New network for small farmers

NSW Farmers will strengthen its support for local food and fibre production with the launch of a new small farmer network at the Farming Small Areas Expo in Clarendon this weekend (1-2 November).

The state’s premier farming organisation is the major sponsor at the expo and has designed an exclusive new membership for the growing band of smaller farmers who are producing local food and fibre in NSW.

NSW Farmers’ CEO Matt Brand said the association recognised that small scale farming could be a viable business and lifestyle that contributes to rural communities and local food and fibre production.

“Supporting local food and fibre production and farm viability is firmly behind the ethos of NSW Farmers when it comes to lobbying government and working with other stakeholders in the agricultural industry,” Mr Brand said.

“It is why the team at NSW Farmers and its members fight so hard to protect our land and water from inappropriate coal seam gas and mining activity.

“It is why we fight for sensible changes to native vegetation laws and local environment plans to ensure local farming operations are sustainable - and it is why we lobby so hard to improve truth in labelling laws for produce so that consumers can have an informed choice.

“It is also why we have a team of regional staff who can assist farmers and rural communities on a local level.”

Regional Service Manager David Banham said NSW Farmers represented all farmers great and small.

“Whether you grow oysters in the Hastings River, beef cattle in Bega, vanilla in Coramba or wheat in the west, NSW Farmers represents your bid to produce food and fibre,” Mr Banham said. 

“Now we have specific membership for the smaller landowners who contribute to the diverse range of food produced in New South Wales,” Mr Banham concluded.

The NSW Farmers’ stand at the expo will feature in the main pavilion at the Farming Small Areas Expo which is being held at the Hawkesbury Showground on 1-2 November.

ends

30 OCtober 2014

Contact: Mick Burt

Phone: 0428 228988

Back to top