For farmer Harley Crawford, agriculture and farming has been a way of life in his family for over 100 years.
The Crawford’s, which includes Harley’s parents, brother and sister, operate the family property between Trangie and Narromine. They grow cotton during summer and during winter grow wheat, barley, chickpeas and canola.
“A typical day on the family farm will be a catch-up in the morning at the sheds for a toolbox meeting to sort the day out and then out into the paddocks,” Harley said.
“At the moment we are into harvesting wheat which is a busy and exciting time of the year. Depending on the time of year our roles on the farm will change, which will vary from sowing irrigating picking and harvesting.”
Harley said the Australian agricultural industry is large and diverse, generating a lot of employment, food and clothing across the country.
According to the Food, Fibre & Forestry Facts: A Summary of Australia’s Agriculture Sector each year, on average each Australian farmer feeds 600 people.
The publication also reveals Australian agriculture powers 1.6 million Australian jobs and Australian farmers manage 48 per cent of the nation’s landmass.
Harley said it was great knowing a national day was held to celebrate farmers.
“Australian farmers and the industry need to be recognised for there ability to adapt, innovate and form successful collaborations will continue with sustainable food security,” he said.
“It’s important for people to recognise where their food and clothing comes from, how its is produced and the supply chains that deliver it to the shelf.”
Harley said today agriculture is very sophisticated and a highly technical industry and in Australia it has been one of the most innovative and efficient industries.
“This year has been a tough, dry year but these are the challenges that Australian farmers have to face,” he said.
“We are getting better and more efficient at growing crops with limited rainfall, which is an exciting challenge for farmers and the industry.”