Peak farming body to unveil nation's agriculture blueprint

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The National Farmers Federation (NFF) will this Thursday launch the Blueprint for Australian Agriculture after input from 4,000 people across the industry over a period of 16 months.

Peak farming body to unveil nation's agriculture blueprint
NFF CEO Matt Linnegar will be presenting the Blueprint for Australian Agriculture on 14 February in Canberra.

According to NFF, the launch which will be held in Canberra aims to set the future direction for the Australian agricultural sector.

NFF says the Blueprint marks the first time the Australian agricultural sector has come together to map out the future.

The NFF-led, industry developed Blueprint will identify major issues and priorities shared across the sector, articulate strategies to deal with them, suggest pathways for implementation and drive greater collaboration within the industry.

NFF CEO Matt Linnegar says in an interview with Fairfax that the body was determined to ensure the Blueprint remains an ongoing means of charting the future of food and fibre production.

Linnegar adds that NFF also had plans to introduce a new process that would guarantee ongoing broad industry input to maintain the Blueprint's agenda.

"We'll announce details on the day but we've created a forum and it will be ongoing for as long as the industry is interested in it continuing," he says.

Linnegar will be present alongside NFF President Jock Laurie to launch the document at the National Press Club in Canberra. Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig will also provide an address at the event.

NFF says the final report will be available for download from their website after 14 February.

The Blueprint for Australian Agriculture is an initiative of the NFF in partnership with Westpac, Woolworths and the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

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