Queenslanders urged to get behind National AgDay

Queenslanders urged to get behind National AgDay
Monday, 4 Sep 2017

AgForce is encouraging all Queenslanders to show their support for farmers and join in the celebrations for National AgDay on Tuesday 21 November.

AgForce General President Grant Maudsley said agriculture was a cornerstone of the Queensland economy and a vital contributor to society, underpinning tens of thousands of jobs in regional communities and thousands more in our cities.

"National AgDay provides an opportunity for all Queenslanders to celebrate and be proud about our contribution to feeding and clothing the world," he said.

"The recent Agricultural Census revealed Queensland is now the most valuable agricultural state in the country, producing almost a quarter of Australia's food and fibre.

"Over 330,000 Queenslanders are employed across the whole food supply chain, meaning that about one in seven Queenslanders are either partially or entirely supported by the food sector.

"No matter where you are in Queensland, agriculture provides employment opportunities and supports small businesses that keep our country towns ticking."

Mr Maudsley encouraged Queensland farmers and all those involved with agriculture to come together and celebrate their industry and way of life.

"On AgDay there are many ways you can mark the role of farming and the contribution it makes to the economic and social fabric of our state and our nation," he said.

"Host a lunch with all-Aussie produce making up the menu, fire up a community barbecue and raise money for a good cause or simply share a pic of fabulous food and fibre on social media."

National Agriculture and Related Industries Day, which was the brainchild of Mrs Gina Rinehart, was officially launched at Parliament House in Canberra today by Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and National Farmers' Federation President Fiona Simson.

To find out more about AgDay and how to get involved, visit www.agday.org.au

Media Contacts: Scott Whitby 0418 733 102, Sarah Henderson 0427 626 853

Queenslanders urged to get behind National AgDay

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