WHAT NSW FARMERS
HAS ACHIEVED:
  • Protected access to the diesel fuel rebate
  • Significant NSW Government drought support, resulting in more concessional loans, waivers for LLS rates, Western lands rates, water standing charges and of drought transport subsidies
  • Increased funding for biosecurity to keep exotic plant pests and diseases out of our grains sector
  • Simplified administration and expand movements of oversize, over-mass vehicle movements across and within state borders.
WHERE NSW FARMERS
IS GOING NEXT:
  • Developing new markets for grain producers to capture demand for plantbased proteins
  • Lobbying for a biosecurity system that’s sustainable and shares costs across governments and industry
  • Ensuring improved internet coverage to take advantage of new technology driving efficiency and profitability
  • Working with governments and industry to deliver benefits to grain growers through the Fixing Country Rail program.
WHAT NSW FARMERS IS
WORKING ON:
  • A $2 million study on farm income production insurance, funded by the NSW Government and delivered by the National Farmers Federation
  • Review of training requirements for pesticides users by the Environment Protection Authority
  • Ensuring Inland Rail delivers benefits to local communities and strengthening landholder rights
  • Delivery of the NSW Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program
  • Supporting the Port of Newcastle container terminal.

A MESSAGE FROM THE NSW FARMERS
GRAINS COMMITTEE CHAIR

NSW Farmers is working for their members to achieve outcomes that matter to them. Having a grassroots structure means your issues will be heard. A lot of agricultural policies farmers and stakeholders now take for granted may not have come about were it not for the efforts of members and staff of NSW Farmers.

As well as advocacy information and education, the regional services manager network is able to keep members abreast of current topics and are able to call on NSWFA resources to answer specific questions.

It is important that for NSW Farmers to continue to represent the interests of farmers and stakeholders they have a strong membership base to ensure they have both the resources and collective input to achieve these goals.

As the chair of the Grains Committee, my priorities are to lobby for reduced supply chain costs and ensure farmers can benefit from increased competition. Right to farm is critical for our members, so we’re making sure you can operate your business effectively; we are at the forefront of advocacy to access new and existing chemistry, including glyphosate. NSW Farmers is also leading the national conversation around insurance models to help with long term funding proposals.

We are stronger together. The more members we have, the more powerful we become.

Matthew Madden