Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

National Agriculture Day celebration highlights research and innovation

AgriFutures Australia, the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation and Regional Development of Australia (RDA) Riverina NSW will fire up the BBQ on National Agriculture Day on Wednesday 21 November 2018.

National Agriculture Day is an initiative by the National Farmers’ Federation and this year’s theme is ‘Grow for Good’.

The agricultural community is invited to join AgriFutures Australia, the Graham Centre and RDA Riverina for lunch at CSU in Wagga Wagga to celebrate agriculture and the role of research and innovation in helping rural industries flourish.

AgriFutures Australia General Manager, Research and Innovation Mr Michael Beer said, “We are looking forward to celebrating National Ag Day. We’ve taken this year’s theme of ‘Grow for Good’  and are highlighting the importance of research and innovation in the important quest to feed more people, caring for our environment and producing safe, affordable and nutritious foods.

“At AgriFutures, our core business is working with our rural industries such as rice, chicken meat, ginger to create research outcomes that allow the industries to prosper.”

Acting Director of the Graham Centre, Associate Professor Marta Hernandez-Jover said, “Research and development plays a key role in helping our primary industries to continue to grow and support thriving regional communities.

“This is at the heart of what we do at the Graham Centre. We’re looking forward to celebrating on National Agriculture Day and hope that farmers, researchers, students and the wider community can join us at the event.”

RDA Riverina Chief Executive Officer, Ms Rachel Whiting said, “Agriculture is the main driver of the Riverina. Celebrating this fact is a fantastic opportunity to say thank you to all people in our region who contribute to this sector.”

The organisers also hope to ‘do some good’ by collecting gold coin donations for the NSW Country Women’s Association drought relief effort.

The BBQ lunch will be held from 12 noon on Wednesday 21 November under the lemon-scented gums at the Charles Sturt University (CSU) Foodbowl, Albert Pugsley Place at CSU in Wagga Wagga.

The event is supported by Junee Rotary Club and Big Springs Natural Spring Water.

Register to attend at Friday 16 November.