ADF statement regarding future funding of ADIC

AUSTRALIAN Dairy Farmers (ADF) has concluded its three-year funding agreements with 11 contributing processors for the operation of peak industry body the Australian Dairy Industry Council (ADIC), effective from June 30, 2019.

ADF listened to the views of its members and the broader farming community, and opted not to pursue another multi-year funding partnership with processors.

Despite the important policy work undertaken by the ADIC, we understand there has been a perception among some farmers that the ADIC funding arrangement may blur the focus of ADF priorities and messaging, including our representation of farmer interests.

We believe that the conclusion of this arrangement will allow ADF to pursue its extensive advocacy agenda free from questions around our independence.

ADF is maintaining discussions with processors, via the Australian Dairy Products Federation (ADPF), over projects which benefit the dairy supply chain beyond the farm gate, but no formal arrangement has been finalised.

The ADIC remains an important industry body on supply chain issues including trade, sustainability, and animal health and welfare.

In the spirit of the Australian Dairy Plan, which involves uniting stakeholders across the dairy supply chain, ADF is dedicated to maintaining a unified approach to industry advocacy.

As such, ADF remains committed to ensuring the continued operation of the ADIC on projects that benefit the entire dairy value chain.

Media Contact:

Ashley Mackinnon, Public Affairs Manager

M: 0407 766 153

E: media@australiandairyfarmers.com.au

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