew up on the land and always knew he wanted to be a farmer. He left school at 16 and went back to work in the industry that was in his blood....

Agri lending rates steady: time to focus on farm finances - beefcentral.com

Agricultural interest rates have held steady this month in line with the Reserve Bank’s decision to hold official cash rates at 3.50 percent, the August...

Drought reform on NFF agenda - qcl.farmonline.com.au

WITH the threat of a return to dry El Niño conditions currently being predicted for the eastern half of Australia, the National Farmers’ Federation...

Farmers anxious for new drought aid policy to be confirmed - abc.net.au

With another El Nino on the horizon, Australia is yet to lock in a new drought assistance policy to replace the controversial Exceptional Circumstances...

Indonesia considering FMD zone system for importing beef - abc.net.au

Reports in Indonesian media suggest the government is considering major changes to its regulations on importing frozen beef and live cattle, because of...

Red tape strangling farmers - weeklytimesnow.com.au

EVERYBODY likes telling farmers what to do. The popular image of the rural property as a place of freedom, where the landowner is master of the domain,...

Farmers shun more investment scrutiny - theage.com.au

THE National Farmers Federation has warmly embraced the Coalition’s proposed register of foreign land ownership but has shown the cold shoulder to a...

Register needed, not FIRB scrutiny: NFF - theland.farmonline.com.au

THE National Farmers Federation (NFF) has warmly embraced the Coalition’s proposed register of foreign land ownership but has shown the cold shoulder...

Meet the Press: Foreign Investment - ten.com.au

The NFF's Jock Laurie joins Meet the Press from Tamworth to discuss the farmers' take on the Coalition's proposals for heightented scrutiny on foreign...

Coalition calls for more scrutiny of foreign investment in farming - abc.net.au

The Federal Coalition has released a discussion paper calling for greater scrutiny of foreign investment in Australian farming and agribusiness.

Miners and farmers unhappy with findings of Fair Work Act review - abc.net.au

A long-anticipated review into the Fair Work Act has been released and the response from the mining and agriculture industries has been one of disappointment.

Farmers optimistic on future - smh.com.au

''THERE has never been a better time to be a farmer.'' This bold assertion came from National Farmers' Federation president Jock Laurie on the first day...

July 2012

Farm interest rates start to fall - abc.net.au

Interest rates on agribusiness loans have fallen across the board in the past month. It's the first drop since since the National Farmers Federation started...

Mining boom versus dining room - smh.com.au

Plans to make Australian farms the food bowl for Asia's burgeoning middle class shine a spotlight on foreign ownership.

Ag banking passes on cuts - theland.farmonline.com.au

FOR the first time since the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) cash rate began dropping last November the Agribusiness Loan Monitor is recording farm sector...

Supermarket giants react to criticisms - abc.net.au

The 'Big Two' in the supermarket world are fighting back against claims their profit margins are sending suppliers to the wall and that Government should...

A ready harvest for Australian growth - businessspectator.com.au

The wonderful conversation after my Darrell Lea commentary caused me to sit back and ask: "Is there any sector that can be a major medium-term driver...

Basin Plan needs balance: NFF - theland.farmonline.com.au

THE NFF has supported the call from the State and federal Water Ministers for the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) to do more to "achieve balance"...

States get final say on grain body - weeklytimesnow.com.au

THE National Farmers' Federation has brokered a deal to resolve the damaging split over the peak grain body.

Bracing for the big dry - theaustralian.com.au

VICTORIAN grain and lamb producer Murray Horne has his fingers crossed that the innocent-sounding "little boy" weather pattern of El Nino isn't about to...

Murray-Darling agreement finds approval - abc.net.au

MARK COLVIN: Irrigators have applauded the latest step towards a final plan for the Murray-Darling Basin. Last night the Federal Government and the states...

Ag breaks bread with mining industry - theland.farmonline.com.au

THE National Farmers Federation has held informal discussions with mining industry representatives about topical issues confronting the two sectors, including...

June 2012

Farmers forced to wear carbon costs - theland.farmonline.com.au

WITH two days remaining until the carbon tax comes into effect, the NFF is continuing its call for the Government to do more to stop the costs of the tax...

Ag has strong future: NFF - theland.farmonline.com.au

NATIONAL Farmers Federation (NFF) president Jock Laurie says Australian agriculture isn’t dying - but he believes some key food production areas like...

Time running out to have your say on Ag Blueprint - theland.farmonline.com.au

Only four weeks remain for all interested in or involved with agriculture to have their say on the future of the sector via the Blueprint for Australian...

NFF says list of welfare concerns shows livestock supply chain is working - abc.net.au

The National Farmers Federation says documents detailing approximately 50 animal welfare issues in the Australian livestock supply chain show the system...

NFF welcomes foreign investment working group - theland.farmonline.com.au

An announcement by the Federal Government that a working group will be established to consult on the development of a foreign ownership register is welcome...

Animal welfare the priority for Australia’s farmers - theland.farmonline.com.au

Animal welfare continues to be a very high priority for the Australian farmers who raise and care for livestock, the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF)...

PM's economic forum skipped ag issues - sl.farmonline.com.au

THE Prime Minister’s Economic Forum held in Brisbane this week has failed to impress the National Farmer’s Federation (NFF) and has overlooked agriculture,...

Working group for foreign land register - news.ninemsn.com.au

The federal government is considering a national register of agricultural land held by foreign investors.

NFF still pressing for foreign ownership register - abc.net.au

The National Farmers Federation has reiterated its call for a national register of foreign purchases of Australian rural land and water.

High-level backing for Chinese investment in the Ord - abc.net.au

The National Farmers Federation and the Federal Government are both hosing down fears about Chinese investment in Australian agriculture.

NFF backs cautious native title reform - news.com.au

THE National Farmers Federation says it's pleased the Federal Government is not moving to reverse the burden of proof in native title claims.

Government to speed up Native Title claims - abc.net.au

The Federal Government has announced an overhaul of Native Title laws, but has stopped short of reversing the onus of proof on traditional owners to demonstrate...

Farmers beg for interest rate relief - abc.net.au

The National Farmers Federation is urging banks to start cutting interest rates in line with the Reserve Bank because primary producers are already struggling...

Farmers demand banks pass on full interest rate cut - abc.net.au

The National Farmers Federation has called on banks to help farmers by passing on the full interest rate cut.

Indigenous groups pan law tinkering - skynews.com.au

Indigenous groups warn many of their elders will die before native title claims are resolved, despite flagged government changes to existing laws.

Indigenous leaders want faster Native Title process - abc.net.au

MATT PEACOCK: Indigenous leaders have expressed frustration over planned changes to the Native Title process announced today by the Federal Government....

Native title laws to be revamped - abc.net.au

The Federal Government is proposing changes that it says will restore the balance in native title law, streamline the claims process, and make agreements...

Native title laws to be revamped - abc.net.au

The Federal Government is proposing changes that it says will restore the balance in native title law, streamline the claims process, and make agreements...

Banks must match RBA's cut - news.ninemsn.com.au

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) drew widespread praise from business and unions for its latest cash rate cut, but they say the move needs to be passed...

Recruitment: FWA's decision this morning on Minimum Wage - beefcentral.com

Fair Work Australia's minimum wage panel will hand down its decision on this year's minimum wage increase at 10am today in Melbourne. The National Farmers...

Regional telecommunications review underlines need for improvement - beefcentral.com

Australia’s peak farm sector lobby group has thrown its support behind recommendations contained in the Regional Telecommunications Review which highlighted...

May 2012

Farms could test for drugs and alcohol - abc.net.au

The farm sector is looking into drug and alcohol testing for workers. Both Australian and New Zealand shearing contractors raised the employment safety...

Revised Murray-Darling plan draws criticism - abc.net.au

National Farmers' Federation CEO Matt Linnegar says the new draft plan for water usage in the Murray-Darling Basin is unbalanced.

50 per cent of farmers losing money - abc.net.au

More than half of Australian farms are running at a loss and many will be taken over by bigger players. John McKillop from the National Farmers Federation...

Anger at revised basin plan - weeklytimesnow.com.au

UPDATE: THE revised Murray Darling Basin Plan will be met with "dismay and anger", the nation's peak farm body says. And the water minister says the plan...

Murray-Darling authority sticks to planned cuts - abc.net.au

EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: The Murray-Darling Basin Authority has released its latest draft plan for the country's most important river system and it's...

Australia, Malaysia Signs Free Trade Agreement - au.ibtimes.com

Effective January 2013, exports of Australian products into Malaysia will get to enjoy 97.6 per cent tariff-free entry and will increase to 99 per cent...

Business, farmers back trade deal with Malaysia - theaustralian.com.au

THE top end of town and farmers yesterday welcomed the signing in Kuala Lumpur of the free-trade agreement between Australia and Malaysia.

Aussie and Kiwi farmers join international lobby group - abc.net.au

The National Farmers Federation and the Federated Farmers of New Zealand will sign up to a new international agricultural advocacy group.

Australian farmers hope economic crisis will lead to subsidy cuts - abc.net.au

The National Farmers Federation is hopeful the global financial crisis will finally force the European Union and the US to reduce their farm subsidies.

Farmers to gas cowboys: lift your game - news.ninemsn.com.au

Some "cowboys" in the coal seam gas industry need to lift their game in dealing with landholders, farmers say.

Agribusiness loans miss out on rate cuts - sl.farmonline.com.au

ONLY one financial institution has made any reduction in interest rates for agribusiness customers in the paast month, says the National Farmers’ Federation...

Dollar's decline a mixed blessing - abc.net.au

The Federal Government and farmers have welcomed the Australian dollar's fall below parity with its US counterpart, but some say it is too soon to tell...

Farmers want understanding of citydwellers - news.ninemsn.com.au

City folk just do not understand farmers - that's the issue that comes to the fore as the National Farmers' Federation (NFF) develops its Blueprint for...

Offset tax acclaimed by relieved farm sector - theaustralian.com.au

FARMERS and agricultural organisations reacted with a mixture of relief and disappointment yesterday to the budget, which left the agricultural sector...

Budget: Agriculture survives but not unscathed - beefcentral.com

The National Farmers Federation says that while agriculture has not emerged unscathed in the tough Federal Budget handed down last night, funding priorities...

Win some, lose some for ag: NFF - fw.farmonline.com.au

THE National Farmers Federation says agriculture largely held its ground but has not emerged unscathed from the Federal Treasurer’s tough budget announcement...

April 2012

Aust to be officially free of drought - canberratimes.com.au

Australia will be officially drought-free for the first time in more than a decade from Monday.

Farmers question drought subsidy cut - news.ninemsn.com.au

A decision to cut subsidies for farmers affected by drought will have no impact on the budget, farmers say.

Interest rate subsidies bite the dust in drought payment overhaul - abc.net.au

The Federal Government says interest rate subsidies will have no role to play in a future drought assistance policy for farmers.

Stoush over policy future as drought ends - abc.net.au

MARK COLVIN: For a decade it drained the spirit and finances of regional Australia but from Monday the drought will be officially over. Today an added...

High dollar cuts farm prices - weeklytimesnow.com.au

Dairy, wool, cattle and lamb markets have all dipped alarmingly in the past week - with some commodities recording their largest falls in years.

Australian farmers calls for register of foreign investment - radioaustralia.net.au

The National Farmers Federation wants a new national register to record all rural land and water assets bought by overseas investors.

NFF calls for register of all farmland and water sales to foreigners - abc.net.au

The National Farmers Federation wants the government to introduce a register of all rural land and water that's sold to foreign investors, regardless of...

NFF seeks greater foreign ownership transparency - beefcentral.com

The National Farmers’ Federation is calling for greater transparency around investments made by foreign interests in Australian agricultural land and...

Farmers combine on foreign land register - theaustralian.com.au

AUSTRALIA'S major farm organisations have joined together to pressure the federal government to tackle growing community concern about foreign ownership...

NFF refines fuel message - sl.farmonline.com.au

THE National Farmers Federation has used its submission to Federal government’s Energy White Paper to sound a further another warning about any thoughts...

Farmers and miners warn against Budget cuts to fuel rebate - abc.net.au

Two key rural industries are worried next month's federal Budget might include cuts to tax rebates for fuel. The head of policy with the National Farmers...

NFF wants Milne to focus more on farming - abc.net.au

National Farmers Federation president Jock Laurie says the new leader of the Greens needs to really start focusing on agriculture and how it's affected...

Don't cut diesel rebate: NFF - theland.farmonline.com.au

THE National Farmers Federation is warning the Federal government against cutting the diesel fuel rebate in its upcoming budget, saying it would prompt...

Tax plans fuel farm fears - abc.net.au

The Pastoralists and Graziers Association (PGA) of Western Australia says the Federal Government's proposed diesel fuel tax will have a big impact on farmers...

New face of Aussie farms is female - news.com.au

FOR years the image of a gnarled farmer in a checked shirt has been synonymous with working the land. Times are changing and there is a new face of farming.

Farmers warn against fuel-tax shift - theaustralian.com.au

FARMERS have warned the federal government against making any changes to fuel-tax arrangements as it looks to return the budget to surplus.

Crombie honoured with life membership of cattle group - abc.net.au

Former president of the National Farmers' Federation David Crombie has been honoured with a life membership of the Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association.

Indonesia doubts Aus wheat quality - theland.farmonline.com.au

INDONESIAN wheat customers have raised concerns about the quality of Australian exports, saying the final delivered product is failing to match the standards...

NT cattle producers muster in Darwin - beefcentral.com

Australian red meat industry structures were again put under the spotlight when hundreds of northern cattle producers gathered in Darwin for the 28th annual...

March 2012

Indonesian demand for beef high - sl.farmonline.com.au

NATIONAL Farmers Federation President Jock Laurie says Indonesia – with its bustling and developing population of 240 million people – is expected...

Farmers fear pollies scaring foreign investors - theaustralian.com.au

THE National Farmers Federation has warned that the political debate about foreign investment in Australian agriculture could deter investors and hurt...

NBN rollout in South Australia; who is first in line? - abc.net.au

NBN Co will continue to roll out the National Broadband Network fibre optic cable across South Australia over the next three years.

Sustainable livestock vow not just hot air - theaustralian.com.au

AUSTRALIA'S 55,000 cattle and sheep producers have pledged to consumers to all be farming sustainably by 2020.

Empty containers top exports - weeklytimesnow.com.au

THE biggest shipping container export out of Australia's east coast cities is thin air. An analysis by The Weekly Times shows the major ports of Melbourne,...

US-Korea deal hits Aussie beef - weeklytimesnow.com.au

THE US-Korea free trade agreement has begun to disadvantage Australian farmers. Beef and dairy farmers will be hardest-hit as tariffs on US produce entering...

Interest rates fluctuate as producers face varying conditions - beefcentral.com

The March Agribusiness Loan Monitor released today by the National Farmers Federation shows that only one financial institution has reduced agribusiness...

Going for growth on the farm - theaustralian.com.au

AUSTRALIA'S north has long been mooted as the food bowl for the expanding Asian region, but without sufficient investment and the opportunity to revolutionise...

Farmers are concerned over calls to harness Asian capital to boost the nation's food production - theaustralian.com.au

FARMERS have demanded an overhaul of foreign investment rules ahead of any attempt to harness Asian capital to boost the nation's food production.

Tap Asia for farm funding, says Craig Emerson - theaustralian.com.au

TRADE Minister Craig Emerson has outlined plans to harness capital from emerging economic giants such as China and India to spark a revolution in Australian...

Farmers and industry leaders map out blueprint for agriculture - abc.net.au

Farmers and agricultural leaders have met to map out a plan for the future of farming. It's part of a series of forums being held by the National Farmers...

Ag industry raises concerns at NFF forum - abc.net.au

The National Farmers Federation says it's expecting mining expansion and transport will be a major concerns at a forum near Toowoomba this afternoon.

$1bn flood damage bill threatens economy, farms - theaustralian.com.au

FLOOD disasters gripping NSW and Victoria could cost the states much more than $1 billion, delivering another crippling blow to the national economy and...

A proper drenching to remember La Nina by - theaustralian.com.au

EIGHTY per cent of Trevor Randall's 35,000ha property at Bourke is under water -- and he has never seen it looking so good.

Best six months for farms in years: Ludwig - news.ninemsn.com.au

The first half of 2012 could be the best period in years for Australian agriculture.

Farmers set to reap bumper profits - abc.net.au

Farmers across the country will see healthy results this financial year despite recent widespread flooding, with official figures suggesting profits will...

Farming profits up for the first time in decades - abc.net.au

TONY EASTLEY: It looks as though for the first time in three decades farm profits will be up in all states and across all types of farm activity this financial...

Does yoghurt really grow on trees? - theland.farmonline.com.au

A NATIONAL survey of Year 6 and 10 students by the Australian Council for Educational Research has found yawning gaps in young people's knowledge of basic...

Student and teacher knowledge of farming 'alarmingly low' - beefcentral.com

The National Farmers’ Federation is calling for greater investment in agricultural education after a study by the Primary Industries Education Foundation...

Students' farming knowledge poor: survey - au.news.yahoo.com

Farmers want more investment in agricultural education after a survey showing students have worryingly little knowledge about food and fibre production.

Students' farming knowledge poor: survey - news.ninemsn.com.au

Farmers want more investment in agricultural education after a survey showing students have worryingly little knowledge about food and fibre production.

Farmers batting above average: NFF - theland.farmonline.com.au

THE National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) has earlier this week released Farm Facts 2012, which shows that agriculture continues to grow both its food and...

February 2012

Farming increasingly productive, but shedding jobs - abc.net.au

ELEANOR HALL: The latest snapshot of Australian farming shows about 18,000 fewer people were employed in agriculture last year, than the previous year....

It's not all gloom at the farm gate - smh.com.au

THOUSANDS of Australia's agriculture workers have packed up their tools and walked off the land during the past two years.

Push for CSG legislation goes to water - theaustralian.com.au

THE push for a direct commonwealth takeover of coal-seam gas exploration and mining approvals that threaten water supplies is doomed to failure after two...

Liaison Officers provide valuable service for farmers - theland.farmonline.com.au

The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) has welcomed a Biosecurity Liaison Officer, on secondment from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry,...

Burke accused of broken promise on Murray-Darling water purchases - theaustralian.com.au

THE federal government has reneged on a commitment not to take more irrigation water from struggling farmers in the southern Murray-Darling Basin this...

Farmers need clarity: NFF - sl.farmonline.com.au

NATIONAL Farmers Federation president Jock Laurie says his group will deal with whoever’s leading the Federal government in future but welcomes a thorough...

Rural leaders want Federal Government to stop 'buggering' around - abc.net.au

Rural leaders say the leadership battle within Government is distracting from the real issues.

Banks pass on rate cuts to beef producers - beefcentral.com

The National Farmers Federation’s first Agribusiness Loan Monitor assessment for 2012 shows that all financial institutions examined, bar one, have reduced...

Interest rates shake agribusiness - abc.net.au

It appears a brave new world may be unfolding in national monetary policy. Major lenders are making decisions on interest rates independent of the Reserve...

Thinking outside ag's "silos" - fw.farmonline.com.au

AGRICULTURAL industry stakeholders have been urged to break out of their "silos" to work together more effectively in overcoming the sector’s critical...

Farmers outraged by fresh environmental attacks - theaustralian.com.au

FARMERS are battling new attacks from two national organisations alleging they are not environmentally responsible producers of food.

Indon port closures worry food exporters - canberratimes.com.au

Indonesia's plan to restrict access to just four of its ports for fresh fruit and vegetable imports is a matter of real concern, a senate hearing has heard.

Unis struggle to attract agriculture students - abc.net.au

ELEANOR HALL: There's been a dramatic decline in the number of university students enrolling in agricultural studies and now one institution has withdrawn...

NBN broadband satellites please farmers - news.smh.com.au

The federal government's plan to buy two satellites to provide high-speed broadband services to the nation's most remote areas has pleased farmers, but...

Farmers fear for cattle safety in fracking process - afr.com

Farmers have opened a new front in the battle over coal seam gas, warning they could be vulnerable to legal challenge if their livestock or produce are...

Homemade bomb threat prompts chemicals review - abc.net.au

MARK COLVIN: It's long been known that some farm fertilisers can be used to make crude but effective bombs. Now the Federal Government wants more scrutiny...

ABC Landline's Pip Courtney interviews NFF President Jock Laurie - abc.net.au

It's 14 months since Jock Laurie took over the reins of Australia's peak rural lobby group, the National Farmers' Federation. But given what's happened...

Bird flu find is far from a danger: NFF - sl.farmonline.com.au

THE National Farmers Federation (NFF) has called on countries including Japan to remain objective before implementing bans on poultry products as a result...

Poultry import ban an 'over-reaction', says industry - abc.net.au

ELEANOR HALL: The Australian poultry industry says Japan's ban on Australian poultry products is an over-reaction to the outbreak of avian flu on a Victorian...

What happened to our age-old concept of a fair go for all? - heraldsun.com.au

WE live in strange times. While most of the world complains of rising prices for staple commodities such as energy and housing, our food prices are apparently...

Coles' discounting offensive riles ag groups - beefcentral.com

News of a new price discounting offensive on fresh produce by Coles sparked a flurry of reaction from food and agriculture groups yesterday. The National...

Coles price cuts rattle MPs - theage.com.au

COLES' decision to slash fresh fruit and vegetable prices has prompted politicians to call for an overhaul of Australia's competition laws, with several...

Farmers bracing for shakeup to workplace laws - abc.net.au

Changes to occupational health and safety laws and an independent review of the Fair Work Act could all make a difference to how farmers run their businesses....

Japan bans our poultry after avian flu case - theaustralian.com.au

JAPAN has banned imports of all Australian poultry products after an outbreak of avian influenza among ducks in Victoria. It is the first major embargo...

National Farmers Federation wants Coles guarantee - abc.net.au

The National Farmers Federation says it wants guarantees from Coles, that its price cuts won't affect prices paid to farmers.

January 2012

ABC News 24 interview: supermarket price wars - youtube.com

The NFF has called on Coles to guarantee that farmers and farm gate prices will not be negatively affected by their decision to slash fruit and vegetable...

Channel 7 News interview: supermarket price wars - youtube.com

The NFF has called on Coles to guarantee that farmers and farm gate prices will not be negatively affected by their decision to slash fruit and vegetable...

NFF wants water answers - theland.farmonline.com.au

PROMISED funds for on farm water infrastructure have been misspent and the Gillard government will face a backlash unless it "replaces" $520 million swallowed...

11pc of farm land foreign-owned - abc.net.au

The National Farmers Federation (NFF) says it is concerned by the rising level of foreign investment in agricultural land and says it welcomes more regular...

Overwhelming majority of farms Australian-owned - abc.net.au

A report from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural Research Economic and Sciences says Australian agriculture is exactly that. It found that around 99...

US farm aid chopped - weeklytimesnow.com.au

THOUSANDS of jobs and millions of dollars have been cut from US agriculture programs due to the nation's crippling debt woes.

Farm lobby outlines budget wishes - abc.net.au

Facing a tight Federal Budget, the National Farmers Federation says it doesn't want as much money for agriculture this year, but it still has a wish list.

Is this the end of the Aussie family farm? - thepunch.com.au

Foreign investors have been snapping at the heels of Aussie farms. In spite of Cyclone Yasi, fires, floods, supermarket wars, the carbon tax and the coal...

Murray Darling Basin: work together on water - abc.net.au

More than two million Australians live within the Murray-Darling Basin. That's only about a tenth of Australia's population, yet this area includes some...

Farmers building consumer trust - sl.farmonline.com.au

FARM industry groups worried by a growing lack of consumer empathy with food production and modern agriculture may adopt a US initiative to help build...

Farmers peak body sounds alarm over increase in super - theaustralian.com.au

THE nation's peak farming body has raised "serious concerns" about Labor's push to increase the superannuation guarantee from 9 to 12 per cent, declaring...

Farm lending rates double RBA average - sl.farmonline.com.au

WITH few big agribusiness lenders making any attempt to follow the Reserve Bank of Australia's (RBA) interest rate cut last month, average farm lending...

Labour shortage costs farmers $150m - theage.com.au

ACUTE labour shortages are costing Australia's farmers more than $150 million a year in lost productivity, with rural food producers struggling to find...

A pig of a job but migrants happy to help - theaustralian.com.au

FARMERS suffering chronic labour shortages in the bush have been forced to look offshore for workers to raise their pigs.

2012 is Year of the Farmer - sl.farmonline.com.au

THE National Farmers' Federation (NFF) has heralded the start of the new year, calling on all Australians to join with agriculture in celebrating the Australian...

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