Happy National Agricultural Day

21 November 2017 How exciting it is to celebrate the inaugural National Agricultural Day today 21 November and to be involved in such great sector. Therefore we wish to ‘shout out’ to our Agriculture linked industries and the farmers for all their hard work and determination for their contribution to the industry and our country. A recent report indicates the Australian Farming sector is punching above its weight with fantastic productivity growth. A few statistics to excite you include: Each year, on average each Australian farmer feeds 600 people around the world. There are 85,681 Australian agricultural businesses that have an Estimated Value of Agricultural Operations (EVAO) of $40,000 or greater.

The gross value of Australia’s agricultural production last year (2016-17) surpassed $60 billion. There are strong export earnings growth forecasts in 2017-18 for sectors including cotton (export earnings forecast to rise 35 per cent), dairy (up 11 per cent), and wool (up 10 per cent). The National Farmers’ Federation has a vision to grow this figure to $100 billion by 2030. Cattle, wheat and whole milk are our top three commodities by value. Agriculture is Australia’s second largest export industry and it is this farm sector that is the powerhouse behind our regional communities, with more than 323,000 people employed in agriculture, forestry and fishing. The National Farmers Federation (NFF) says agriculture supports more than 1.6 million jobs in areas like transport and logistics, retail and processing. This means roughly 80 per cent of agricultural jobs are beyond the farm gate and the opportunities are wide and varied. Australian farmers manage 48 per cent of the nation’s land mass.

Our primary industries have led the nation in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We should all be proud with our contribution to feeding and clothing the world. The world is going nuts for Australian farm produce as overseas markets clamour for locally grown nuts such as almonds and macadamias as well as agricultural stalwarts such as beef, lamb, wool and cotton. As far as the education sector for agriculture, research by Charles Sturt University (CSU) Emeritus Professor Jim Pratley in 2016 showed that for those studying agriculture at university there’s more than five jobs per graduate which highlights the strength & growth in the industry.

There’s no doubt Australia’s agricultural sector is productive, adaptive and over the years has developed new technology and management practices. We must also consider how we can put our expertise to work in developing nations and tackle the global food security challenge. We remain exceptionally bullish for our Agricultural sector and Australian farming families. Our clients are enjoying increasing profits and no financial distress. I think that agriculture is actually one of fastest growing industries in Australia at the moment and we celebrate working with this great industry. Happy National Agricultural Day! Please click on the link to the National Farmers’ Federation – Food, Fibre & Forestry Facts – a summary of Australia’s Agriculture Sector National Farmers’ Federation – Food, Fibre & Forestry Facts Sources: National Farmers’ Federation – A summary of Australia’s Agriculture Sector, 2017