Wagga set to host National Ag Day celebrations

N THE FRAME: Associate Professor Marta Hernandez-Jover, Tim Malone, Deepwater Station, Matong and Michael Beer of AgriFutures in 2018. Picture: Nikki Reynolds
N THE FRAME: Associate Professor Marta Hernandez-Jover, Tim Malone, Deepwater Station, Matong and Michael Beer of AgriFutures in 2018. Picture: Nikki Reynolds

In the Riverina we are very aware of the important role agriculture plays in food production, employment and the economies of our rural communities.

Marta Hernandez-Jover

Three local organisations who drive agricultural innovation will join forces on National Agriculture Day to recognise the contribution of our farmers and the role of research to tell the great story that is Australian farming.

AgriFutures Australia, the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation and Regional Development of Australia (RDA) Riverina NSW will fire up the BBQ on National Agriculture Day on Thursday, November, 21.

National Agriculture Day is an initiative by the National Farmers' Federation and this year's theme is We are Australian Farmers. The rural community is invited to join AgriFutures Australia, the Graham Centre and RDA Riverina for lunch at Charles Sturt University to celebrate agriculture and the role of research and innovation in helping rural industries flourish and to better connect all Australians with agriculture and the people behind it.

AgriFutures Australia general manager, communications and capacity building Belinda Allitt said the aim was to highlight the importance of research and innovation in the important quest to feed more people, care for the environment and produce safe, affordable and nutritious food. "At AgriFutures, our core business is working with our rural industries such as rice, chicken meat and ginger to create research outcomes that allow the industries to prosper."

Acting Director of the Graham Centre, Associate Professor Marta Hernandez-Jover said, people in the Riverina were very aware of the important role agriculture plays in food production, employment and the economies of our rural communities.

"Research is an important part of that cycle, helping our rural industries to be more productive," she said.

However, she conceded 2019 has been another difficult season for many farmers and local communities.

"We are pleased to provide this opportunity to come together to show our support and raise money for drought relief." RDA Riverina chief executive officer Rachel Whiting said the aim was to support farmers in the Riverina by celebrating the enormous positive economic impact and value-adding manufacturing and agribusiness fields have on our region.

The lunch will be held from 12.30pm to 2.30pm at the Charles Sturt University (CSU) Foodbowl, Albert Pugsley Place, Wagga.