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Australian Farm Associations

Do you know how farming is governed around Australia?

Agriculture is one of the five major pillars making up Australia's economy and it is estimated that there are approximately 130,000 farms Australia wide. Majority of farms in Australia are still family owned businesses and there are some farms that have been passed down in the family for generations. From this page you will learn that farming is an extremely diverse industry and there are multiple farm Associations and Councils that govern it at a National, State and Regional level. This page is continually being updated as more and more associations are added to the page. Please note that the information on this page is provided for you convenience and education only.    

 


 

National Associations

 NATIONAL FARMERS FEDERATION (NFF) 

The National Farmers' Federation is the peak national body representing farmers and, more broadly, agriculture across Australia. It is one of Australia's foremost and respected advocacy organisations.

The NFF’s membership comprises all of Australia’s major agricultural commodities. Operating under a federated structure, individual farmers join their respective state farmer organisation and/or national commodity council. These organisations collectively join the NFF.

The NFF is dedicated to proactively generating greater understanding and awareness of farming’s modern role, contribution and value to the entire community.

CONNECT WITH US AT:

www.nff.org.au

 

CATTLE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA

The Cattle Council of Australia is the peak producer organisation representing Australia's beef cattle producers. The Cattle Council of Australia was established in July 1979, bringing together for the first time all farmer organisations whose members had beef cattle enterprises.

The Council represents and progresses the interests of Australian beef cattle producers through wide and regular consultation with, and policy advice to, key industry organisations, relevant Federal Government Departments and other bodies regarding issues of national and international importance.

Any beef producer in Australia can become a member of the Cattle Council of Australia. Membership is $100 + GST per individual (for those already members of a State Farming Organisation, the membership fee is waived). Any organisation representing the interests of Australia's beef cattle producers is entitled to apply for membership to Cattle Council.

CONNECT WITH US AT:     
www.cattlecouncil.com.au

 

  RICEGROWERS' ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA

The Ricegrowers' Association of Australia Inc. (RGA) represents more than 1500 voluntary members, and supports growers on issues affecting the viability of their business and communities.

RGA represents the interests of rice growers, and provide services to members, to ensure they can provide a legacy for their children, create employment in their districts and grow quality rice.

Today, the RGA’s role involves:           

  • Developing and implementing policy for the rice industry which is in the growers’ best interests.
  • Representing the interests of rice growers to federal, state and local governments, as well as farm lobby groups, SunRice and the community in general.
  • Servicing the specific needs of individual members.

CONNECT WITH US AT:            
www.rga.org.au

   
        

AUSTRALIAN PORK LTD (APL)

APL is a unique rural industry service body for the Australian pork industry. It is a producer-owned company delivering integrated services that enhance the viability of Australia’s pig producers. The organisation aims to enhance opportunities for the sustainable growth of the Australian pork industry by delivering integrated marketing, innovation and policy services along the pork industry supply chain. APL pursues opportunities for the industry at both the domestic and international level.

CONNECT WITH US AT: 

Consumer Website www.pork.com.au

Foodservice Website www.porkstar.com.au

Butcher Website www.porkbutchers.com.au

 

 

AUSTRALIAN ALPACA ASSOCIATION (AAA)

The Australian Alpaca Association is the peak body representing the Australian alpaca industry. It supports growth, leadership, sustainability, excellence & innovation in agriculture.  Australian alpaca farmers produce alpaca fleece & fleece products including yarns, duvets, knitwear and other finished fibre goods.  Healthy, gourmet alpaca meat is also produced, and Australian alpaca farmers are also proud to be global industry leaders in breeding many of the finest stud alpaca in the world - in constant demand for industry development in Australia and for export.  Alpaca are also increasingly sought by other livestocking industries for their effectiveness as herd guardians.

CONNECT WITH US AT:    

www.alpaca.asn.au

   

COTTON AUSTRALIA

Cotton Australia is the peak representative body for the Australian cotton growing industry, led by a Board of nine cotton growers and ginners. Established in 1972 (as the Australian Cotton Foundation) Cotton Australia merged with the Australian Cotton Growers Research Association in 2008 to provide a united voice for cotton growers across research, stewardship, natural resource management and cotton production issues.

CONNECT WITH US AT:    

www.cottonaustralia.com.au

   
   

 


 

State Associations

 

 

VEGETABLES WA             

 

VegetablesWA has been the peak industry body representing vegetable growers in Western Australia for over 60 years. Our purpose is to assist growers, industry and government to maintain a profitable and sustainable vegetable industry.    

   

CONNECT WITH US AT:

www.vegetableswa.com.au                                       

   

 

PASTORALISTS & GRAZIERS ASSOCIATION OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA (PGA)

PGA Mission Statement: "To ensure the prosperity and long term viability of members, the agricultural and associated industries, by providing an effective voice statewide and federally through a financially sound, efficient, free enterprise organisation with strong leadership."

CONNECT WITH US AT:

www.pgaofwa.org.au

 

QUEENSLAND FARMERS FEDERATION (QFF)

‘The Queensland Farmers’ Federation is the united voice of intensive agriculture in Queensland. It is a federation that represents the interests of 17 of Queensland’s peak rural industry organisations, which in turn collectively represent more than 13,000 primary producers across Queensland.’

 

CONNECT WITH US AT:           

www.qff.org.au

   

 

NSW FARMERS

“If you eat, you’re a partner in farming”

NSW Farmers represents the interests of farmers across NSW and is a leader in the thinking, advocacy and services that makes farming competitive and sustainable.

With membership options for producers, small farmers, young farmers and even non-farmers everyone with an interest in agriculture can be a partner in farming. 

Visit www.nswfarmers.org.au to find out about events in your area and how membership of NSW Farmers will benefit you as well as your farming community.

 

CONNECT WITH US AT:

www.nswfarmers.org.au

 

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GROWCOM

Growcom is the peak representative body for Queensland production horticulture and works towards the profitable and sustainable future of the industry through effective advocacy, grower engagement and service delivery. Our core membership consists of Queensland’s fruit, vegetable and nut producers, and those individuals, groups and industries that have a stake or interest in the future of Queensland horticulture.

CONNECT WITH US AT:

www.growcom.com.au

   

AGFORCE QLD

AgForce has been the unifying voice for Queensland's beef, sheep and grain producers since 1999.  Our strength continues through our membership and a strategic vision to secure the productivity, profitability and sustainability of the agribusiness sector. AgForce provides direction and solutions for our members to overcome challenges and build on opportunities, and links rural and regional Queensland with urban communities through our Every Family Needs A Farmer initiative.

CONNECT WITH US AT:

www.agforceqld.org.au/

   
   
   
 

 

 

 

Other Farm Industry Organisations

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) provides leadership for the growth and sustainable development of food, fibre, fishing and forestry industries to optimise their contribution to economic, environment and social outcomes for Queensland.

The Department’s work spans the agriculture, fisheries and forestry sectors and their supply chains.  It includes policy, agricultural research, development and extension, regulatory and compliance functions; and the management of biosecurity, animal welfare and product integrity risks.

 

CONNECT WITH US AT:           

www.daf.qld.gov.au/

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