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Tuesday 18 September, 2012

Prime Minister & Opposition Leader headline NFF Congress

Australia's Prime Minister, the Hon. Julia Gillard, and Opposition Leader, the Hon. Tony Abbott, will address the NFF's 2012 National Congress in Canberra next month on the state of Australian agriculture.

The focus of the Congress is the food and fibre boom and the opportunities ahead for Australia. The Prime Minister has herself said that there is the potential for a new golden era of Australian agriculture, given the rise of Asia. But the NFF believes that in order to make this a reality, we need to see Government policy that enables agriculture to build and secure its position.

At Congress, the Prime Minister and Mr Abbott will speak about the role ahead for agriculture and the policies needed to ensure a strong future: and attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of them both.

The Congress is taking place at the AIS Arena in Canberra on Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 October. A special discounted rate is available for farmers who are members of NFF members. For more information, read our release and to register, visit the Congress website.

Pork joins the nFF Family

The NFF has welcomed Australian Pork Limited (APL) to the national decision-making table this fortnight, announcing that APL has joined the national peak farm lobby as a commodity council member.

APL is the peak representative body for Australian pork producers: a producer-owned organisation that supports and promotes the Australian pork industry, delivers services to pork producers, grows opportunities for the pork industry through marketing, innovation and policy development, and represents the industry on both the domestic and international fronts.

The Australian pork industry is a vitally important agricultural industry, employing more than 20,000 people in Australia and contributing $2.8 billion in gross domestic product to the economy. For more, read our release or visit the APL website.

Spring is here: so too, the Sept Agri-Loan Monitor

The September Agribusiness Loan Monitor has been released by the NFF this week, showing that agricultural interest rates have again held firm, in line with the RBA's decision to hold rates at 3.5 percent for the third consecutive month.

Only one bank moved its agricultural business rates during the last month, according to the Monitor, with ANZ increasing its business loan variable rate by 0.02 percent.

The results will come as no surprise to farmers, as its unlikely the banks will now move rates much until the next RBA cut, widely predicted for November. And while interest rates and associated financial market movements, like fluctuations in commodity markets, can underpin confidence in the agricultural sector, it's the role local weather conditions play at this time of the year that generates production and revenue that drives the on-farm returns.

With farmers experiencing very different starts to spring across the country, fingers are crossed for positive seasonal conditions ahead. For more, view the NFF's September Agribusiness Loan Monitor here.

Today at NFF...

> NFF commends 20 million drums!
As a proud member of AgStewardship Australia, the NFF congratulates drumMUSTER - and Australian farmers - on the milestone of collecting 20 million chemical containers. A ceremony to mark the 20th million drum was held at the Henty Machinery Field Day in NSW today. For more, visit the drumMUSTER website.

> Agricultural Biotechnology Council of Australia launch
The NFF attended the launch of another organisation we're proudly involved with - the Agricultural Biotechnology Council of Australia (ABCA) - at Parliament House today. Formerly Agrifood Awareness Australia, the ABCA aims to raise awareness of technology and innovation in food and fibre production. The launch took place, fittingly, during Science meets Parliament Week. For more, visit the ABCA website.

> Jock attends National Centre for Farmer Health conference
Following on from last week's RUOK? Day, NFF President Jock Laurie is today speaking at the National Centre for Farmer Health Conference in VIC on a topic he is passionate about: ensuring positive mental health for Australian farmers. For more, visit the Centre's website.

The NFF AGvocate
Issue 25.

In this issue

Prime Minister & Opposition Leader headline NFF Congress

Pork joins the nFF Family

Spring is here: so too, the Sept Agri-Loan Monitor

Today at NFF...

NFF commends 20 million drums!

Agricultural Biotechnology Council of Australia launch

Jock attends National Centre for Farmer Health conference

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