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Welcome to the NFF’s Weekly Wrap, bringing you the week’s farming and political news each Friday.
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Register now for AgDay 2020!
There is less than a month to go until Australia celebrates National Agriculture Day (AgDay), on Friday 20 November. #AgDayAU is a day dedicated to celebrating Australian food and fibre and the farmers behind it. Celebrate by holding a ‘Long Table Lunch’, joining the #AgDayAU Bake Off or by simply sporting an 'I Love Farmers' t-shirt. To find out more and to register to receive an #AgDayAU pack visit agday.org.au.
1000s of farm jobs on offer
School leavers, uni students, grey nomads and job seekers are all urged to consider the 1000s of jobs on offer on Australian farms right now. With the peak picking and harvest season well underway, farmers urgently need workers to fill the gap created by COVID-19 travel restrictions. There are great cash incentives available, including $6k grants for Australian workers who head to the regions for farm work, as announced in this year's Federal Budget. Check out FarmHub for links to farm job listings.  

Crop production on track despite recent rainfall
During the past 10 days, growers in New South Wales and southern Queensland have experienced widespread rainfall and storm conditions, including hail. The conditions have damaged some crops and caused a headache for growers who have started harvest or are baling hay. Despite the set back, the rain is most certainly welcomed and Australia remains on track for an above-average winter crop with GrainCorp’s most recent harvest update signaling a bumper harvest.
nbn launches new innovation grants program
The nbn and Regional Australia Institute have joined forces to bring to life the 'Innovate with nbn™’ grants program'. The program gives businesses across seven separate categories, including agriculture, the opportunity to win a share of $95,000 in funding to support the development of innovative and digitally-led ideas.
 
 
Weekly insight
Cheers! Aussie wine remains on top
Despite the disruption of wine exports, the latest Export Report from Wine Australia shows that steady demand for Australian wine has remained with exports overall value now pushing $3 billion. The overall value is at its highest level since exports reached $3 billion in the second half of 2007…
Source: Wine Australia, 2020
 
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Briefing
Government must stay strong in EU negotiations

Australia’s agriculture sector has expressed its concern over recent Federal Government action that seems to suggest Australia is prepared to accept unreasonable demands from the European Union (EU) and impose additional regulations on Australian farmers.

The Federal Government has initiated consultations seeking feedback on the changes to Australia’s regulation that could potentially accommodate the EU’s request to extend its protections of Geographical Indications (GIs) to Australia.

These GI protections essentially forbid Australian producers from using generic terms such as feta, brie and scotch beef when selling their products.

Under such protections, the names of these common foods will be restricted to European farmers only.

The consultation has come as great concern to Australian farmers and the wider agriculture sector as many are already suffering as a result of international political tensions with other major trading partners.

As the largest exporter of agri-food products in the world, Europe provides a unique opportunity for Australian farmers but concerns remain over the EU's protectionism from international competition.

Negotiations with the EU has been an ongoing agenda item for Australia's agriculture sector with a delegation representing Australia’s key agriculture sectors meeting with the Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack and Minister for Trade, Simon Birmingham to voice their concerns about Australia’s trade dealings with the EU earlier this year.

And while the Government remains committed in its position that it will make no commitment to accepting the EU’s demands, having explicitly stated as such on the consultation paper, industry has sent a strong warning to Government.

The Government must put the interests of our farmers and food processors first and any attempt from the EU to dictate Australian regulations must be resisted.


Quote of the week
“We'll stamp the visas but it's now up to the states to adopt the National Ag Workers Code and to approve quarantine arrangements for seasonal and pacific workers."

- MINISTER FOR AGRICULTURE, THE HON. DAVID LITTLEPROUD MP.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sent by the National Farmers' Federation, NFF House, 14-16 Brisbane Avenue, Barton ACT 2600
 
 


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