NFF Not happy – new agricultural body recommended

Senate recommends new agricultural body
The Senate Inquiry into agricultural education has recommended a new agricultural body to represent farmers and agribusinesses be established for policy.

On the NFF website the President, Jock Laurie, said. “The NFF’s very mandate is to represent farmers and the broader farm sector: we already have a powerful reputation, a strong and established relationship with Government and have achieved major outcomes for our sector. The suggestion that yet another body be formed is completely counterproductive to Australian agriculture”.

The senate obviously has a different view and wants the strategic direction for the future of the agriculture sector to have different leadership on agricultural education, the issues around foreign investment, and food security.

The NFF is not happy, they are on record as saying the Senate Inquiry overstepped its terms of reference and has not recognised issues where the NFF has runs on the board, and is achieving real outcomes for the sector.

CO2Land org can understand the frustration and can sympathise on the calls for greater resourcing of agricultural representation across the sector and greater collaboration between organisations. It is sincerely hoped all will be handled so that creditable representation will be achieved and work already advanced on foreign investment, the Rio+20 Forum etc. will result in a more than  just a series of outputs termed an outcome. The trademark of a body not concerned with real innovation.



To CFI or not to CFI – Oh a change is coming

To CFI or not to CFI – Technology related innovations could help decision-making.

The scenario: You know your life on the land has taught you many a key lesson; major events can strike at any time. These predictable events and many a warning about climate related events is given, you would make an assessment, and peer pressure might help you determine it is improbable that such events will affect your activities – this year.

Now comes your problem: Legislation encourages incentives to change land management practices. You follow a lot of stories, get anecdotal advice, but remain apprehensive. What do you need to help with your decision process to participate, you know there are a lot of government sponsored programs, no end of ‘professional advice’ on practices, and remain concerned it is all a bit ‘tent revival’ flavoured?

The cause of your unease can be explained by the knowledge that your information package is not complete, that penalties can be levied under curtain conditions that might not be apparent now, that improbable events can occur.

On the later point (improbable), recent disasters proved that conventional systems fail, that chaos would have persisted had it not been for innovative solutions. Those solutions were in the hands of the people, not those in authority, the ability to be there on the spot, to communicate instantly the situation helped in a multiplicity of ways.

The point of this story is because technology was advanced and accessible, decisions could be made on the real circumstances involving you. You could then confidently move forward with what you access is for you to commit to, no hype, no undue pressure from the ‘tent’.

It happens CO2Land org has talked to Carbon Innovation, Carbon Training International and their business partners and while some announcements have been made of a relationship between Balance Carbon and Carbon Training International to bring you CFI trading capability under the peerage of the Carbon Market Institute, you can be confident major announcements will be made on the progress of new generation technology innovations that are at the forefront and involve other partners. With this advancement you can minimize potential of the “Black Swan” (book printed 2007, author Nassim Nicholas Taleb – not of the treasurer). The reference is quoted as ”until white settlers landed in Western Australia and discovered black swans, it was assumed all swans were white”.  Landholders may identify with this story as history has thrown up many such examples; but it is often easier to put aside the impacts because conventional wisdom assigns the possible as improbable.

Watch this space, 0h a change is coming.