Henty opening ceremony – smart farming necessary

COMMUNITY STRENGTH: Member for Wagga Daryl Maguire reflects on the strength of farming in regional Australia and officially opens the Henty Field Day. Picture: Les SmithHENTY Machinery Field Days chairman Ross Edwards has challenged farmers to focus on adapting smart methods to help them deal with the challenges of extreme weather, changing consumer habits and rising costs.

For 51 years, Henty Field Days has been a stablemate for farmers, providing them the opportunity to peruse the latest machinery, catch-up with friends and meet new people, interested in agriculture.

The sheer turnout yesterday proved while the machinery may have changed, regional people’s interest and dedication to the land has not waned.

“We believe the family farm remains the backbone of regional Australian communities and will play a pre-eminent role in the future of the nation’s agriculture industry,’ Mr Edwards said at the opening ceremony.

“We need to ensure our regional community, both large and small, thrive both economically and socially.”

In his address Mr Edwards emphasised the importance of fostering and encouraging young people to choose an agriculturally focused career.

He called on farmers to recognise Australia’s potential to “lead and feed and the world”.

”With the global demand for protein and fibre rising rapidly, Australia’s wool and prime lamb flock will take a primary role, along with the nation’s ability to supply high quality dairy products, beef, grain, horticultural products, machinery and technological expertise,” he said.

Member for Wagga Daryl Maguire declared the day a great one.

“It’s a great day to be here in Henty and I’m sure the next three days will bring about many visitors,” he said.

He, like many farmers, hoped for rain.

“Rain, much promised rain and that of course will put us in good spirits for the year ahead,” he said.

“Farming is very important to our community, as are all of the service industries that support the ag sector.”

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