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Mike Stephens, Jim Brennan and Graham Spackman.
Mike Stephens, Jim Brennan and Graham Spackman.

LAST week the national president of the Australian Institute of Agriculture Science and Technology was in Emerald to dispel the belief that Australian farming is a dying industry.

After a tour of the family owned 2PH Farms on Wednesday, Mike Stephens addressed a packed dinner at the Meteor Inn on the future of Australian farming, dismissing six myths that he believed were bringing the industry down.

"2PH is an outstanding family business," Mr Stephens said.

"They are showing good leadership in the agricultural industry and proving it is choice, not chance that equals success.

"Large corporate-type family operations like 2PH are the future of Australian agriculture."

He said it was a false notion that overseas corporations were now controlling Australian farming.

"Ninety-seven per cent of Australian farms with a GFI exceeding $500,000 a year are family owned," Mr Stephens said.

"The myth that family farms have no future is just one of a few that need to be killed in order to get Australian agriculture moving forward. This is a sunrise industry, not a sunset industry. It is about choices."


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