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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2015
YEARBOOK2015 CATTLE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA 66 In a genuine move to more effective national farm advocacy, the NFF family has moved closer to a unified platform to amplify the farmer voice on the issues that matter most. Priorities for 2015-16 The year ahead is shaping up to be action-packed for the farm sector, with many initiatives well underway. Aligned with our strategy to unify the farmer voice, the NFF will unveil a cutting-edge online platform to connect rural and regional Australia in 2016. This platform will benefit all Australian farmers, and will enable farmers to more effectively and efficiently manage farm operations, and significantly improve farm gate returns. We will continue to work with Meat & Livestock Australia and the affiliated peak bodies to expand the True Aussie brand to other agricultural commodities. Successful uptake of the True Aussie brand offers the opportunity for all commodities to reinforce their position as world-leaders in quality and safety, driving premium prices in export markets and increasing farm profitability. Underpinning all of this, the NFF will continue to work with its Members on policy-development and advocacy across all areas of national agricultural policy, including infrastructure, natural resources, telecommunications, trade and market access and workforce productivity. BRENT FINLAY National Farmers’ Federation The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) is the peak national body representing farmers and more broadly, agriculture across Australia. Since its inception in 1979, the NFF has earned a reputation as a leader in the development and achievement of policy outcomes, championing issues affecting farmers and helping to advance Australian agriculture. Members of the NFF include state farm organisations, commodity councils – such as the Cattle Council of Australia – and other affiliate members to represent the interests of the agricultural sector at the national level. The Year in Review 2014-15 was a significant year for the NFF. Key achievements included: The Federal Government successfully delivered a trifecta of trade agreements with China, Japan and Korea, eliminating tariffs on red meat, dairy, horticulture, grains and more. NFF and its Members provided crucial support during these long and often difficult negotiations. With measures totalling more than $4 billion, the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, launched in July, delivered on a number of NFF priorities, including trade and market access, infrastructure, R&D, drought management and a stronger business environment. This built on progress made in the Northern Australia White Paper, which saw considerable expansion of migration programs to boost on-farm productivity. Over the year, the NFF’s policy and advocacy efforts secured considerable funding for a range of vital areas across agriculture, including $100 million for R&D, immediate access to farm tax concessions, $2 million for the Ag in Education programme and millions of dollars for drought assistance. Over the year, the NFF's policy and advocacy efforts secured considerable funding for a range of vital areas.