Early registrations open for NFF congress

Beef Central, 29/08/2014

Early bird registrations are now open for the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) 2014 National Congress, to be held in Canberra on Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 October 2014.

The Congress is one of the Australian agricultural industry’s largest gatherings, bringing together over 350 representatives from government, industry and the wider agricultural supply chain to look at agriculture from a grass-roots to global perspective.

NFF President Brent Finlay said this year’s theme ‘Producing Our Future’ was timely, given the Federal Government’s commitment to make the industry more globally competitive.

“Australian agriculture faces great opportunity, and it’s up to us, as a sector, to seize it,” said Mr Finlay.

“The world population is growing rapidly, and while Australia cannot feed this population on its own, it can certainly provide a quality, safe, and sustainable source of food and fibre for overseas markets.

“At the same time, we must tackle the critical issues at home. These include increasing productivity, improving farm-gate profitability and building stronger relationships with the community.

“The question we’ll be asking at this year’s Congress is: how do we meet these challenges at home, to grasp the opportunities abroad? This year’s Congress is about challenging the norms and encouraging the sector to look outward when thinking about future growth.

“Congress will look at the major issues affecting Australian agriculture, farmers and the wider supply chain, everything from competition for natural resources, leadership in agriculture, the next generation of farmers and trends impacting on global supply and demand, from both a policy level and a practical, on-farm level.

“We want farmers to walk away from Congress with a clear vision for the future and an understanding of what government policy settings mean for their farm businesses,” said Mr Finlay.

This year’s program will comprise of networking events, keynote addresses, interviews and panel discussions. Early bird registrations for Congress close on 5 September 2014 and all within the agricultural sector are invited to attend – with a special discounted rate for farmers who are members of NFF member bodies.

The NFF 2014 National Congress will be held at the Australian Institute of Sport Arena, Canberra on Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 October, 2014. For more information or to register, visit the Congress website: www.congress.nff.org.au.


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