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Nominations open for new VFF Committees

The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) is excited to open nominations for its newly formed policy committees; Farming Systems, Infrastructure and Transport, and Workforce and Social Infrastructure. VFF Returning Officer, Jane Lovell said that the new committees had been formed to…

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Victorian egg farmers rally for those most in need

Victorian egg farmers have begun donating pallets of local eggs to help feed thousands of in need Victorians as part of Foodbank Victoria’s ongoing efforts to distribute much needed emergency food relief associated with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.…

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Seasonal worker extension welcomed

The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) welcomes the Victorian Government’s extension of the Seasonal Worker Programme and Pacific Labour Scheme and says it’s a small step towards filling the more than 24,000 workers needed for the upcoming peak season. VFF President…

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Buyer demand for sustainable malting barley grows

The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) says barley growers need to be aware of their obligations when selling ISCC certified sustainable malting barley as demand increases from buyers. VFF Grains Group President Ashley Fraser said there are a number of important…

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Farmers to bear the costs of camping decision

The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) has said today that the disrespect continues as farmers are shut out of the camping site assessment process and will ultimately pay the price as a result. VFF President Emma Germano said that while farmers…

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Wimmera road train announcement a game changer for farmers

The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) says after years of lobbying, the establishment of a permitted road train network on key arterial roads throughout the Wimmera is a huge win for farmers. VFF Grains Group President Ashley Fraser said the establishment…

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Floodplain harvesting a risk for Victorian irrigators

The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) has outlined the risk for Victorian irrigators arising fromfloodplain harvesting in the NSW Northern Murray Darling Basin. In a submission to the NSW Parliament’ Legislative Council Select Committee on FloodplainHarvesting, VFF Water Council Chair Andrew…

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Prolonged farm labour gaps is no ‘fantasy’

The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) says decision makers need to stop passing the buck on their responsibilities for quarantining overseas seasonal workers and offer real solutions to fill the projected 24,000 vacant positions on farms across Australia in coming months.…

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Ag Visa promises to solve crippling farm labour headache

The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) says today’s announcement by the Federal Government to deliver a dedicated Agriculture specific Visa (Ag Visa) is the culmination of years of advocacy and has the potential to help solve Victoria’s crippling workforce labour issues.…

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St John Defibrillator Winners Announced

Victorian agricultural communities will be supported with lifesaving defibrillators thanks to the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) and St John Ambulance. VFF President Emma Germano today announced that seven St John defibrillators will be delivered for use in remote communities across…

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VFF reveals framework for the future

The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) has revealed its Strategic Plan for 2021-2026 and its vision to enable a secure farming future for Victorians and generations to come. VFF President Emma Germano said the outline to evolve and modernise the VFF…

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Step forward on camping regulations

The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) is pleased the Victorian Government has announced camping will only take place on suitable sites ahead of the impending camping regulations, but says the detail of the rules must be revealed. VFF President Emma Germano…

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