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Cricketing legend Brad Hogg will be highlighting the vital importance of farmers taking a break from the farm, to stay mentally and physically fit, fresh and healthy, when he visits AgQuip tomorrow.

Brad’s attendance at the premier field day event in Northern NSW will also see a new competition launched offering $5000 in prizes. This includes a $2500 first prize for an inspired getaway from the farm and 5 x $500 in travel vouchers, with one each from WA, SA, NSW, Victoria and Queensland.

Enter GPA Holiday Getaway HERE

Brad is National Ambassador of Grain Producers Australia’s Farmer Mates Mental Health initiative which partners GPA with Nufarm, Rural Aid, Lifeline and GrainGrowers, to help make a difference.

The two-time World Cup winner was born and raised on a family farm in WA’s wheatbelt region and is passionate about boosting awareness of mental health and suicide prevention, in regional areas.

Pic: Brad Hogg speaking to the lunch time crowd at last year's AgQuip event.

He’ll be attending AgQuip this week on Wednesday 23 August, speaking at a lunch time event that’s being held in the NSW Farmers Shed (site GH 24/25), from 12.15pm.

Brad will also attend another event earlier on the same day that’s being shared with NSW Farmers, the Grains Research and Development Corporation and NSW Department of Primary Industries: the AgQuip Grower Forum, from 7:30am to 9:00am at the GRDC Site (H30).

GPA Chair and WA grain producer, Barry Large, said Brad’s attendance at field day events shared with GPA’s State Members throughout Australia, along with professional support provided by members of Rural Aid’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Team, was having a genuine impact.

“The theme of this year’s program is all about encouraging farmers and anyone involved in the farming business to remember we all need to plan to get away and take a break,” he said.

“GPA is taking this message very seriously because we understand the genuine benefits it brings.

“That’s why we’re running this competition, to provide some inspirational thinking about where you’d like to go, and a bit of extra motivation.

“We want this competition to encourage everyone to start thinking and planning for their next break away from the farm, be it a short getaway or a longer one, and what they’d love to do.”

Competition details

In 25 words or less, tell us about your ideal holiday or destination away from the farm. Competition is open to permanent residents of Australia aged 18 years and over, who are actively producing grain crops and/or working in a grain producing enterprise. Entries close 28 January 2024.

Other Field Day Events to be attended by Brad, in 2023.

• Yorke Peninsula Field Days, Paskeville, SA, September 26-28

• Elmore Field Days, Elmore, Vic, October 3-5


· Rural Aid’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Team HERE

· GPA’s Farmer Mates Mental Health initiative HERE

· Lifeline’s 24/7 telephone crisis support service is available on 13 11 14

· Mental Health and Wellbeing Team intake line 1300 17 55 94 - Head Office 1300 327 624

· Ducks on the Pond Podcast ‘Convincing your partner (or yourself!) to go on a holiday’ HERE

· Brad Hogg Video Message HERE

· GrainGrowers Farm Safety and Grower Wellbeing Information



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