For delegates it is about passion
FOR the Northern Rivers delegates there, this week's NSW Farmers Conference is a succession of small victories, some passionate debates and a perfect chance to catch up with old mates.
This is the sixth time Alstonville farmer and Far North Coast District Council Secretary Kath Robb has been to the annual event, the largest and most important on the Farmers Association calendar.
“I get asked by people (at home) who are not primary producers when I walk down the street about how it went,” Mrs Robb said.
“It's great social interaction and you are able to sit down and have a chat with somebody from a different background and sector.”
Chris Magner from the Casino branch said it was important for regional farmers to have a strong presence considering the far north coast was the most agriculturally diverse area in NSW.
“We have a fair interest in a heap of different issues,” he said.
Among the attendees was Mark Hooton, who experienced his first ever Farmers Conference.
“The major concern we have is in 10 years, there will be 4000 less landholders but there will be huge increases in food production. How are we going to come up with that production when the costs are going in the opposite direction?”
The Northern Rivers delegates said their win to suppress a motion over cattle ticks, a universal policy on wild dog control and debates on the carbon tax were highlights of the conference so far.
And on their arrival home this weekend, they expect to report to their fellow rural land holders.