Advocacy

With the objective of connecting youth in agriculture, Future Farmers Network also recognises its role in acting on behalf of all its members as the collective voice of agriculture’s future. FFN’s membership of the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) and the World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO) ensures that we have the ability to advocate for youth in Australian agriculture and agribusiness on the national and international stage.

National Farmers Federation

The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) is the peak national body representing farmers and agriculture across Australia. As a member of NFF we represent and communicate the voice of the young farmers.  We work with the FFN community of young farmers to develop innovative and forward-looking solutions to the issues affecting young people in agriculture, striving to meet current and emerging challenges facing the future generations.

As the national voice we attend the the Members’ Council Meetings, NFF’s supreme consultative forum, and sit on a number of NFF  Committees and Taskforces, to provide high-level detail and advice on a range of policies and issues significant to Australian agriculture.

To view the latest Advocacy Reports:

March 2016
NFF Members Council Report.pdf

April 2016
NFF Supports New Labeling Laws

April 2016
2016 Federal Budget Submission

Agriculture Competitiveness

Following the release of the Agricultural Competitiveness Green Paper by Federal Agricultural Minister Barnaby Joyce, FFN made a “Green Paper submission” in December 2014. With the Australian Government’s commission of a White Paper to boost agriculture’s productivity and profitability, FFN provided its feedback and suggestions on what is the best way forward in achieving, “a better return at the farm gate.” (Australian Government, 2014)

To view the Green Paper or to find out more about the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper click HERE.

Young Carbon Farmers

A key example of FFN’s advocacy has been its recent Young Carbon Farmers (YCF) project. As part of the Commonwealth Government’s Carbon Farming Futures Program, FFN’s YCF project responds to the existing Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI), and addition of further policies, including the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF).

Together with rural communications specialists Sefton & Associates and funding from the Australian Government, FFN placed its support behind the YCF project as a means of educating the next generation of farmers and agriculture professionals on the practical ways they can integrate and implement strategies to reduce carbon emissions and improve sustainability and profitability through better land management.

As part of a national series of activities, including webinars and field day events, FFN in partnership with Sefton & Associates has been responsible for coordinating two ‘Carbon Bus’ tours. FFN and Sefton & Associates are currently in the process of preparing their final report on the Young Carbon Farmers (YCF) project but be sure to visit HERE, to access our virtual resources, including webinars, presentations and footage from the ‘Carbon Bus’ tours.