Celebrating history of family farming

The NATIONAL Farmers’ Federation is encouraging Australians to join with them in celebrating the International Year of Family Farming.

NFF president Brent Finlay said family farms remained the heart and soul of agriculture in Australia.

“Ninety-nine percent of Australian farms are family owned and operated," Mr Finlay said.

"And this year, the United Nations-declared International Year of Family Farming, gives us the opportunity to celebrate the enormous contribution these farmers make."

Mr Finlay said 2014 also marks the 35th anniversary of the NFF which has a long and proud history.

The NFF was formed in 1979 as the united national voice for Australian farmers.

To celebrate both occasions, the NFF will again host its biennial conference, the NFF National Congress, in Canberra in October 2014.

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