District farmers have taken the opportunity to find out what the Victorian Farmers Federation has been busy doing, as well as plans for the future.July 22, 2014 3:12am
Victorian Farmers Federation president Peter Tuohey (left) speaks to Nanneella farmer Jason Palmer and United Dairyfarmers Victoria executive officer Vin Delahunty at a VFF meeting in Rochester.
A large number of district farmers attended a Victorian Farmers Federation meeting in Rochester last week.
State president Peter Tuohey was buoyed by the attendance, noting the strong representation of younger farmers.
The VFF continued to be an important voice for the farming community in the state, he said.
‘‘It is a critical body for our farmers and without the VFF’s strong voice, lots of country areas would miss out,’’ Mr Tuohey said.
‘‘We have an ear in the Government and our recent record proves the State Government takes notice.’’
Mr Tuohey spoke of the excellent work done in reducing regulations and red tape which had added extra costs for farmers.
‘‘We now see a state commissioner for red tape and already there has been reduction in many of those barriers for the agricultural sector.’’
Mr Tuohey also spoke of other VFF achievements this year.
‘‘We have lobbied successfully for changes to the fire service levy for farmers, have pushed for the $220 million investment in rail and worked closely with DEPI as regards the management of heavily-forested areas.’’
He also focussed on the recent VFF conference.
‘‘Here we were positive about the future of agriculture and the need to work to attract investment into the sector.
‘‘We are urging the Government to invest in agriculture to enable our members to capitalise on growing worldwide market opportunities.
‘‘We need to ensure our sector is in a position to be competitive in these markets,’’ he said.
On the topic of foreign investment, Mr Tuohey believed it would benefit the country, provided it was managed carefully.
‘‘A foreign ownership register is imperative and a National Interest Test must be implemented.
‘‘This would ensure foreign investors employ locally, purchase locally and do not simply push up land values out of the reach of our own young farmers.’’
United Dairyfarmers Victoria’s Vin Delahunty spoke to the meeting on changes to the dairy industry, Department of Environment and Primary Industries funding and Free Trade agreements.
Children enjoy sixth Shepparton Community Reading Day at various locations in central business district.
Living with a disability will be in the spotlight on Wednesday, December 3 when community organisations compete in an ‘all abilities’ challenge through the streets of Yarrawonga.
Last week Victorian Collections passed a major milestone, with the 50000th historical object record from the state’s heritage collections uploaded to the site.
Hundreds flocked to Gunbower on Sunday to watch the Gunbower Pacing Cup.
The Christmas decorations exhibition at the Rochester Shire Hall was a hit with many visitors.
Local recovering after workplace injury
Simone Robson and her young daughter shouldn't even be alive - but she has found a remarkable form of rehabilitation that could lead on to something much bigger.
No luck for Finley in Murray Valley cricket.
Tayla Edsall has donated her long locks to the Cut for Cancer program, which makes wigs for cancer patients.
Cobram entrant joins hundreds starting the Massive Murray Paddle.
Deniliquin business Charlie Carp attracts international interest.
A spring Future Orchards walks will be held at Coomboona on Friday November 28 from 9.30am.
Top price was a pen of first-cross border leicester/merino ewes offered by Tony and Anne Mort of ‘Mardie’, Winton and purchased by Heath Cowell of ‘Mundara’, Tallarook for $208.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.