Responsibility and commitment goes way beyond their farms, crops and
livestock, many are passionate “Agvocates” playing vital roles in
their communities and society. The fact is farmers have the power to
shape and change our society, indeed our futures.
We are all living in a changing, sometimes challenging world, so farmers have to be entrepreneurial, industrious, versatile and determined. We’ve noticed that many of the farmers we spend time with are:
- Passionate farming advocates
- Attentive to detail, and
Meet four farmers who embody these traits in different ways, championing initiatives which celebrate or support food and farming - read their inspiring stories.
Investing in farm diversification, tourism and the community
James Walker farms sheep, arable and tourists near Longreach in the far west of Queensland. Like many farmers, he lived through the worst of times in the recent five-year Australian drought. When the drought eventually broke in March 2016, his three-year old son experienced his first rain and the slow return of livestock to their fields – neither of which he had ever seen in his young life. James is a farmer with masses of enthusiasm and vision. Rather than dwell on having to de-stock his farm, he and his brother, Dan, focused on three things – investing in their personal futures and that of the farm, investing in the resilience of the local community and developing innovative ideas to take them into the future. They started farm visits for tourists, launched the first ever outback yacht club – 1,050km from the closest coast – and James used the time to study for a Nuffield Farming Scholarship entitled ‘Linking production and financial metrics in agriculture’. Together with others in the local community, the duo is working towards developing tourism and other industries to ensure the longevity and success of their community.