Pivotal time of change for farming and farmers

02 February 2024

In this week's TasFarmers Matters Editorial, new Chief Executive Officer Nathan Calman introduces himself and discusses the organisation's position and its future direction.

TasFarmers new CEO Nathan Calman. File picture

Firstly, I would like to say I'm excited and honoured to take up the CEO role at TasFarmers. It comes at a pivotal time when the organisation is in a period of change, exemplified by the recent rebranding from Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association to TasFarmers, a strategic decision aimed at resonating with a new generation of farmers.

This change makes me acutely aware of the legacy and achievements of those before me and energises me for the journey ahead. I've always had a keen interest in farming and I am keen to contribute to the continued success of the organisation and ensure its growth into the future.

It is a privilege to join a team of passionate people who are working hard, advocating strongly on behalf of members and driving so many successful outcomes.

In recent times, I have observed a great deal of work being done addressing critical issues such as eIDs, proposed changes to the fire levy model and compulsory land acquisition.

In preparation for the mandatory nationwide introduction of eIDs starting January 1, 2025, TasFarmers has successfully secured a financial assistance package for producers from both State and Federal governments.

TasFarmers have also been highly visible in working to ensure that farmers are not burdened with paying any excessive increase in fire service levies. We have been consistent in our representation to the Minister's office and seek to achieve a fair and equitable solution for farmers and rural people.

On the compulsory acquisition of land, the organisation has argued for legislation to be fit for purpose so that farmers and private-land owners can be assured of a fair and transparent process, where there is currently imbalance.

In line with the board's strategic vision, I aim to build on the foundation of success and commitment, striving for the best possible outcomes for our members.

I believe that success will be a result of the collective efforts of the entire association encompassing our highly dedicated staff, the board, and most importantly the ongoing commitment and contribution of our valued members.

Together, we will meet the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead and ensure that TasFarmers continues to be Tasmania’s primary advocate for driving positive change in our industry.