The Australia Farmer - digital publication
The Australian Farmer is a news website - it is also a standalone digital book and knowledge tool available for farmers across the country. To access the free digital publication go to www.theaustralianfarmer.com
IFIF Annual Report 2016/17
The International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) can be downloaded at http://annualreport.ifif.org/
Fight against Liverpool Plains NSW loss of grain production land
The SFMCA has been thanked by the Caroona Coal Action Group for our support against the loss of prime agricultural land due to coal mine developments.
John Hamparsum on bahalf of the Action Group recognised SFMCA's action in writing to the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, NSW Premier Mike Baird and Minister Stokes and Minister Robert expressing our Association's strong opposition to coal mining on the Liverpool Plains. These letters are quoted as having an impact, being mentioned by politicians in discussions and negotiations the Action Group has had.
SFMCA Development Award Winners
The SFMCA announced the winners of the 2016 Development Award at the Australasian Milling Conference welcome dinner held 29 May 2016.
Coal Mining Proposals for the Liverpool Plain NSW
The SFMCA supports the stance of a number of NSW farmers located on the Liverpool Plains of NSW that object to coal mine development that directly affects agricultural farm land. The Liverpool Plains is a critical supply source of grain for the NSW stockfeed industry. The SFMCA believes that mining development, that results in a loss of grain production land, should not be approved. The SFMCA has been lobbying federal and state politicians as well as the banking sector that would provide funding for the developments. In addition to loss of farming land, the SFMCA questions the impact of mining in this region on the underground water aquifers.
SFMCA Restructure Finalised
Members in all five States have voted to proceed with the restructure. This will greatly reduce administration work as the organisation will operate under a national administration while retaining State SFMCA Branch meetings.