Millions of Australians tipped their hat to Australian farmers and agriculture on Friday 17 November for National Agriculture Day – or #AgDayAU.
Across social media, thousands of posts popped up from urban Aussies wearing their #GrowYouGoodThing merch and sharing their gratitude to the people who grow their food and fibre, as well as from farmers giving people a behind the farmgate look into their industry.
Each year the agriculture’s big day is celebrated with the #AgDayAU photo and video competition where $5,000 cash is up for grabs thanks to sponsors Syngenta.
This year Belinda Dimarzio-Bryan’s photo (main image above) of her determined toddler trying to help feed the rams was been awarded first prize for encapsulating this year’s theme #GrowYouGoodThing.
National Farmers’ Federation President David Jochinke said the judges had a tough job with the competition attracting almost 500 entries.
“There are endless moments in farming that you simply cannot plan, like a brewing storm, an animal’s expression or the way the light hits a paddock.
“These moments are some of the reasons why farmers do what they do, we really do have the best offices in the world.”
Syngenta Australia & New Zealand Managing Director, Paul Luxton, said the diversity in this year’s entries was outstanding, providing a snapshot into the different faces, landscapes and produce behind Australian agriculture.
“Without doubt, Australian farming is a special industry and imagery is one of the best ways we can share it with all Australians, so they can come on a journey with us and better understand where their food and fibre comes from.”
National Agriculture Day – or #AgDayAU – is held on the third Friday of November each year.