The Queensland Farmers' Federation (QFF) represents the interests of 16 of Queensland's peak rural industry organisations, describing itself as a 'collective voice for intensive agricultural industries in Queensland.'
These 16 rural industry organisations in turn collectively represent more than 13,000 primary producers across Queensland, ensuring the QFF has an important role to play.
The QFF represents primary producers in a range of intensive agriculture sectors. These sectors are:
- chicken meat
- flowers; and
It also represents local irrigator groups and emerging industry groups such as organics and aquaculture.
The QFF notes that these industries combined produced more than half of the total value of primary production for Queensland in 2009-2010. Further, according to Queensland’s Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation, the State's agricultural industries are typically valued at about $14 billion (including first round processing).
The QFF lists its guiding principles as to:
- ensure members are well-informed on issues of strategic importance
- demonstrate leadership and a positive approach to policy
- work together to seek positive outcomes on issues of common interest
- seek outcomes that meet positive economic, social, environmental and regional matters
- recognise and embrace diversity within the QFF membership in achieving acceptable solutions for all members
- foster a culture which recognises that responsible natural resource management is an integral part of sound farm business management; and
- to work cooperatively and respectfully with all stakeholders.