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December 2013

Upbeat Outlook for 2014 - theland.com.au

AUSTRALIAN farmers see generally upbeat prospects for the sector as it moves into 2014, despite lingering droughty weather conditions in NSW and Queensland.

Farmers benefit from international research says report - abc.net.au

A new report shows foreign aid for international agricultural research generates as much money for Australian farmers as it does for the developing countries...

Farmers plead for parliament to repeal carbon tax legislation - theaustralian.com.au

FARMERS and irrigators have called on the Senate to pass the Abbott government's carbon tax repeal bill in parliament's last sitting fortnight, which begins...

November 2013

Unite, says new NFF boss - weeklytimesnow.com.au

Solutions - not problems - must be the future of agricultural leadership, new National Farmers' Federation president Brent Finlay believes.

Q&A: Linnegar's focus - theland.com.au

WELCOME to the second Get Muddy Q&A. This month, I stalked around the sitting of a new parliament in Canberra and the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF)...

Farmers dubious on Code - theland.com.au

FARM groups remain sceptical about the capacity of a voluntary code of conduct for supermarkets to protect farmers against potential market power abuse.

Review an NFF priority - theland.com.au

NEW National Farmers Federation (NFF) president Brent Finlay says the role of a peak national agricultural lobby group remains as relevant as ever in Canberra.

Primary producers want a code that applies to all supermarket chains - theaustralian.com.au

FARMERS and food manufacturers have given a lukewarm reception to a new code of conduct for supermarket giants Coles and Woolworths, saying it will do...

Brent Finlay as National Farmers Federation president - therural.com.au

THE members of Australia’s peak farm body, the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF), have elected Queensland grazier Brent Finlay as the NFF’s 12th...

Finlay takes NFF reins - northqueenslandregister.com.au

QUEENSLAND livestock producer and former AgForce president Brent Finlay has been elected as the 12th president of the National Farmers' Federation (NFF).

National farm lobby elects new president - abc.net.au

Queensland grazier Brent Finlay has been elected as the new president of the National Farmers' Federation.

National farm lobby elects new president - abc.net.au

Queensland grazier Brent Finlay has been elected as the new president of the National Farmers' Federation.

New national farm lobby chief is pro-foreign investment - theaustralian.com.au

AUSTRALIA'S national farm lobby group has a new leader from southern Queensland who supports greater foreign investment in agriculture.

NFF elects its third president this year - heraldsun.com.au

QUEENSLAND grazier Brent Finlay has been named president of the nation's peak farming body, the third person to occupy the top job this year

Farmers forge ties despite trade differences - abc.net.au

About a dozen representatives from Japan's powerful national farm lobby group, JA Zenchu, are doing just that this week, on a visit to a mixed grazing...

NFF to host Japanese counterpart - theland.com.au

JAPAN’S peak farm body will meet with the National Farmers’ Federation this week in Canberra to discuss key issues facing farmers and the agriculture...

October 2013

Libs told to lock in FTAs - theaustralian.com.au

BUSINESS is applying pressure to Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb to deliver swiftly on the pledge to secure long-awaited free trade agreements...

Joyce to review drought relief - theland.com.au

AGRICULTURE Minister Barnaby Joyce knows farm conditions are extremely dry in Queensland this year and agricultural industries are doing it tough, especially...

Farmers seek bigger slice of FTAs - theaustralian.com.au

AUSTRALIAN farmers are demanding that Tony Abbott's proposed free trade deals with China, Japan and South Korea unlock a greater share of Asian markets...

Farming lobby warns against rushing China free trade deal - abc.net.au

The Federal Government says it will take political will, rather than compromise, to reach a free trade deal with China within a year

Ag addressing Asian markets - theland.com.au

THE Asian century is very much at the fore again this week with the release of today's Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences...

Drought aid in spotlight as Barnaby heads north - beefcentral.com

Federal agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce will tour north west Queensland today, where pressure is growing on the new Coalition Government to boost support...

China trade deal could spark Coalition tension - abc.net.au

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says he's confident of reaching a free trade agreement with China within 12 months, after holding talks with President Xi Jinping...

Farmers angry at Woolies' eggs ban - smh.com.au

Woolworths says the price of biscuits, mayonnaise and other Homebrand goods are unlikely to rise as the supermarket chain bans cheaper caged eggs as an...

Joyce calls for free-range talks - theland.com.au

FEDERAL Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has called for a meeting with Woolworths executives to discuss the company’s decision to phase out all caged...

September 2013

NFF's Matt Linnegar expresses activism concerns at Central West meeting - westernmagazine.com.au

Farmers need to tell a united story was the message National Farmers Federation (NFF) CEO, Matt Linnegar announced at the Macquarie River Food and Fibre...

Don't 'chase away' foreign investors, farmers warned - theage.com.au

A leading figure in Australian agriculture and business, Donald McGauchie, has urged the nation to welcome foreign investors in the sector and warned that...

Farmers group chief speaks at meeting - narrominenewsonline.com.au

ABOUT 50 people attended the Macquarie River Food and Fibre (MRFF) Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Trangie Bowling Club on Wednesday to hear National...

Strangling the golden goose - farmweekly.com.au

THE National Farmers' Federation (NFF) has been quick to signal its wish list for the new Coalition government – a reduced regulatory burden.

Farm lobby urges quick action on red tape costs - abc.net.au

The National Farmers Federation is calling on the incoming Coalition government to cut red and green tape for agriculture as a matter of urgency

Grains body chair sought - farmweekly.com.au

APPLICATIONS for the position of independent chair of the National Farmers’ Federation Grains Policy Council (NFFGPC) will open next week.

NFF rates agricultural policies - narrominenewsonline.com.au

With only three days remaining until the Federal Election, and following a number of agricultural policy announcements over the past week, the National...

Farmers need rate relief: NFF - theland.com.au

WHILE interest rates remain at an historic low, only four of the seven lenders tracked by the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) Agribusiness Loan Monitor...

Coalition plan wins the farming vote - news.ninemsn.com.au

A flurry of generous election promises to rural Australia has seen the coalition surge ahead of Labor in the popularity stakes with farmers.

NFF rates ag policies - theland.com.au

AFTER the major parties rushed to release pre-election agricultural policy announcements over the past week, the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) has...

August 2013

Brunei talks haven't solved Australian trade problems - abc.net.au

The National Farmers Federation says the latest round of talks in Brunei about the Trans-Pacific Partnership haven't resolved issues of market access for...

Coalition releases full agriculture policy - abc.net.au

The Coalition says it will allocate $147 million in new money to the agriculture sector if it's elected, with the full costings to be revealed with the...

Farmers fed up and fired up - abc.net.au

As the election campaign crosses the continent there's widespread belief in the bush that farmers have been forgotten.

Labor offers mediator to draw up supermarket code - abc.net.au

Federal Agriculture Minister Joel Fitzgibbon says Labor would appoint an independent mediator to help finalise a Food and Grocery Code of Conduct, if it's...

Leaders speak out on foreign investment in farming - abc.net.au

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has confirmed that the Coalition will lower the threshold for Foreign Investment Review Board scrutiny of agricultural land...

Minister matters not party, say farmers - stockandland.com.au

THE nation's farmers, who export $40 billion a year, are open-minded on whether a Liberal takes over the trade portfolio instead of a National minister...

Nat's ag policy welcomed - theland.com.au

COALITION promises to increase agricultural research and development (R&D), improve trade market access, focus on profitability and reduce red tape have...

Coalition boost to R&D wins farming vote - news.brisbanetimes.com.au

In a major overture to Australia's farmers, the coalition has pledged to boost funding for rural research and development (R&D) by $100 million if elected...

Coalition pledges extra for agriculture R&D - weeklytimesnow.com.au

A COALITION Government will invest $100m in additional funding for Rural Research & Development Corporations. Shadow Agriculture Minister John Cobb will...

No ag policy for ALP - theland.com.au

FEDERAL Agriculture Minister Joel Fitzgibbon has defended the Labor party’s plans not to release a formal agricultural policy during the 2013 election...

NFF engages in South East Asia Trade Talks - westernmagazine.com.au

National Farmers' Federation (NFF) President Duncan Fraser is in South East Asia this week for the 19th round of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Mr...

NFF releases national scorecard to get agriculture on election radar - westernmagazine.com.au

The National Farmers' Federation (NFF) has released an election scorecard comparing the three major parties, the Coalition, Australian Labor Party (ALP)...

ABC Landline Election Update - abc.net.au

Apart from Labor's announcement last week it will boost agricultural production in northern Australia through a special economic zone, rural issues haven't...

Farm lobby looking for more from this election - abc.net.au

As the federal election campaign reaches its halfway point, the National Farmers Federation says it's still looking for more from the major parties.

NFF scorecard slams parties - theland.com.au

THE federal Coalition is yet to respond to questions from the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) as to how it would address key election issues affecting...

Linnegar's pre-election pragmatism - farmweekly.com.au

NATIONAL Farmers Federation (NFF) chief executive Matt Linnegar says rural and agricultural voters are “frightened” by the prospect of facing another...

North plan not a hit - farmweekly.com.au

THE government's new development plan for Northern Australia has been cautiously welcomed by the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) but blasted by the...

Govt plan for north a 'drop in the ocean': NFF - beefcentral.com

Kevin Rudd has promised to establish a Northern Special Economic Zone and held out the prospect of cutting company tax by about one third for Northern...

National Farmers' Federation say Rudd's Northern Australia Plan Not Enoug - westernmagazine.com.au

The National Farmers' Federation (NFF) have cautiously welcomed the Government's announcement today about developing northern Australia, although the NFF...

Greens food future plan under fire - weeklytimesnow.com.au

In an election campaign where regional Australia is crying out for a vision, the Greens "food future" plan missed its chance

NFF pushes on as policy wait continues - weeklytimesnow.com.au

THERE'S no point trying to ring Duncan Fraser on his mobile if he's at home on his property near Hay, in the western Riverina region of NSW.

Mobile 'black spot' funding welcomed - theland.com.au

THE Coalition government has committed to spend $100 million to eliminate mobile phone black spots across the country by building hundreds of base stations...

Greens policy sparks response - farmweekly.com.au

THE National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) has not rushed to embrace the Australian Greens ‘Our Food Future’ policy launched yesterday, calling the package...

Rate cut timely for farm debt: NFF - theland.com.au

THE National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) has welcomed the Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA’s) decision to cut interest rates by a further 0.25 per...

Agriculture should be elevated in Election - wellingtontimes.com.au

With the election confirmed for September 7, the nation’s peak agricultureadvocacy body, the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) is looking to politicians...

Show us the policy: NFF - stockjournal.com.au

WITH the election date of September 7 only five weeks away, agricultural policies still remain unclear says the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF).

Farmers slam Labor's ag plan - weeklytimesnow.com.au

FARMERS have accused Labor's election pledges of lacking detail and being "written on the back of an envelope'.

NSW Irrigators Council joins NFF - stockandland.com.au

NSW Irrigators join NFF - weeklytimesnow.com.au

July 2013

Stormy Weather - Profile of NFF President, Duncan Fraser - australiaunlimited.com

Farmers by their very nature are much better at taking a long term view than the rest of us. Duncan Fraser, President of the National Farmers’ Federation,...

Concern ETS cuts will hurt rural areas - heraldsun.com.au

CONCERNS have been raised that rural areas will be disadvantaged by the federal government's move to a floating carbon price. The Rudd government says...

Farm programs hit by cuts - farmweekly.com.au

CARBON Farming Futures and the Biodiversity Fund are among the programs set for funding cuts as part of the nearly $4 billion worth of cuts announced today...

States must sign debt plan says NFF - abc.net.au

Victoria has become the second state to sign up to the Federal Government's farm finance package. Farmers in that state will be eligible for concessional...

$60 million relief offered for Qld farmers - news.ninemsn.com.au

Struggling Queensland farmers will be able to restructure their debts under a $60 million federal government emergency relief package.

Anger over 457 visa Bill - theland.com.au

THE passing of a Bill through the federal parliament placing stronger regulations on employers seeking to sponsor skilled migrant workers on 457 visas...

Farming sector welcomes Agriculture Minister Joel Fitzgibbon - theaustralian.com.au

THE farming sector has welcomed the appointment of new Agriculture Minister Joel Fitzgibbon. A former automotive electrician and electorate officer from...

June 2013

Environmental policy gets streamlined - therural.com.au

A one-stop-shop for environmental approvals, announced as a key policy for the coalition, has been welcomed by the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF).

Leadership reaction from farmers and peak conservation group - abc.net.au

CEO of the National Farmers' Federation, Matt Linnegar says people in regional areas are "sick to death of leadership battles" which distract the government...

Ludwig's 'mixed legacy' - theland.com.au

NATIONAL Farmers' Federation CEO Matt Linnegar believes Joe Ludwig exits the agriculture portfolio with a mixed legacy among rural Australians.

NFF call for action on quad bike safety - weeklytimesnow.com.au

AUSTRALIA's peak farming body is calling for ATV manufacturers to provide compulsory training and helmets as a condition of sale. The National Farmers...

Supporting foreign investment in Agriculture - therural.com.au

THE National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) has welcomed the release of a Senate Committee report that recognises the need for greater information about foreign...

Mood lifts as dollar falls - weeklytimesnow.com.au

THE sustained fall in the Australian dollar is adding to a general mood of optimism in rural Australia, farm leaders say. "Widespread rains have boosted...

NFF calls for quad bike industry to produce safety measures - themorningbulletin.com.au

THE National Farmers' Federation has again called on manufacturers to improve the safety of quad bikes after another death.

Time to act on quad safety: NFF - farmweekly.com.au

QUAD bike safety is an issue that can no longer be ignored, says The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF), calling today for both a new, safer model and...

Hampers deliver food message - theland.com.au

HAMPERS of Australian food and fibre products have been delivered to all federal parliamentarians today as a reminder of the importance of farmers in the...

Farming leaders get a taste of the Territory - abc.net.au

Agricultural leaders from around the country were in Darwin last week for a meeting of the National Farmers' Federation Members Council. It's the first...

CSIRO unveils boost for food production - bigpondnews.com

Australian scientists are listening to oyster hearts and monitoring cows online as part of plans to dramatically increase food production, with early findings...

Coalition promises Top End development vision - abc.net.au

The Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has committed the Coalition to produce a White Paper for Northern Australian development within 12 months, if it's elected...

Farmers welcome Coalition's 2030 plan for northern Australia - theaustralian.com.au

FARMING groups gathered in Darwin and the Northern Territory's chief minister have broadly welcomed news of the Coalition's 2030 vision for developing...

Northern ag plan caution - weeklytimesnow.com.au

THE Coalition's vision of turning northern Australia into "the next frontier'' for agriculture has attracted a cautionary response. If elected, a Coalition...

Farm leaders in Darwin to talk Top End ag - abc.net.au

The presidents and CEOs of Australia's peak farming groups are in Darwin today to discuss key issues facing the northern agricultural sector.

US Farm Bill continues uneven playing field for farmers - abc.net.au

The US Farm Bill which has passed through the Senate continues the uneven playing field created for farmers, according to the National Farmers Federation.

NFF belts US Farm Bill - abc.net.au

Australia's chief farm lobby group says the US Farm Bill presently before the House of Representatives still "disguises" assistance being given to American...

Funds will help students learn about agriculture - westernmagazine.com.au

An announcement of $1.5 million from the federal government to help Australian students learn about their food is a positive step forward, says the nation’s...

Farm lending slows - queenslandcountrylife.com.au

INTEREST rates are edging down and farmers are more focused on repaying bank debt than they have been in years, yet Australia's $60 billion farm lending...

Saving food, farms and the environment - stockjournal.com.au

WORLD Environment Day (June 5) was an opportunity for both industry and the public to reflect on the message ‘Think. Eat. Save’, said farm lobby groups.

Farmers call for rate cuts - theland.com.au

THE Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) may have opted not to cut Australia's record-low official interest rate any further this week but farmers want the...

Coles urged to reconsider - theland.com.au

THE National Farmers' Federation (NFF) has written to Coles chief executive Ian McLeod expressing concern about the retail supermarket giant’s support...

Coles support for lobby group angers farmers - couriermail.com.au

COLES has provoked social media outrage from farmers after it decided to back a fundraising campaign by Animals Australia, a group accused of trying to...

NFF welcomes small rise for lowest paid - abc.net.au

The National Farmers Federation has welcomed the 2.6 per cent wage rise for Australia's lowest paid workers.

New ag ed initiative - farmweekly.com.au

THE federal government has launched a new $1.5 million program to boost agricultural education in Australian schools and promote career pathways, including...

Wage increase decision reflects industry concerns: NFF - beefcentral.com

The Fair Work Commission's decsion to raise the national minimum wage by $15.80 per week from July 1 is a better result for agriculture than the $30 per...

Most banks share rate cuts - farmweekly.com.au

THREE weeks after the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) cut interest rates to a record low, the majority of financial lenders have passed the rate cut on...

May 2013

Loan monitor shows most banks pass on rate relief - beefcentral.com

Three weeks after the Reserve Bank of Australia cut interest rates to a record low, the majority of financial lenders have passed the rate cut on to their...

Coles fundraising plan bagged - theland.com.au

FARM groups and graziers are outraged Coles is considering a new proposal to sell shopping bags on behalf of Animals Australia. They fear the funds could...

Survey shows most banks passed on full RBA rate cut - abc.net.au

The latest monthly survey of agribusiness lenders has found that most of them passed on the Reserve Bank's latest interest rate cut in full.

Blueprint's positive focus - farmweekly.com.au

COMMUNICATING agriculture’s good news to overcome negative messages has been identified by the National Farmers Federation (NFF) as a key element in...

Criticism for National Food Plan - abc.net.au

ASHLEY HALL: Environmentalists and some farming groups are lining up to criticise the Federal Government's Food Plan. Launched at the weekend, the plan...

National Food Plan lacks urgency, says AFGC - foodmag.com.au

Released over the weekend by the Minister for Agriculture Joe Ludwig, the National Food Plan contains worthy goals for boosting food exports and production...

NFF welcomes spending on Asian Food Markets - abc.net.au

The National Farmers Federation has welcomed the $28.5 million in the National Food Plan to investigate Asian food markets. The Food Plan, released at...

Farmers welcome food plan - weeklytimesnow.com.au

AUSTRALIAN farmers have welcomed the Federal Government's National Food Plan. Both the National Farmers’ Federation and the Victorian Farmers Federation...

First-ever National Food Plan praised by NFF, criticised by Greens - theaustralian.com.au

FARMERS have praised the federal government's National Food Plan but the Coalition says Labor's blueprint for the agricultural industry is too little,...

NFF progresses Blueprint - farmweekly.com.au

THE National Farmers Federation (NFF) will take the first steps in following up its Blueprint for Australian Agriculture at an all-day meeting in Canberra...

Red tape overhaul for food supply chain - news.smh.com.au

The Productivity Commission will review red tape across the food supply chain, a move likely to please farmers who have long called for regulation in the...

Debt help withers on red-tape vine - weeklytimesnow.com.au

MAKING good money by farming has never been easy. But the first major rural sentiment survey, Rural Pulse, conducted by Newspoll, reflected some stark...

Farmers call for minimum wage increase - news.smh.com.au

An increase in the national minimum wage would help the struggling farming industry to attract entry level workers, Australia's peak farmers group says.

Ag chem uproar - farmweekly.com.au

A POTENTIAL log-jam of legislation in federal parliament may yet save animal health product makers, crop chemical companies and farmers from a costly raft...

Farmer fury at help delay - smh.com.au

Farmers are demanding the federal government explain why they will have to wait 14 months before they can apply for help under its new financial assistance...

Ag chemicals bill to add costs - weeklytimesnow.com.au

FARMERS fear extra regulations after the House of Representatives passed the agricultural and veterinary chemicals bill. The bill - aimed to improve the...

Dip in dollar benefits grain and dairy farmers - foodmag.com.au

Australian farmers have received a flow-through benefit from the global decline in commodity markets and a reduction in value of the Aussie dollar against...

Drought funding baffles farmers - weeklytimesnow.com.au

FUNDING drought assistance from the Federal Government's annual allocation to Landcare initiatives has baffled the farming sector. This week's budget...

Farmers win as dollar dips - farmweekly.com.au

AUSTRALIAN farmers are getting an ironic flow-on benefit from a global decline in commodity markets as our inflated exchange rate finally loses some of...

Farmers claim Gillard Govt has 'robbed Peter to pay Paul' - gympietimes.com.au

AUSTRALIA'S rural industries largely dodged the scalpel wielded by the Federal Treasurer for this week's Federal Budget, but the peak body for farmers...

Industry reaction: Poor outcome for Ag sector in Federal budget - beefcentral.com

Agriculture, and beef in particular, has generally fared poorly in the Federal Budget issued by the lame duck Gillard Government overnight.

Long-term vision lacking in budget - queenslandcountrylife.com.au

AGRICULTURE has been spared major funding cuts in the 2013-14 Federal Budget, but hopes of gaining new funding for the sector’s longer term vision to...

PRIME farmland "ought to be entirely exempt from native vegetation regulations". - weeklytimesnow.com.au

The former Victorian Farmers Federation president and Gippsland dairy farmer called for Planning Minister Matthew Guy's proposed agricultural production...

Show us the money: Cobb - farmweekly.com.au

SHADOW federal Agriculture Minister John Cobb says the best thing the Labor government could deliver in this year’s budget is a change of attitude towards...

Budget lets ag down: NFF - northqueenslandregister.com.au

THE National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) is disappointed that the Federal Budget "robs Peter to pay Paul", rather than committing to new agricultural funding...

Hike in costs for 457 visas - abc.net.au

The Federal Government will increase the cost of applying for a 457 visa from $455 to $900. It is forecast to raise around $198 million over the next...

Mixed reaction to federal budget - news.ninemsn.com.au

Groups as diverse as farmers, the Greens, retailers and foreign aid advocates have united in slamming the federal budget, while disability groups and unions...

Swan budget forgets farmers says NFF - queenslandcountrylife.com.au

THE peak national body representing the Australian agriculture sector says tonight’s Federal Budget has brought little change for Australian farmers...

Windsor takes swipe at Farmers Federation over rural R&D - abc.net.au

Cuts are expected in tonight's Federal Budget, as the Government looks for savings to secure its flagship education and disability reforms and make up...

NFF urges banks to pass rate cuts on to farmers - queenslandcountrylife.com.au

WHILE welcoming the Reserve Bank of Australia's (RBA) decision to cut interest rates, the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) has called on banks to ensure...

NFF urges more rural lenders to pass on rate cut - abc.net.au

The farm sector has welcomed the Reserve Bank's decision to cut the official cash rate by 0.25 per cent, and is now calling on rural lenders to follow...

Budget woes threaten ag funds - farmweekly.com.au

THE National Farmers Federation’s desire to re-prioritise agriculture on the national political agenda may be temporarily thwarted by the federal government’s...

Industry calls for ESCAS to Egypt - stockjournal.com.au

LIVESTOCK exporters have called for major reforms to protect the welfare of Australian animals following "abhorrent abuse" at Egyptian abattoirs revealed...

NFF says big drought questions remain unanswered - abc.net.au

The national farm lobby says Australia's drought reform agreement is a good step forward, but leaves the biggest policy questions unresolved.

Ag interest rates on hold - stockandland.com.au

AGRICULTURAL interest rates have remained on hold for the third consecutive month, mirroring the Reserve Bank of Australia’s decision to leave rates...

April 2013

New federal loans will help farmers: NFF - smh.com.au

Concessional government loans worth $420 million will help farmers who are being "smashed" by the high Australian dollar and rising production prices,...

NFF welcomes federal loans for farmers - bigpondnews.com

The National Farmers' Federation says concessional loans offered by the federal government worth 420 million dollars will help farmers hit hard by the...

NFF want $5m for ag education - stockandland.com.au

A DISSOCIATION between students and where their food comes from is behind the National Farmers' Federation's (NFF) push for $5 million government investment...

Visit to Japan for NFF chief - dailyadvertiser.com.au

THE new National Farmers Federation (NFF) president, Duncan Fraser visited Japan to attend a meeting of the international agricultural representative body....

Brent Finlay new NFF vice-president - farmweekly.com.au

QUEENSLAND producer and former AgForce president Brent Finlay has been appointed National Farmers' Federation vice president. Mr Finlay, AgForce president...

March 2013

Exports fall despite Asia Century rhetoric - theaustralian.com.au

Around the world, nations are looking to promote trade -- particularly with lucrative markets in Asia -- to overcome the economic downturn that resulted...

Supermarket conduct code backed - weeklytimesnow.com.au

The Government wanted supermarkets, the Australian Food and Grocery Council, ACCC and the National Farmers' Federation to negotiate a voluntary code.

NFF tries to get farming back on the election radar - abc.net.au

The National Farmers Federation says agriculture has slipped off the radar in Australia, but it has a plan to change that in this election year.

ACCC could enforce compulsory supermarket code of conduct - abc.net.au

The Federal Government says it will move to ensure supermarkets deal fairly with suppliers and farmers - by considering a compulsory code of conduct.

457 visas - the picture for rural Australia - abc.net.au

The current debate over 457 visas at a federal level has largely centred on the urban workforce, but regional industries say they're being left out.

Arbitration ban a threat to FTAs - theaustralian.com.au

An emergency delegation led by National Farmers Federation president Jock Laurie and Cattle Council of Australia president Andrew Ogilvie has flown this...

February 2013

Blueprint maps out future for Australian agriculture - abc.net.au

The National Farmers Federation has launched a comprehensive blueprint for Australian agriculture, setting priorities for the sector out as far as 2050.

NFF calls for unity and food bowl funds - theaustralian.com.au

THE National Farmers Federation has called for rural Australia to unite behind it to help restore struggling farm profitability.

Teach farming in schools: NFF - theaustralian.com.au

FARMERS are warning that unless agriculture is added to the school curriculum, Australia won't have the expertise to keep the sector competitive.

Agriculture blueprint hopes to make food bowl a reality - abc.net.au

TONY EASTLEY: Australia is mentioned regularly as becoming the food bowl of Asia, but there's a lot between the promise, the projections and reality. The...

Editorial: Our nation's vital growth industry - adelaidenow.com.au

IN recent years much has been said and written about the importance of sectors such as mining, defence, manufacturing, tourism and education as engines...

Farmers' Federation blueprint for Australian farming - adelaidenow.com.au

DEVELOPING robotic technologies to ease the need for human labour on farms and producing protein-based food in labs are among radical proposals to stimulate...

Farming wish list: free trade, foreign funds, research - smh.com.au

Farm industry leaders have called for the establishment of free-trade agreements with crucial growing markets, a boost for ''stagnant'' agricultural research...

NFF unveils long-term blueprint for farm sector - abc.net.au

The National Farmers Federation has released its blueprint for the Australian agricultural sector to 2050.

Ag blueprint tackles labour shortage - weeklytimesnow.com.au

LABOUR shortages and tough terms of trade are under the spotlight in the "Blueprint for Australian Agriculture'' to be launched tomorrow.

January 2013

Ag needs to be on political agenda - weeklytimesnow.com.au

FARM groups are calling on federal election candidates to put agriculture high on their policy agendas.

Growers call for calm as price hikes, shortages set to hit buyers - theaustralian.com.au

CONSUMERS will be hit with price rises and shortages of fruit and vegetables following last week's devastating floods and tornadoes along the Queensland...

NFF wants more focus on agriculture during federal election campaign - abc.net.au

The National Farmers Federation says its priority for the very long election campaign is to put agriculture higher on the national agenda.

Key stakeholders welcome election certainty - abc.net.au

SALLY SARA: Outside of politics, the early election announcement has been warmly welcomed. Lexi Metherell's been gauging the views - and the wish lists...

Cheap supermarket food could lead to reduced competition say Choice, NFF - abc.net.au

A 'grocery war' between the major supermarkets could be counterproductive according to the National Farmers' Federation and consumer group Choice.

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