National Agriculture Day has been celebrated in style in Wagga Wagga with more than 100 farmers, students, researchers, industry and business coming together for a BBQ lunch.
The event was hosted by AgriFutures Australia, the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation and Regional Development Australia (RDA) Riverina to acknowledge the role of research and innovation in supporting agriculture for thriving rural communities.
Graham Centre Acting Director Associate Professor Marta Hernandez-Jover said it was wonderful to see many different aspects of the primary production represented.
“Today was an opportunity to celebrate agriculture and the people behind it, that’s not only the farmers who produce our food and fibre but also the service industries who support them,” said Associate Professor Hernandez-Jover.
“Research is also an important part of that chain, helping our farmers to become even more productive and sustainable.”
AgriFutures Australia, General Manager Communications and Capacity Building Ms Belinda Allitt said there has never been a more important time to celebrate Australian agriculture.
“Today, as this smokey, dusty haze surrounds beautiful Wagga, it is tough day to be a farmer and to be involved in agriculture. Some farmers across Australia are in the middle of the most horrendous drought, some are fighting bush fires, some have zero water allocations, and some are facing all of the above,” said Ms Allitt.
“That’s why is it’s so important to come together today to connect, share some lunch, share a story and celebrate our very important and wonderful industry. “
RDA Riverina Chief Executive Rachel Whiting said this is the third year RDA Riverina has been involved in running an event on National Ag Day.
“Agriculture is such a big part of the Riverina and National Ag day gives us the opportunity to celebrate farmers and agriculture related businesses and to invite the broader community to share in this celebration,” Ms Whiting said.
The event also saw money raised to support the NSW Country Women’s Association drought relief effort.
Members of the Junee Rotary Club gave up their time to cook the BBQ, CHEERS at Charles Sturt in Wagga provided meat and salad and donated money (pictured above) to the drought relief effort, and the crowd was kept hydrated by Big Springs Natural Spring Water.