A delegation of farmers and growers are travelling to Canberra to bring the realities of the ongoing backpacker tax uncertainty to MPs and Senators, the Chief Executive Officer of the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF), Tony Mahar said recently.
Forecasts for commodity production and prices are largely unchanged in the October Rural Commodities Wrap from National Australia Bank (NAB) Agribusiness, with wet spring conditions currently the major consideration for Australian agriculture.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission report into the competition and fair trading issues facing the horticulture and viticulture industries has identified a number of areas of concern, particularly about the Horticulture Code of Conduct.
The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF), in conjunction with the Japanese agricultural organisation JA Zenchu, has announced the two organisations will work collaboratively towards developing a partnership to foster and promote agricultural innovation.
High prices and a bumper spring for pasture growth have created a potent mix for a longer term positive outlook for Australia’s sheep industry, according to Rural Bank and Rural Finance’s 2016 Australian Sheep Update.
The trend toward convenience is continuing to take hold in the fresh produce sector, with new research showing that having vegetables washed and cleaned ready for use is one of the three most important factors for Australian shoppers.