Milestone an opportunity for peak body to reflect on wins for Victorian farmers

Ensuring the voice of farmers is heard

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It has been a remarkable year, but farmers can be assured the VFF has their back, according to federation president David Joschinke.

It has been a remarkable year, but farmers can be assured the VFF has their back, according to federation president David Joschinke.

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VFF looks back at the year that was and its work to ensure farmers' voices are heard.

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This week the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) marks its 41st birthday, and is a time for us to look back on a year that a lot of us will never forget.

It will perhaps go down as one of the most remarkable years in our history - not only for the challenges we've all had to face, but the way Victorian farmers and agriculture have stuck together and resiliently bounced back in the face of adversity.

I don't need to remind you of the battles Victorian farmers have faced since this time last year.

After all, you are the ones who have been in the thick of it.

There's no denying it has been a tough year, but that's exactly when a united voice - such as the VFF provides - is so important.

We regularly meet with politicians, government agencies and businesses that have a direct impact on your business, farming practices, liveability of your town and general wellbeing.

It's essentially farmers fighting for the rights and benefits of farmers and our regional and rural communities - and our members are at the centre of this.

For example, VFF members were instrumental in joining the more than 3000 signatures collected in opposition to the plan to remove the existing prohibition on camping on licensed water frontages.

While we are extremely disappointed at the overall decision to allow this, Victorian farmers - with the help of the VFF - have ensured their voice has been heard loud and clear.

Our attention will now turn to ensuring the regulations will protect licence holders, agriculture and the environment by requiring a system of registration, setbacks from waterways and private land - and limiting camping to areas where there are rubbish or toilet facilities.

While it's clear there is still work to be done, none of this would have been possible without the relentless determination and hard work of our members.

In a year when there has been little to be certain about, you can you can be assured that the VFF will be there to ensure your voice is heard.

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