Help cel­e­brate with our farm­ers

Gatton Star - - INTO RURAL LIFE -

AGFORCE is en­cour­ag­ing all Queens­lan­ders to show their sup­port for farm­ers and join in the cel­e­bra­tions for Na­tional Ag­day on Novem­ber 21.

Agforce gen­eral pres­i­dent Grant Maud­s­ley said agri­cul­ture was a cor­ner­stone of the Queens­land econ­omy and a vi­tal con­trib­u­tor to so­ci­ety, un­der­pin­ning tens of thou­sands of jobs in re­gional com­mu­ni­ties and thou­sands more in our cities.

“Na­tional Ag­day pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for all Queens­lan­ders to cel­e­brate and be proud about our con­tri­bu­tion to feed­ing and cloth­ing the world,” he said.

“The re­cent Agri­cul­tural Cen­sus re­vealed Queens­land is now the most valu­able agri­cul­tural state in the coun­try, pro­duc­ing al­most a quar­ter of Aus­tralia’s food and fi­bre. Over 330,000 Queens­lan­ders are em­ployed across the whole food sup­ply chain, mean­ing that about one in seven Queens­lan­ders are ei­ther par­tially or en­tirely sup­ported by the food sec­tor.

“No mat­ter where you are in Queens­land, agri­cul­ture pro­vides em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and sup­ports small busi­nesses that keep our coun­try towns tick­ing.”

Mr Maud­s­ley en­cour­aged all those in­volved with agri­cul­ture to come to­gether and cel­e­brate their in­dus­try and way of life.

“On Ag­day there are many ways you can mark the role of farm­ing and the con­tri­bu­tion it makes to the eco­nomic and so­cial fab­ric of our state and our na­tion,” he said.

“Host a lunch with all-aussie pro­duce mak­ing up the menu, fire up a com­mu­nity bar­be­cue and raise money for a good cause or sim­ply share a pic of fab­u­lous food and fi­bre on so­cial me­dia.”


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