National Agriculture Day 21st November 2017

The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) inaugural AgDay Photo Competition:

Runner-up – Time for a haircut Photographer: Marlee Langfield, Cowra, New South Wales 

From Bondi to Broome, Tassie to the Top End – Australians showed their support for the farm sector during the first National Agriculture Day (AgDay), held on 21 November.

More than 50 AgDay events, big and small, were held across the country throughout the day. On social media more than 4500 people posted more than 10,000 messages of support for Australian farmers and the role agriculture plays in our nation. These posts reached more than 10 million social media users – providing great personal firsthand accounts of Australia’s remarkable farm sector.

National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) President, Fiona Simson, said the day was an important reminder of agriculture’s role in Australia’s economy and society.

“We know that Australians are increasingly disconnected from where their food and fibre is sourced from,” Ms Simson said.

“Just because Australia is highly urbanised, doesn’t mean agriculture should be ‘out of sight, out of mind’.

“Agriculture powers 1.6 came after research conducted by the National Farmers’ Federation, which showed the disconnect between farmers and the Australian population.

“Our research found that 83% of Australians felt their connection with farming was ‘distant’ or ‘non-existent’,” Ms Simson said.

“Hopefully through initiatives like National Agriculture Day, we can bring the story of agriculture to more Australians, and help them understand the direct stake they have in the industry’s success.”

Ms Simson paid tribute to the broad coalition of individuals and organisations that made the day a success.

“While the NFF itself played an important coordinating role for AgDay, credit for the success of the day really must go to our partners who dedicated time and resources towards realising the AgDay vision.

“We should especially thank those groups and people that hosted events around the country.

“Most importantly, we have to thank the Australians who took part in the celebration – by attending an AgDay event, or sharing our industry’s story online .

“Of course this is just the beginning for AgDay. Planning for the 2018 event starts today and we’re looking forward to building on this year’s success in the years to come,” Ms Simson said.