Fighting for our farmers' future

Thursday 18 April 2013

New President for NFF

The NFF has a new President - Duncan Fraser - after former President Jock Laurie stepped down from the top job to run for preselection for the National Party in the NSW seat of Northern Tablelands.

Mr Fraser, a wool, sheepmeat, rice and wheat farmer from near Hay in the western Riverina district of NSW, was the NFF Vice-President, and under the constitution, becomes President until the next NFF AGM in November 2013.

The NFF has also appointed a new Vice-President, with QLD sheepmeat, wool and beef producer Brent Finlay stepping into the role.

The NFF thanks Mr Laurie for his outstanding contribution to the NFF and tireless advocacy on behalf of Australia's farmers, and welcomes Mr Fraser and Mr Finlay to their new positions.

Pictured, NFF's new President Duncan Fraser with Prime Minister the Hon. Julia Gillard MP, at last year's NFF Congress in Canberra. Photo courtesy Colin Bettles, Fairfax Agricultural Media

World Farmers Organisation: Japan

NFF President Duncan Fraser, CEO Matt Linnegar and GM Policy Tony Mahar have this week attended a meeting of the World Farmers Organisation (WFO), the peak international representative body for farmers, in Japan, to discuss trade policy, climate change, women in agriculture and food security.

While in Japan, the NFF delegation, along with representatives of MLA, GrainGrowers Ltd and Australian Dairy Farmers Ltd, met with key members of the Japanese Parliament and farming organisation JA Zenchu.

The meetings were organised in conjunction with the Australia-Japan Foundation, with a focus on improving understanding of the shared challenges and opportunities for agriculture in both countries. In addition, the finalisation of the Australia-Japan FTA was one of the key items discussed.

NFF at Global Food Forum

NFF President Duncan Fraser has today addressed The Australian's Global Food Forum in Melbourne.

Following on from the NFF's National Congress in October 2012, titled 'the Food and Fibre Boom: from Grassroots to Global,' The Australian's conference focuses on food security and explores the potential for agriculture to become Australia's next great economic boom.

Duncan Fraser spoke this morning as part of a panel on the topic: the challenges and opportunities for primary producers at the farm gate.

Countdown to the Budget

With less than a month to go until the Federal Government releases its 2013-14 Budget, the NFF is increasing its call for the Government to reprioritise agriculture in the national agenda.

What we are asking for in this year's Budget is consideration of, and funding for, sensible Government policies that take into consideration the long-term vision required to build a strong and sustainable farming sector.

The NFF Budget submission focuses on funding in four key areas:

  • Farm business and productivity (including an increase in the Federal Government spend on agriculture research and development (reaching 3.5 percent of the total commitment to R&D by 2015).
  • Education and training (including continued support for the Primary Industries Education Foundation and Rural Skills Australia)
  • Natural resource management (including a commitment to limit further buyback of water entitlements under the Murray-Darling Basin Plan)
  • Government-led initiatives (including a commitment to resource and implement the National Food Plan, build opportunities for agriculture through the Asian Century White Paper and improve policy and program capacity within DAFF).

The Federal Budget will be released on Tuesday 14 May.

The NFF AGvocate
Issue 34

In this issue

New President for NFF

World Farmers Organisation: Japan

NFF at Global Food Forum

Countdown to the Budget

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