There's no doubt that during the past few months, everyday life and farming has had to adapt, change and rise to the challenges associated with the current COVID-19 pandemic.
At the Victorian Farmers Federation, we're no different and the organisation is continually adjusting to the almost daily changes to the way we work.
Whether that be working from home or ensuring we're complying with the current health advice and regulations on the farm, it's certainly a unique time in our history.
Amidst all the current uncertainty, there's one thing that does remain certain and that's our commitment to Victorian farmers.
We're dedicated to continuing the hard work to advocate for our members to give them the best possible results.
I like to think of it as farmers fighting for the rights and benefits of farmers and our regional and rural communities.
This has been demonstrated recently, with the VFF being extremely active in holding local governments to account as councils prepare their draft budgets for 2020-21.
Victorian agriculture cannot be expected to carry an increased rating burden as we continue to help rebuild Victoria's economy in the wake of COVID-19.
We have made it clear that we will oppose any unfair rates hikes and help Victorian farmers achieve a fairer system. We we won't back down on that.
It's just one of the examples of how the VFF continues to play a crucial role in shaping Victorian agriculture, even in these extraordinary times.
There's always work to be done and we'll continue to fight for Victorian farmers.
When the government is making a decision that affects farmers, you can be assured that the VFF is the first to be knocking on that minister's or mayor's door.