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2012 – The Australian Year of the Farmer

October 21, 2011

Our farmers our futureCelebrations for the Australian Year of the Farmer (AYOF) were officially launched at the site of Australia’s first European farm at Sydney’s Botanic Gardens on 12 October.

The Gardens welcomed farmers, farm animals, and farm machinery. A map of Australia made from fresh produce showcased the broad range and fine quality of the produce grown in each state and territory.

The AYOF is an education and awareness campaign, promoting the contribution farmers and rural communities make to our national economy and society.

One of AYOF’s Directors, Mr Philip Bruem, said: “Australian Year of the Farmer recognises what farmers do for all Australians. Australia’s farmers should be recognised and celebrated: for feeding the nation, for leading the world in farming techniques and innovation, and for sustaining the vital agribusinesses that underpin our economy. Farmers are the providers of our nation.”

“Every person who eats food is connected to farming. Every person who wears a wool coat is connected to farming. Every person who has timber in their house construction or sits at a wooden table is connected to farming.”

“We encourage all Australians to reflect on the origins of the food they consume and the fibre and other products they use every day and to seek out and buy Australian produce wherever possible,” he said.

Plant Health Australia (PHA) and Animal Health Australia are on a growing list of organisations backing the event. As  ‘Proud Supporters’ PHA hopes to expand opportunities to communicate with growers and the broader community about the benefits of better biosecurity and the importance of maintaining a national capability to respond to today’s challenges and those in the future.

Although plans are still evolving an exciting range of activities has already been put together to celebrate AYOF, including:

  • nine specially equipped roadshow units to every state and territory in Australia
  • an outreach program for teachers, careers advisors, students and parents across Australia
  • a spotlight on career opportunities in agriculture
  • a showcase on agricultural innovation
  • the production of a new TV series
  • a national photography competition, and
  • the Innovation and Technology Expo and Food of Origin Extravaganza, to promote the quality and origin of Australian food products – from ‘wheat to meat’ and ‘paddock to plate’.

Photos: Courtesy of AYOF