Farmers are important people who contribute in many ways to the running of everyday life. Whether we realise it or not, we rely on farmers every day such as dairy farmers for milk, poultry farmers for eggs and meat, cattle graziers for beef, cotton and sheep farmers for our clothes, bee keepers for honey and the list goes on. There’s even a whole range of people who support agriculture like harvesting contractors, agronomists, truck drivers and rural businesses who all play their part in putting food on our tables and clothes on our backs.
I know how hard the life of a farmer and their family can be at times as I have grown up being surrounded by the farming life and atmosphere. Whether it be my uncles and Pop harvesting sorghum with their headers or my very own Dad picking cotton with the cotton picker. The job of a farmer can be twenty-four hours a day seven days a week for most of the year and is a job that you need to be dedicated too.
Farmers do a lot for everyone in the world and I believe they should be recognised to show their hard working achievements. My dad was recently recognised in a State-wide newspaper for his cotton crop. I loved seeing his face light up and how he felt when everyone shared how proud and excited they were for him to be recognised for all his hard work.
As the saying goes ‘Every family needs a farmer’ without them we would have nothing to eat, no clothes to wear and our country would be lost without them.
Check out “Get back to me” a video posted on Youtube by Qld Country Life as a great tribute to what our farmers do.