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Tasmanian Farmers & Graziers Association (TFGA) - Tasmania's peak agricultural body

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Agriculture has been Tasmania's most important industry since settlement, and those who work within this $1 billion industry are represented by the Tasmanian Farmers & Graziers Association (TFGA), the state's peak agricultural body.

The TFGA represents over 5,000 members who live and work on farm businesses across Tasmania. The Association represents big and small farms, making no distinction among farms or farmers.

It defines its role as "to provide a single, strong voice to deal with governments at all levels and with other industry bodies."

Its prime aim is "to ensure that the agricultural base of the state remains competitive and profitable."

Since its formation in 1948, the Association has acted as a lobby group owned and governed by farmers, for farmers, with a strong record of successful political advocacy and leadership.

Operationally, the TFGA is divided into separate councils that deal with each of the major commodity areas - meat, wool, dairy, vegetables and other agriculture. Each of these commodity councils has a voice on the board of the TFGA, and meets regularly on a statewide basis.

In addition, standing committees deal with cross-commodity issues such as climate change, biosecurity, water and weeds.

TFGA members lead each of these groups and, with the support of staff, work to effectively influence all levels of government on the wide range of issues that impact on modern farming.

Another significant part of the TFGA's charter is the commitment to keep its members informed on up-to-date and evolving farming technology. The Association endeavours to do this using modern communications, such as its official website.

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