The Telstra-NFF Talking 2030 Roadshow was in Victoria and South Australia this week, listening to industry about its priorities for the future.
In a busy week for the Talking 2030 Roadshow, the NFF visited Warragul and Bendigo in Victoria this week, before crossing the border into South Australia for a meeting in Mundulla on Friday.
NFF Chief Executive Tony Mahar - who attended two meetings this week - said the roadshow was proving to be a valuable source of information and ideas.
"In each location we're finding a diverse range of perspectives, but also a lot of common ground.
"Issues like access to skilled labour, the need to encourage young people into the industry, and the need to grow sustainably are coming through loud and clear.
"We're also unearthing some things that are unique to particular regions, that the strategy will need to consider," Mr Mahar said.
Talking 2030 is the first of several initiatives planned as part of a new strategic partnership between the NFF and Telstra aimed at strengthening Australian agriculture’s leadership, technical capacity and overall prosperity.
Telstra’s Executive Director Regional Affairs, Tim O’Leary, said Telstra was proud to work with the NFF to support the development of innovative technologies that will help address some of the challenges Australian farmers face.
“We know that digital connectivity is a central part of the modern farm business and this collaboration will support the development of strong and prosperous regions, and a thriving agriculture sector,” said Mr O’Leary.
The Discussion Paper authored by KPMG and launched by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in March will form the basis for the conversations at the Talking 2030 roundtables.
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