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South Australian Farmers Federation represents farmers across South Australia

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The South Australian Farmers Federation (SAFF) describes itself as South Australia's peak lobbying organisation representing farmers across the state.

The Federation traces its origins back to 1890, and a meeting of farmers calling themselves the Stockowners Association, presided over by the Hon JH Angas of Clare.

Since that initial meeting, several small farming groups were established and amalgamated across South Australia, until there were two main bodies - the Stockowners Association and the Farmers & Graziers.

These two bodies joined forces in 1976 to become the United Farmers & Stockowners (UFS). Sixteen years later, at the Annual State Conference of the UFS, delegates voted to change the organisation's name to the South Australian Farmers Federation.

This long tradition further illustrates the fact that farming communities are an integral part of the history, culture and landscape of South Australia. With this in mind, the SAFF defines its role as to ensure that these communities continue to play a key role in the development and sustainability of the state, as well as their own livelihoods.

To this end, the SAFF works to:

  • assist South Australian farmers and their rural communities achieve sustainable profitability
  • provide effective representation, leadership and service to members; and
  • provide a united voice promoting farming interests and the rural communities where farmers live and work.

On an operational level, SAFF achieves this by:

  • maintaining an effective and open communication approach with governments, other farming and farm-related organisations, media, community groups and the public
  • developing policies and submissions that are mindful of farmers rights as well as the rights of other stakeholders and associated interest groups
  • representing the interest of our members in various forums, at all levels of government, in the media and with the general community; and
  • developing and implementing strategies to support farmers and their livelihoods.

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