Farm Guide VIC : 2008 - 2009
8 Victorian Farmers Federation The VFF and the benefits of membership The Victorian Farmers Federation has a clear and direct mission - to be Australia’s premier farm representative organisation. Victorian agriculture is at the forefront of world-best practice, and the VFF ensures this can continue by advancing the commercial, environmental and social interests of Victoria’s farmers to the wider community and government. The Victorian Farmers Federation is Australia’s largest state farmer organisation. With in excess of 200 branches and more than 18,000 members the VFF is an active, powerful lobby group, owned and governed by farmers, for farmers. A strong record of successful political advocacy and leadership has generated substantial benefits for the agricultural sector, and VFF membership should be an essential element of any farming business. Formed in 1979, the VFF is now made up of seven commodity groups - Dairy (UDV), Livestock, Grains, Horticulture (now incorporating Flowers Victoria), Chicken Meat, Eggs and Pigs. Farming members lead each of these groups, and supported by Melbourne based and regional staff, provide a united voice for farming needs and rights. This gives the VFF the power to effectively influence all levels of government on a wide range of issues, including industrial, economic, right-to-farm and rural infrastructure. The VFF also provides its members with a broad range of additional benefits and services including a comprehensive industrial service, members only publications, farm safety workshops, and much more. Taking advantage of your VFF membership At the VFF, we are doing our best to find the most cost competitive and practical ways of helping our membership achieve real savings from their VFF subscription. Our member benefits schemes are designed to be as broad as possible, so all members have the ability to take advantage of the corporate partnerships that we’ve engaged in. Also, we provide a range of services to our members that otherwise may be prohibitively expensive at a retail level.
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