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May 2014

Linnegar's lasting legacy - theland.com.au

OUTGOING National Farmers' Federation (NFF) chief executive officer Matt Linnegar has pointed towards the Blueprint for Australian Agriculture as a key...

El Niño prediction sparks calls to develop an ‘overarching’ drought support policy for Australia farmers - weeklytimesnow.com.au

National Farmers’ Federation president Brent Finlay said now was the right time to be discussing a long-term policy.

Farmers want clarity on Coalition’s climate plan - m.theaustralian.com.au

THE National Farmers' Federation has called for the federal government's direct action plan to tackle climate change to be made clearer and easier for...

Farming sector’s expectations met in ‘tough’ federal Budget, but not without disappointments, cuts - weeklytimesnow.com.au

National Farmers’ Federation Brent Finlay said in a tough budget environment, the Government had “largely delivered” on its election commitments...

Ag hanging on budget - stockandland.com.au

THE National Farmers' Federation (NFF) is hoping for new money for agricultural related programs like trade or research and development (R&D) in today’s...

Ag in the budget dark - theland.com.au

The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) has acknowledged the new government is facing a monumental fiscal challenge it inherited from Labor and is shaping...

Farmers fear petrol price hike will flow on to farm gate costs and are calling for increase to diesel rebate - weeklytimesnow.com.au

National Farmers’ Federation chief executive Matt Linnegar today urged the government not to lift the fuel excise, without a complementary increase in...

Farmers seeking transparency and equality in food chain following allegations of supermarket tactics - weeklytimesnow.com.au

The National Farmers’ Federation will again push for a supply chain where “farmers, processors and retailers can make a profit with no misuse of market...

April 2014

Alarm over diesel rebate speculation - theland.com.au

Today, the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) said it had “serious concerns” about speculation of proposed cuts to the current rebate that allows...

Diesel rebate debate continues - weeklytimesnow.com.au

National Farmers’ Federation president Brent Finlay said that given the substantial benefits the agriculture industry provided to the economy, what the...

Align ag policies: NFF - google.com.au

THE National Farmers' Federation has urged the federal government to align its Agricultural White Paper’s policy priorities and direction, with those...

Honey bees face a not-so-sweet threat - theaustralian.com.au

The National Farmers Federation said the Varroa destructor mite, which was located recently in Papua New Guinea, was the bee industry equivalent of foot-and-mouth...

Team approach needed on Trade - theaustralian.com.au

For instance, the president of the National Farmers Federation, Brent Finlay, said on Tuesday: “We recognise the historical significance of the agreement....

Farmers split on benefits of Japan-Australia free trade deal - smh.com.au

The National Farmers’ Federation said the historic agreement, struck on Monday night Australian time after seven years of negotiation, fell short of...

Supermarket push for code - weeklytimesnow.com.au

The National Farmers' Federation has been invited to join a committee investigating the regulatory reform of supermarkets.

March 2014

Beef, dairy FTA warnings - farmweekly.com.au

THE National Farmers' Federation (NFF) remains on red alert against potential 'carve outs' in free trade agreements (FTAs) which could disadvantage future...

Farmers, environmentalists adopt unity ticket to rally for ‘new decade’ of support for Landcare - weeklytimesnow.com.au

Founding partners of the Landcare movement — the Australian Conservation Foundation and the National Farmers Federation — want governments at all levels,...

Renewed Landcare push - theland.com.au

THE national Landcare movement was born in 1989 from a desire to move beyond bitter battles between traditional farming and environmental rivals, to strike...

Landcare celebrates 25 years - abc.net.au

The National Farmers Federation and the Australian Conservation Foundation called for a 'new decade of action' on Landcare, at a ceremonial tree planting...

Push to cut beef tariffs to Japan in half for FTA - theaustralian.com.au

The National Farmers Federation yesterday warned the government farmers would only accept a trade agreement that was beneficial for the entire sector.

Farmers want fair deal from Japan FTA - au.news.yahoo.com

Australia's peak farming body is urging the federal government not to be pressured by Japan's powerful agricultural lobby as it enters the final stage...

Hopes tax will be abolished - westernmagazine.com.au

The National Farmers Federation (NFF) are still hopeful the Australian government will repeal the carbon tax, especially since the carbon tax was never...

Optimism for China FTA - theland.com.au

THE National Farmers Federation (NFF) has welcomed efforts to ramp up trade negotiations with China to potentially conclude a Free Trade Agreement (FTA)...

Farms, unis welcome FTA with Chinese - theaustralian.com.au

Mr Finlay said yesterday news that Chinese Premier Li Keqiang had raised the prospect of a free trade deal with Australia being finalised soon would be...

NFF issues budget demands - theland.com.au

THE National Farmers' Federation (NFF) is warning the federal government against cutting funding to critical sectors like agriculture, which help fuel...

February 2014

Focus turns to long-term policy - theland.com.au

THE federal government’s $320 million drought assistance package has been broadly welcomed by farm groups but they remain concerned about a long-term...

Our farmers carry their own weight - afr.com

Australia’s absolute and comparative advantage in agriculture is clearly demonstrated by the fact government support to producers is the lowest in the...

Q&A with NFF's Brent Finlay - queenslandcountrylife.com.au

BRENT Finlay, the new president of the National Farmers' Federation, was the guest speaker at the Rural Press Club luncheon in Brisbane last Friday. As...

Tony Abbott dismisses link between drought and climate change - theguardian.com

The National Farmers’ Federation is pushing for reforms to the farm management deposits scheme to allow farmers to access deposits made within the last...

Without foreign investment, rural Australia will buy the farm - crikey.com.au

For the last two years I’ve worked with the National Farmers’ Federation to develop and write the Blueprint for Australian Agriculture 2013-2020. It...

Farmers big winners from Korea deal - watoday.com.au

The National Farmers Federation welcomed the deal, but acknowledged not everyone had lucked out.

NFF says government assistance just part of the solution - abc.net.au

The National Farmers' Federation (NFF) believes there is a compelling argument for special consideration this time, but others question whether rescue...

Never rains, but pours on drought tour - farmweekly.com.au

AS PRIME Minister Tony Abbott and Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce were greeted by heavy rains on their weekend drought tour, National Farmers...

National Farmers' Federation urges Federal Government not to allow tariff exceptions for rice, sugar and wheat - weeklytimesnow.com.au

Australia's peak agricultural body believes "a dangerous precedent" could be set for other countries seeking to join the TPP agreement if exceptions were...

PM's drought tour 'a good start' - stockjournal.com.au

THE Prime Minister’s planned tour of drought-hit regions in NSW and Queensland this weekend has been welcomed by National Farmers' Federation (NFF) president...

Drought-hit farmers seek finance - heraldsun.com.au

The National Farmers Federation is seeking help to alleviate pressure on debt-laden and drought-affected farmers in parts of Queensland, NSW, South Australia...

National Farmers Federation calls for Newstart-style payment to aid drought-hit workers - abc.net.au

The peak national body representing farmers is calling on the Federal Government to consider a Newstart-style payment to keep agricultural workers from...

NFF's drought assistance plan - queenslandcountrylife.com.au

THE National Farmers Federation (NFF) is calling for a “significant increase” to the federal government’s $420 million Farm Finance Package (FFP)...

Wages, loans part of drought-stricken farmers' demands as matter of priority - theaustralian.com.au

Subsidised wages and greater access to low-interest loans are among a list of demands from the National Farmers Federations as it seeks immediate assistance...

Desperate times: drought-aid plans brought forward - theaustralian.com.au

National Farmers Federation president Brent Finlay said while his members would welcome bringing forward that aspect of the 2014-15 drought package, more...

Trade pact key to beat SPC angst - theaustralian.com.au

CLINCHING new trade deals to expand markets is a key solution following the government's rejection of a $25 million bailout package for SPC Ardmona, National...

January 2014

Agreement against ACCC price setting powers - abc.net.au

The National Farmers' Federation says it wants to make sure farmers are receiving a fair price for their produce, but giving the ACCC power to set prices...

Roads need repair: farmers federation - wellingtontimes.com.au

A new report, released this week by Infrastructure Australia, has confirmed what the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) has long said: that in order...

What are the big issues in ag employment? - farmweekly.com.au

The National Farmers Federation (NFF) is urging farmers to fill out a new online survey it says will provide valuable data on key employment issues in...

Why Australians should support farmers during drought: NFF - beefcentral.com

A recent editorial on drought assistance (Australian Financial Review 17 Jan 2014 “Don’t subsidise low rainfall”) raised the valid question –...

Drought relief is realistic public policy - m.afr.com

The AFR's editorial on drought assistance raised the valid question - should Australians support farmers during drought? In short, the answer has to be...

Drought policy leaves farmers high and dry - afr.com

Once or twice in a lifetime, most farmers encounter a drought that cannot be prepared for. But there is no certainty on aid policy after six years of review.

Free trade agreement gets thumbs up - ruralweekly.com.au

National Farmers Federation president Brent Finlay said the deal recognised agriculture as one of the nation's export strengths and would open opportunities...

Big dry returns as paddocks become boneyards and rain brings torment, not relief. - theaustralian.com.au

Beef and sheep producer Brent Finlay, on Queensland's southern downs, says many of Queensland and NSW's farmers had endured two years without decent rain...

Big year gets underway for Australia's family farmers - ruralweekly.com.au

NFF president Brent Finlay, a family farmer from south east Queensland, said family farms remained the heart and soul of agriculture in Australia.

Celebrating Family Farming - theland.com.au

It’s official – 2014 is here and so is the International Year of Family Farming.

Chemical draft welcomed - theland.com.au

THE farming and crop production sector has welcomed the federal government's move to put up draft legislation to water down the previous Labor government’s...

Family farms feed Australia and play crucial economic role - weeklytimesnow.com.au

Today, as we hail the start of the New Year, I encourage all Australians to join with us to celebrate the International Year of Family Farming.

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