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.
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.
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.
The Federal Budget will be released on Tuesday 14 May.
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