Australians are lucky to enjoy the benefits of world-class food and grains grown right here in Australia. But not all Aussies know much about the farmers and industry that works to put high-quality food on their tables.
Each year on the third Friday of November, the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) hosts National Agriculture Day or ‘AgDay’, a chance for Aussies to learn and celebrate Australia’s diverse and innovative farming sector.
Falling on Friday 18 November this year, AgDay 2022 has been hailed as a great success! In Australia, there are approximately 85,000 farm businesses, 99% of which are family owned and operated. Australian farms produce around 93% of the total food consumed in Australia. In fact, each Australian farmer produces enough food yearly to feed 600 people, 150 at home and 450 overseas.
Australian Made was proud to be one of the sponsors of this year’s AgDay events and part of the live activations in Melbourne and Sydney. At the same time, in both cities, NFF offered pedestrians the chance to join in fresh produce giveaways, virtual reality experiences and a chance to talk to real farmers over a livestream.
With the sun shining on a beautiful Friday morning, the Australian Made team attended the Melbourne AgDay event on Southbank Promenade. It was great to see that the Australian Grown fresh food activation by Australian Made Retail Partner Coles was a clear hit with families and kids. Passers-by were keen to see and sample the showcase of the finest home-grown fruit and veg produced locally by Australian farmers.
AgDay 2022 also highlighted the innovations, science and technology that underpins modern farming, such as soil carbon, carbon farming and regenerative agriculture.
Australian farmers are frontline environmentalists, owning, managing and caring for 51% of Australia’s land mass. As a result, Australian farming and agricultural industries have led the nation in reducing greenhouse gas emissions intensity and have seen a massive 63% reduction between 1996 and 2016.
Keep an eye out for next year’s AgDay event, and check out www.agday.org.au to learn more!
Australian Made crops up at AgDay 2022
Thursday, November 24, 2022