Tuesday, 21 November is National Agriculture Day, and we want you to join Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) and Primary Producers SA and celebrate our primary industry sector.
There's a lot to sing the praises of – so help us celebrate our farmers, our fishers, our producers, and all the related businesses and organisations who help feed, clothe and grow our social and economic wellbeing across South Australia and the nation.
We think it's time to 'Thank a Farmer SA' and there are a number of ways you can show your appreciation.
- Get informed: Check out PIRSA's fact sheets, videos and education resources all about SA's primary industries below.
- Shout it out: Take a picture or video and show us (and the world) why our farmers are so great. Make sure to use #ThankafarmerSA and #AgDay. And remember to tag us on Twitter: @PIRSA_SA
- Spread the word: Use our posters and social media resources below at your workplace, school or community to share the many, many reasons why we should #ThankafarmerSA.
- Choose SA: And Eat Local. Show your support for our State's farmers by buying local.
- Drive safely: Remember it's the season for slow moving machinery are on our country roads, so be patient and give them a thumbs up as you go by.
- Host an event: Organise a school activity, morning tea or a lunch during the week of 20-24 November or even plan a post-harvest lunch and give our farmers something to look forward to after this busy season. Remember to share it online with #ThankafarmerSA.
- Go fish: Don't forget we're celebrating all our primary industries, which includes our fishing and aquaculture industries. You can even use #ThankafisherSA to show you really care.
- Go national: There are more great ideas on how to celebrate #AgDay at the national Ag Day website.
Reasons to #ThankafarmerSA
Here's a few quick reasons why we need to #ThankafarmerSA
- South Australia's agriculture, food, wine and forestry industries are a vital part of the state's economy – they form our largest export sector and are a major employer.
- In fact, 1 in 5 South Australians are employed in our agriculture, food and wine industries. So whenever you choose SA you are helping keep jobs in our state.
- In 2015–16, the agriculture, food, wine and forestry industries generated about $21 billion in revenue.
- These industries also accounted for 52% of the state's merchandise exports.
You may recognise South Australia's most famous farmers, George the Farmer and Dr Ruby and some of their friends in our banner.
George is a National Agriculture Day Ambassador, and their creators Simone Kain and Ben Hood very kindly provided the illustrations for the design of our inaugural artwork for #ThankafarmerSA.
You will find ideas and resources below to help show your appreciation and learn more about our South Australian farming sector. Be sure to check out George's new song and school resources, created just for this occasion on the George the Farmer Website.
And remember, if you are organising an event you can add it to the national Ag Day website.
Social Media banners
We have a range of sizes for your social media needs.
- Thank a Farmer Facebook tile ()
- Thank a Farmer Facebook Facebook tile - door ()
- Thank a Farmer Facebook frame ()
- Thank a Farmer Facebook frame - add your own words ()
- It's time to #thankafarmerSA Instagram tile ()
- Thank a Farmer Instagram frame ()
- Thank a Farmer Instagram frame – add your own words ()
Posters and signs
- Thank a Farmer - show your appreciation A3 ()
- Thank a Farmer - show your appreciation A4 ()
- Thank a Farmer - blank poster to add your own words ()
PIRSA Industry Toolkit
Use our PIRSA Industry Toolkit to inspire a story, blog, or social media post. Or share our videos in class, at work or across social media with a message to #ThankafarmerSA
Each section of the toolkit contains information and resources including:
- infographics with figures and statistics on major export markets, products and industry credentials
- free professional images for you to use
- key messages and fast facts
- videos showcasing our state
- reports on industry.
Schools and Education
Find free Australian school curriculum-aligned teachers' guides as well as individual printables and fun activity ideas that can be created at home or in the classroom at George the Farmer resources.
Online teaching and learning resources. Check out Primezone, which provides teachers with single-point access to a range of primary industries education resources.
Check out Grain Producer SA's magazine Grain Producer, which profiles the professional and innovative people behind the state's valuable grain growing industry.
The Food & Fibre Education SA (FFESA) is a fantastic education and outreach program engaging students, teachers, careers advisers and the general community in agricultural (food and fibre) science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). FFESA is working in schools (from Year 5 to 12) and with thousands of students to inspire and engage in agriculture learning.