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Farmers feel the brunt of flooding rains

Torrential rainfall across much of Australia's east coast this week, resulted in livestock loss; pasture and infrastructure inundation and isolation for some farmers. A range of assistance measures are now available for individuals, farm businesses and communities impacted and can be accessed via FarmHub here.


Agriculture's female leaders converge on Canberra

The NFF's 2020 Diversity in Agriculture Leadership graduates this week visited Canberra following the completion of their mentoring program last year. The women met with a range of politicians, challenging our elected representatives on their response to the gender issues besieging politics. Applications for the 2021 Program are now open. The NFF has a goal to double the number of women in the sector’s leadership by 2030.


Highly anticipated water market report out today

The ACCC has today released its final report into Murray-Darling Basin Plan after it was directed to conduct an inquiry into tradeable water rights. The report outlines 29 recommendations in total and stresses the need for comprehensive and focused reform of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan's water markets.


Action needed to ensure the safety of farm workers

In response to a disturbing report out yesterday related to the alleged sexual harassment of female backpackers on a Queensland farm, the NFF issued a strong call for industry and government to do more to protect the safety of farm workers.




Briefing

Safer farms, safer farmers


A foreword from Farmsafe Chair Charles Armstrong and Executive Officer Stevi Howdle from the 'National Farm Safety Education Fund Strategy' report.


Farmsafe Australia is committed to making Australian farms safer places to live and work.


Farms are dangerous workplaces with geographically hard-to-reach audiences, who can be resistant to traditional safety messages. However, farmers are equally innovative and resilient. To cut-through and change behavior requires a deep understanding of the audiences we are trying to reach and engage with.


Farmsafe Australia has been asked to develop a robust, actionable strategy that provides the Minister for Agriculture and the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment the insights required to deliver a National Farm Safety Education Fund that improves on farm safety and achieves ambitious targets.


Consultation has been ongoing in the background for the past six months, gathering information through phone calls and emails as well as face to face meetings where possible with farmers, researchers, safety professionals, industry representatives, educators, agribusiness representatives and others, to seek guidance on the direction this strategy should take.


In October of 2020, Farmsafe engaged Redhanded, a communications agency who was tasked with further investigating the common themes that were occurring in Farmsafe conversations.


Personal interviews were conducted (sample was split to ensure national cross-sectoral representation as well as commodity specific representation) to dig deeper into farming attitudes on farm safety policies, programs and behavioural change techniques, and to gain a solid understanding of where government investment would be best placed to drive a reduction in on-farm injury and fatality.


The result is a roadmap that guides us towards a much more sustainable future for Australian agriculture as it focusses on our farms most precious resources; our people.


Collaboration is a core tenet of this strategy and there are significant opportunities for engagement and involvement as we head towards 2030.


As an industry, we must drive the improvement of our safety culture and best management practices with strong and inspired leadership.


Safer Farms, Safer Farmers - that’s a commitment we all need to make.




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Quote of the Week


"The majority of farmers act in accordance with the law and workers and farmers enjoy a positive partnership in getting food and fibre from farm to market. However, one instance of mistreatment or harassment is one too many."


-NFF CEO Tony Mahar



  • March 26, 2021
Sam Houston
 

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