National Agriculture Day celebrates farmers and their work

By Country News

National Agriculture Day is a celebration to bridge the gap between urban and rural Australians across the country.

Held on Thursday, November 21, the annual day aims to demonstrate the shared values between city and country and to garner an appreciation of Australian farmers.

National Farmers’ Federation president Fiona Simson said with the continued drought, this was the perfect time to recognise our farmers.

“We all live in the same modern world, are all motivated to create a better future for our families and the environment,” Ms Simson said.

“It's these values that drive our farmers to produce high quality food every day, for Australians and the world.”

The NFF listed public events on its National Agriculture Day website for the third year in a row.

Members of the public could celebrate AgDay by attending listed events in their area or by hosting their own event.

NFF chief executive officer Tony Mahar said about 150 events occurred on the day.

“Right around the country people could have a morning tea, breakfast or dinner and post a photo on social media to generate interest on how important Australian farmers are to the broader community,” Mr Maher said.

National AgDay also marked the 40th anniversary of the VFF, which held a Gala Dinner to celebrate at the Melbourne Museum.

Mr Mahar said the day encouraged Australians to recognise the paddock to plate journey of their food.

“For AgDay we say to take the time to think about where their food and fibre comes from,” he said.

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AgDay facts:

● Six in 10 adults have a positive opinion of the farming and agricultural industry in Australia.

● Two thirds of Australians hold a positive view of the farming and agriculture industry in Australia.

● Eight in 10 believe that Australian farmers make an important contribution to the Australian economy and Australian society.

● Only 37 per cent of people feel connected to farmers, agriculture and rural Australia.

● Seventy-four per cent of Australians are conscious consumers whose regular shopping includes free-range, RSPCA-approved, organic, sustainably caught, or otherwise ethically sourced foods.