Farmers at Brisbane markets to celebrate National AgDay

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Farmers at Brisbane markets to celebrate National AgDay
Wednesday, 21 Nov 2018

National AgDay celebrations have come to the Brisbane CBD today with farmers from right throughout Queensland attending the Jan Powers Farmers’ Markets to meet with market-goers, answer questions about farming and thank Australians for their support.

AgForce General President Georgie Somerset said while there had been a lot of focus on drought this year and many Queensland communities were still doing it tough, National AgDay was an opportunity to celebrate and highlight how agriculture makes the world a better place.

“Whether it’s helping feed more people, caring for our environment, or creating jobs in regional and remote communities, every day our farmers #GrowforGood – and that’s the theme of today’s celebrations,” she said.

“Every Australian farmer feeds 200 Australians and 400 people overseas, and with the global population set to reach nine billion by 2050, farmers will need to grow more and do it sustainably.

“With Queensland producing almost a quarter of Australia’s food and fibre and our exports valued at around $10 billion a year, our local farmers will play a big part in feeding and clothing a growing world.”

Jan Powers Farmers Markets Director Sammy Power said they were “thrilled to have salt of the earth farmers coming to the city market to share their stories with Brisbanites”.

“At Jan Powers Farmers Markets, we are and have always been passionate about bringing real farmers to the city to mix and interact with the public and impart their knowledge and wisdom,” she said.

“So many people don’t think twice about what they are eating and how it got to their plates. In our arena, we like to offer both farmers and the public a chance to try new flavours, learn what people want and walk away feeling good.”

Mrs Somerset said AgDay events were being held right throughout the country, with the National Farmers’ Federation running a photo competition, encouraging Australians to wear green and to share the love on social media with the hashtags #AgDayAU and #GrowForGood.

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

Farmers at Brisbane markets to celebrate National AgDay

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