Thank the land’s custodians
If I had one wish for Christmas, it would be that every person who puts food in their mouth during this festive season considers how they got that food.
Someone, somewhere has produced that food, no matter if you are a meat eater, vegetarian or vegan, unless you grow every single mouthful of your own food.
That person may go by different names but just for argument’s sake, let’s call every person growing any kind of food for your consumption a farmer.
Farming is a tough gig, no matter what you grow or where/how you grow it.
There are so many factors that contribute to a farmer’s success or downfall and very few of them are under their control.
The weather, markets, interest rates, the prices received for products and more are all out of the control of the farmer.
Those factors that a farmer can control are generally controlled very well, such as the condition of the soil, the welfare of animals and using world’s best practice in all farming enterprises.
Farmer are innovators and always looking to improve their farming practices.
That’s why it is so hard to see the farming/agricultural industry across Australia taking such a battering from so many of their fellow Australians, and particularly by some of our governments.
Those who farm the land know how to care for it. They’ve been doing it for generations.
Each generation of farmer has moved forward with new technology and practices to ensure all aspects of their farming is as efficient as possible, while still caring for the environment in which they farm.
There are too many Government department employees and politicians without a realistic grasp on the importance of farmers and agriculture to this country.
We are one of the least subsidised farming countries in the world. In 2016-17, the Australian Bureau of Statistics placed the gross value of Australian agriculture at $60.8 billion. That’s billion, not million.
It’s time to take the big stick off the farmers’ backs, start listening to their advice and knowledge and understand that they, as the custodians of the land they work on, know what they are doing.
It is also time some of those sitting on shiny seats in departments and governments stepped out into the real world, got some s. . . on their shoes and discover what damned fine, knowledgeable and capable farmers we have in Australia.