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The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is encouraging people across Gippsland to join celebrations to mark national agriculture day next Tuesday, November 21.

“National Ag Day is a time to celebrate our farmers and their contribution to our communities, our nation and the economy,” Mr Chester said.

“It’s also a day to acknowledge the supply chain industries that also make such an important contribution to the farm sector and its success.

“In Gippsland, we have some of the most innovative farmers and productive agricultural land which provides a diverse range of products to markets in Australia and overseas.”

Communities across the country are being encouraged to mark Ag Day in their own way. Possibilities include a lunch comprising local produce, a community barbeque, forums or an industry expo.

Executive Chairman of the Hancock Prospecting Group and Executive Chairman of the Kidman and Co, Ms Gina Rhinehart, first proposed National Agriculture and Related Industries Day.

The day is supported by the National Farmers Federation and the Federal Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. It was officially launched in September.

Awareness of the day will be promoted through social media and all Australians are being encouraged to take part by using the hashtag, #AgDay.

“On-farm agriculture production in Australia was valued at $60 billion last financial year,” Mr Chester said.

“Agriculture is our second largest export industry and drives our regional towns and communities.”

“National Ag Day is a time to stop and reflect on the great things being achieved by those who work in the agriculture sector and those who work hard in support industries to help drive its success.”

For more information or ideas for your own event, visit www.agday.org.au.

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