Opinion: Time to get off farmers’ backs and thank custodians of the land

Raelene HallMidwest Times
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If I had one wish for Christmas, it would be that every person who puts food in their mouth during this festive season considers how they got that food.

Someone, somewhere has produced that food. For argument’s sake, let’s call every person growing any kind of food for your consumption a farmer.

Farming is a tough gig, no matter what you grow or where/how you grow it.

The weather, markets, interest rates, the prices received for products and more are beyond the farmer’s control.

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Those factors that a farmer can control are generally well controlled, such as the condition of soil, welfare of animals and using world’s best practice.

Farmers are innovators and always looking to improve their farming practices. That’s why it is so hard to see the farming/ agricultural industry taking such a battering from so many of their fellow Australians, and some of our governments.

Those who farm the land know how to care for it. They’ve been doing it for generations.

Each generation of farmer has moved forward with new technology and practices to ensure all aspects of their farming is as efficient as possible, while still caring for the environment.

Too many government department employees and politicians fail to grasp the importance of farmers and agriculture to this country.

In 2016-17, the Australian Bureau of Statistics placed the gross value of Australian agriculture at $60.8 billion.

It’s time to take the big stick off the farmers’ backs, start listening to their advice and knowledge, and understand that they, as the custodians of the land they work on, know what they are doing.

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