FRESH IDEAS: Georgie Somerset, Roberta Schablon, Caroline Harris and Carolyn Stone at the November South Burnett Agriculture Network meeting.
FRESH IDEAS: Georgie Somerset, Roberta Schablon, Caroline Harris and Carolyn Stone at the November South Burnett Agriculture Network meeting. Tobi Loftus

Special meeting celebrates farmers

SOUTH Burnett celebrated the inaugural National Agriculture Day on Tuesday with a special meeting of the South Burnett Agriculture Network.

Network spokeswoman Kristy Frahm said she was excited to celebrate the first AgDay.

"It's a great initiative, I think it really shines a positive light on agriculture,” she said.

"Our region is heavily based on the agriculture industry, so to be able to come together and celebrate that as a community is really positive.

"This is a great opportunity to raise awareness in the wider community about the contribution of agriculture.”

Ms Frahm said landholders who attended learned about the various electricity tariffs that could be available to them from the Queensland Farmers' Federation.

"It's working through the challenges as a collective group,” she said.

"To have our meeting on AgDay, it's worked out beautifully.”

National Farmers' Federation president Fiona Simson said AgDay was a national day to celebrate the remarkable contribution of agriculture to Australia's economy and society.

"Agriculture touches the lives of every Australian through the food we eat, the natural fibres we wear and the economic prosperity we enjoy,” Ms Simson said.

National Agriculture Day comes on the back of recent research that found 83% of Australians would describe their connection with farming as 'distant' or 'non-existent'.

"We live in one of the most urbanised countries in the world, but that doesn't mean that food and fibre production should simply be out of sight, out of mind,” Ms Simson said.

"Farming is also a driving force of the Australian economy, generating 1.6 million jobs across the supply chain.

"It is also Australia's fastest growing industry, up 23% past financial year. We have an incredible story to tell, and that's exactly what AgDay is all about.”

Ms Frahm said the key to supporting Australian farmers was to buy local.

"That's the underlying message of AgDay,” she said.

"Support our farmers.”

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