HMFD chairman’s message for 2019

Regional communities have experienced a testing time over the last 18 months, riding out the highs and lows of agriculture.

But, the spirit of the Australian bush is tough and resilient, and when times improve, these communities will flourish again.

Record commodity prices for lambs and wool have certainly helped to cushion the blow in the mixed farming areas of southern NSW.

At Henty 2019, we extend a warm welcome to all our exhibitors, both existing and new, to our agribusiness supermarket, now in its 56th year.

This year we celebrate the 45th anniversary of our Henty Machine of the Year Award.

The award is held in high regard within the industry with many past winners becoming household names.

It reflects the core business of the field days – showcasing innovation and cutting edge technology to the agricultural and wider community.

A few of the highlights for visitors to the field days this year include:

  • The AgriFutures NextGEN panels of guest speakers focusing on future proofing regional communities, agricultural technology advancements and career pathways in agriculture.
  • The Baker Seeds agronomy demonstration site of cereal varieties.
  • The 2019 Natural Fibre Fashion Awards in Country Lifestyle
  • Australian release of the CLAAS LEXION combine harvester
  • 2019 Henty Machine of the Year Award and Greater Hume Council Award
  • Official opening by AgriFutures Australia chair Kay Hull

Most importantly, we promote HMFD not only as an event for the exhibitors to showcase to potential buyers, but as a social meeting place for family and friends to catch up, or have a day away from the farm.

Any event such as this could not exist without our valued sponsors and we extend our thanks to ANZ, Tasco, Telstra, Barlens, The Border Mail, Dunn’s Twin City Cranes, Coates Hire, RB Sellars and Pedigree.

To my fellow directors, our dedicated staff both office and ground, and each and every committee member, plus the many volunteers, thank you one and all.

We also pay tribute to the partners and children in farming families for the important role they play in agriculture.

From headers to high fashion, motorbikes to music, livestock to legumes, and grain equipment to gourmet food – there will be plenty to see and something for everyone.

Nigel Scheetz

HMFD chairman