While our so-called peak bodies continue to operate as an arm of the Liberal or National Parties
the Australian agriculture sector will continue to disappear, making way for multinational corporate
farming owned and controlled by China. The National Farmers Federation and its state subsidiaries
sold farming out years ago. Cairns News supports the call from farmers to disband the NFF and MLA
and replace them with a representative body of family farms, the most efficient producers of clean and
green meat, grain, fruit, vegetables.
|WASHINGTON, May 2, 2014— Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the following statement on the updated 2012 Census of Agriculture data:
"The Census results reiterate the continued need for policies that help grow the rural economy from the middle out. The data illustrate the power of USDA efforts to grow the economy and strengthen infrastructure in rural America, create new market opportunities for farmers and ranchers, and provide access to capital, credit and disaster assistance for producers of all sizes. The Census also shows the potential for continued growth in the bioeconomy, organics, and local and regional food systems. USDA will continue to focus on innovative, creative policies that give farmers, ranchers and entrepreneurs the tools they need to attract a bright and diverse body of talent to rural America."
Highlights of the 2012 Census of Agriculture data release include:
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