Riverina has plenty to celebrate on National Ag Day

SPOTLIGHT ON AG DAY: Rachel Whiting, RDA Riverina, Kayla Kopp, Graham Centre and Dallas Pearce of Agrifutures celebrate National Agriculture Day. Picture: Nikki Reynolds

SPOTLIGHT ON AG DAY: Rachel Whiting, RDA Riverina, Kayla Kopp, Graham Centre and Dallas Pearce of Agrifutures celebrate National Agriculture Day. Picture: Nikki Reynolds

DON'T be surprised if your social media feed fills up with people using the hashtag #AgDayAU or #WeareAustralianfarmers.

You are likely to see more rural activity in the media today because November, 21 is officially National Agriculture Day.

It's a chance to wear a green shirt or have a barbecue with some rural connections and to simply celebrate the successes of agriculture in this country.

Here in the Riverina our research and development sector will host a barbecue among partners including the Graham Centre, Agrifutures and RDA Riverina. The lunch will be held from 12.30pm to 2.30pm at the Charles Sturt University (CSU) Foodbowl, Albert Pugsley Place, Wagga.

For many others the day will be spent on the header harvesting winter crops or at the sheep and lamb sale in Wagga, which is set to be a hive of activity, with 51,800 going under the hammer on Thursday.

National Farmers' Federation (NFF) president Fiona Simson said two thirds of people felt disconnected from farmers, agriculture and rural Australia.

She said the widening disconnect between rural Australians and urban-based communities had resulted in a knowledge gap about how food and fibre is produced.

"This AgDay, whether you're a farmer or a city resident, we want to celebrate the values we all share, and remind people of what they have in common with their country cousins.

Despite many Australians reporting feeling disconnected to farming, the NFF-commissioned research also revealed six in 10 adults had a positive opinion of the farming and agricultural industry in Australia.

As Australians are urged to don green for the day, in recognition of the event and reflect on the efforts of farmers producing clean and safe food, Ms Simson said support for the nation's primary producers had been overwhelming.

"Getting our message out to the broader community is just going to become more and more important."

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