AUSTRALIAN grain farmers are banding together to deliver humanitarian support for Ukrainian farmers and farming communities.
The Aussie Grain4Ukraine appeal has been launched today with a shout-out for Australian grain farmers to display Ukraine flags on their farm machinery during seeding.
Aussie farmers are also being urged to share images of their flags and machines on social media with the #AUSSIEGRAIN4UKRAINE hashtag.
To back the cause, Australian grain producers can donate grain delivered from this year’s winter harvest via a dedicated Grower Delivery Card in the National Grower Register system.
A farmer-led sub-committee of Grain Producers Australia (GPA) has been formed to drive the fundraising campaign and direct targeted humanitarian support in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Sub-committee spokesperson and South Australian grain farmer James Stacey said the idea was seeded on social media, when grain producers and other industry members wanted to find ways of supporting their Ukrainian grain-farming peers.
“Grain prices have gone up due to this conflict and we want to contribute some of this upside to the greater good of humanity,” Mr Stacey said.