HMFD Chairman’s welcome message for 2014

September 19, 2014

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Ross Edwards, HMFD chairman

As one of Australia’s longest serving farmer-led co-operatives, the Henty Machinery Field Days has celebrated 50 years of solid growth and now looks beyond the horizon to the next 50 years.

This is not only at the dedicated field days site but also agriculture in general with the rapid advancements in technology and automated intelligent systems.

The challenge for Australian farmers for the next 50 years is to focus on farming smarter, not harder.

It will also be about dealing with the practical challenges of climate change and extreme weather events, changing consumer habits and rising input costs.

This is compounded by increasing urbanisation, mining, water use and population growth.

We believe the family farm remains the backbone of regional Australian communities and will play a pre-eminent role in the future of the nation’s agricultural industry.

We need to ensure our regional communities, both large and small, thrive both economically and socially.

Critical to this is fostering and developing a skill base among our youth choosing to make agriculture their career.

They will be the ones ensuring rural Australia prospers and has a sustainable future as we head toward 2050.

With our clean, green production systems and access to Asian shipping and air terminals, Australia is well placed to lead and feed the world.

With the global demand for protein and fibre rising rapidly, Australia’s wool and prime lamb flock will take a primary role, along with the nation’s ability to supply high quality dairy products, beef, grain, horticultural products, machinery and technological expertise.

As we move forward, the Henty team will continue to liaise with our exhibitors to advance the field days to satisfy their future needs and requirements.

We are indebted to all our major sponsors for their support, and to our staff for their commitment and dedication to ensure the success of the field days.

Henty will always be about providing farmers with innovative ideas and ways to the meet the numerous challenges, so join us to explore agriculture for the next 50 years and beyond.

-Ross Edwards

HMFD chairman