This year's AgQuip will have two new additions to the program.
The first is the Agriculture, Innovation, and Marketing (AIM) Centre, designed to provide an opportunity for farming families, landholders, primary producers, and small farm holders to attend free workshops and seminars covering mental health, general health, rural relief funding, innovation products, trends, and hot topics.
This centrally located building will allow AgQuip rural support groups and exhibitors to access the AIM Centre free of charge over the three days of the event, and the response from exhibitors has so far been overwhelming.
"Given many parts of Australia and New South Wales is still in the grip of drought, the call for drought relief assistance, mental health, and general health support and 'smarter' farming methods and technology has never been more keenly heard," Rural Events' Kate Nugent said.
"The introduction of the AIM Centre will allow non-profit organisations, agribusinesses, and services to raise awareness and workshop ideas to a captive audience in a relaxed, pressure-free environment."
The second addition to AgQuip 2019 is the Rural Relief precinct, which includes several rural and regional support organisations that provide an opportunity to highlight and share some lifesaving preventative health and safety information, rural aid, food parcels and on-site help to apply for drought relief assistance.
The call for drought relief assistance, mental health, and general health support and 'smarter' farming methods and technology has never been more keenly heard.Kate Nugent, Rural Events
There will be the Salvation Army, Centacare, Men's Health Educational Rural Van (MERV), Outback Alternative Training, Woolworths, Variety, Royal Far West, Little Angles and Old McDonalds Farm to entertain the children.
Ms Nugent said the creation of the AIM Centre and the Rural Relief precinct was in response to current circumstances and the need to show support to farming families and rural communities in tough times.
"Both elements offer a change of pace, a place where the primary industry and professionals of the land can gather to promote and share common interests. Because AgQuip attracts farmers from a wide area, it is a unique opportunity to talk to them to ensure they are aware of the support.
"Speakers will share presentations filled with take-home strategies developed from their business and life journey. The message is simple and so very important at a time when stress is seen as normal, and depression is commonplace."
- Entrance gates to AgQuip are open from 9am to 5pm on Tuesday 20 August, and Wednesday 21 August and on Thursday 22 August from 9 am to 4 pm.
- AIM Centre sessions start at 10 am daily.