The TFGA occupies a unique role in Tasmanian public affairs. On the one hand, it represents farmers’ interests in every relevant forum, state and national. On the other, it is the first point of reference for governments of all persuasions on matters of agricultural policy.

In many instances, the TFGA assists governments to formulate policy because of the enormous knowledge base that farmers represent. Our farmers research and implement. That is the nature of the business in which they are involved. New information technology facilitates that process.

The TFGA constantly develops and reviews policies in almost every area of economic activity, through its board, committees, commodity councils and annual general meetings. Education, health, justice and taxation are as relevant to the farmer as trade conditions and stock prices.

That is why politicians listen when our farmers talk.