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It’s a full house at AgQuip 2019

Sometimes it’s easy to forget just how vital farming is to Australia. Both economically and culturally.

According to the National Farmers Federation, the agricultural sector, at farm-gate, contributes 3% to Australia’s total gross domestic product (GDP). The gross value of which was a staggering $60B in 2016-17.

As of 2016-17 there was 304,200 people directly employed in Australian agriculture with the complete supply chain providing over 1.6M jobs to the Australian economy.

This is reflected in the fact that once again Australia’s premier field days AgQuip has a “full house.” Every exhibit site has been filled and every inch of space allocated.

Organisers are delighted with this because it signals continued faith in a rural sector despite the current drought conditions.

“This is a positive sign,” said Ms Kate Nugent, Group Manager, Australian Community Media’s Rural Events division. “Companies that haven’t been with us for a while have returned, existing companies have expanded their display areas and the demand from new exhibitors has been significant.”

Farming affects all of us in Australia, whether it be directly or indirectly - and a visit to AgQuip perfectly illustrates the importance of farming as a part of our nation’s culture and heritage.

Entrance gates to AgQuip are open from 9am to 5pm on Tuesday August 20 and Wednesday August 21 and on Thursday August 22 from 9am to 4pm.

For more information, contact the organisers Rural Events team on (02) 6742 0000, email agquip@austcommunitymedia.com.au or go to web site www.agquip.com.au or facebook.com/agquip.

Media Contact: Sara Crowe, C7EVEN, 0438 197 559

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Two new additions to the agquip program to help support farmers in need

The Agriculture, Marketing & Innovation (AIM) Centre and the Rural Relief Precinct have been designed with farmers in mind.

This year AgQuip organisers are proud to introduce two new elements to the program. The first – the Agriculture, Innovation, and Marketing (AIM) Centre - designed to provide an opportunity for all 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.

Courtesy of Rural Events, this centrally located building enables 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 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,” said Ms Kate Nugent, Group Manager for the Rural Events division of Australian Community Media.

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. All in the heart of Australia’s largest field day!

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.

There will be the Salvation Army, Centracare, 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 – and more.

Ms. Nugent said the creation of the AIM Centre and the Rural Relief precinct was in response to our current circumstances and the need to show support to our farming families and rural communities in these 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 that is available to them when the times get tough.”

Several speakers will share authentic, inspiring, and sometimes confronting 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 9 am to 5 pm on Tuesday 20 August, and Wednesday 21 August and on Thursday 22 August from 9 am to 4 pm – and the AIM Centre sessions start at 10 am daily.

For more information, contact the organisers Rural Events team on (02) 6742 0000, email agquip@austcommunitymedia.com.au or go to web site www.agquip.com.au or facebook.com/agquip.

Media Contact: Sara Crowe, 0438 197 599


AgQuip’s Innovation and Optimism

For many people on the land, the drought has been a disaster.  For a few, it has spelled a bitter end, for others a smashing or postponement of long-cherished dreams.  For most people in the bush, it has created huge problems.

But this drought has not broken the spirit of rural Australia says Ms Kate Nugent, Group Manager, Australian Community Media’s Rural Events Division.

“You only have to come and have a look at the AgQuip field days.  A near-record number of exhibitors at this year’s event reflects the certainty that the land will flower again, and Australian farmers and graziers will use their increasing awareness and environmental skills to utilise and conserve the riches Australia has been blessed with.

For some 47 years, optimism and hope have shared the AgQuip field days with innovation and new knowledge and this year, despite the drought, it is no different and AgQuip will continue to showcase new equipment, and technology, to offer hope for an expanding and exciting future.    

Ms Nugent believes visitors to this year’s event will be focused on how they can continue to develop and improve efficient farming practices, to drought-proof and be on the lookout for products and services to meet these needs.

“The sheer size, product/service range, diversity and national positioning of AgQuip offers unmatched marketing opportunities providing primary industry in Australia with an unparalleled opportunity to increase its already high efficiency,” Ms Nugent said.

AgQuip will be staged over three big days from Tuesday to Thursday, 20 to 22 August on its dedicated field day site, 8 kilometres west of Gunnedah, NSW – with free admission and free car parking.

Further information can be obtained from the organisers, Rural Events on (02) 6742 0000, email agquip@austcommunitymedia.com.au, facebook.com/agquip or visit the website www.agquip.com.au

Media Contact: Sara Crowe, 0438 197 599


something for everyone at AgQuip 2019

To complement the vast array of agricultural products on the field, there is an impressive display of lifestyle related products to be found in the Samsung Lifestyle Shopping Arcade, outdoor Market Place and AgQuip Pavilion at AgQuip 2019.

Group Manager, Australian Community Media’s Rural Events Division, Ms Kate Nugent stated “With more to see and do than ever before in the SamSung Lifestyle Precinct, AgQuip does offer something for everyone, and farmers are encouraged to bring the whole family along.

“We hope people at AgQuip will take the opportunity to share all that is on offer at the field day.  It is a bit a bit of mixed bag of a year, having come off another hot summer, and a number of states still heavily drought affected we are hoping the event brings some optimism along with it”.

To cater for the growing demand, this year the Samsung Shopping Arcade and Market Place have been re-configured to showcase over hundred lifestyle exhibitors offering a wide range of products from electronics to eye wear, hats to holidays.

Aged care, bedding and furniture, breweries, glassware, floor cleaners, gardening equipment, handy gadgets, hearing care, kitchen appliances, health care, kites, photography, roof restoration, schools, sharpening equipment, skin care, TV and AV electronics, water filtration, wine and many more products and services will be available.

The Shopping Arcade (SA) and the Market Place (MP) located on row AA-BB row will be of particular interest to women from the land featuring belts, boots, clothing, cosmetics, giftware, homewares, jewellery, skincare, sunglasses, along with speciality foods, refreshments and more.

The AgQuip Pavilion located on row BB/9-10 features essential services with the AgQuip Information Centre courtesy of the Gunnedah Shire Council, along with the Gunnedah Red Cross Parenting Room for the mums and dads and their little ones.  It also carries St John Ambulance First Aid, boarding schools, government services, insurance and more.

The Samsung Lifestyle Shopping Arcade, Market Place, AgQuip Pavilion on BB row will be open, together with all exhibits at AgQuip, daily on Tuesday and Wednesday from 9am to 5pm and on Thursday from 9am to 4pm.

For further information, call in and see the organisers, Rural Events, on-site at Headquarters (HQ) on Y-Z/21  or phone 02 6742 0000, facebook.com/agquip.

Media Contact: Sara Crowe, 0438 197 599

AgQuip -  Samsung Lifestyle Shopping Arcade

AgQuip - Samsung Lifestyle Shopping Arcade


Be in the know with the AgQuip App and Radio

Thousands of companies and hundreds of demonstrations and events can be hard to keep track of, but visitors to AgQuip won’t miss a thing by downloading the AgQuip App and tuning into AgQuip radio FM106.7. 

AgQuip 2019 is the biggest Agri-event in Australia that anyone on the land simply cannot afford to miss – with more than 3000 individual companies and organisations exhibiting and over 100,000- potential customers expected through the gates over the three days.

To help visitors navigate the largest field day site in the country, AgQuip has a free smartphone app –easy-to-use information and research tool that is not only designed for pre-planning a visit but most importantly it is a handy on-site “mate.” 

Visitors will be able to download and use an iPhone or android AgQuip app, packed with handy onsite features including a complete, searchable and up-to-date exhibitor list with their site locations. This year we have captured more companies on site – with exhibitors providing their brand name product suppliers.

Group Manager, Australian Community Media’s Rural Events division, Ms. Kate Nugent said: “The app will have the capability of searching specific exhibitors’ products – with built-in site maps and on-site tools to help you work your way around the field day static display area.”

Similarly, AgQuip FM 106.7 has everything visitors need to know about Australia’s premier primary industry field days.

“We will be reminding our visitors about the many rural and regional support organisations who have been invited to participate in this year’s event and assist farmers in applying for drought funding relief.  This includes regular updates on the new AIM Centre program covering drought relief assistance, mental health, and general health support and smart farm methods and technology.

“There will be regular updates on the hour of all demos and activities taking place, as well as exhibitor special deals, new product and service information, live interviews, visitor service, and amenities reminders – all that makes AgQuip so valuable for people on the land,” Ms. Nugent added. 

Even those who haven’t yet made it to the event will benefit from AgQuip FM 106.7.

“Visitors will be able to pick up the station as they’re nearing the field by road so that they can prepare for their visit and keep up-to-date with road conditions and hazards with information supplied by NSW Police,” explained Ms. Nugent. 

AgQuip will be held at its purpose-built 32-hectare site eight kilometres west of Gunnedah NSW from 20 to 22 August 2019.

Car parks are open from 7.30am daily, with public entry on to the static display grid from 9 am.  It’s free admission.

Entrance gates to AgQuip are open from 9 am to 5 pm on Tuesday 20 August, and Wednesday 21 August and on Thursday 22 August from 9 am to 4 pm – and the AIM Centre sessions start at 10 am daily.

For more information, contact the organisers Rural Events team on (02) 6742 0000, email agquip@austcommunitymedia.com.au or go to web site www.agquip.com.au or facebook.com/agquip.

Media Contact: Sara Crowe, 0438 197 599


The countdown is on to the most anticipated Agri-event of the year

With less than 24 hours until the gates open on another sold-out AgQuip, organisers are expecting an equally powerful response from visitors. 

“This year, we have 673 product and service categories and over 3,000 top Australian agricultural, general interest, lifestyle and leisure brands on display,” said Kate Nugent, Group Manager, Australian Community Media’s Rural Events division. 

“Add to that, and we have established the AIM Centre (Agriculture, Innovation, and Marketing) and Rural Relief Precincts to answer the call for drought relief assistance, mental health and general health support as well as access to ‘smarter’ farming methods and technology.”

Spanning a huge 32-hectares, AgQuip has been the launchpad for many new Agri-products and services for the past 47 years, and 2019 is no exception. 

When you think you’ve seen it all, there’s a whole new world of Case IH to see this year, with six new machines and pieces of equipment to be revealed.

Clipex will be releasing multiple new products and prototypes on-site, and AgCo Australia’s new Fendt 900 Gen 6 series will be making its Australian debut. 

“It’s reassuring for our rural communities, that despite the current drought conditions, innovations in technology and farming techniques that have helped to drive the phenomenal success of Australian farming over the past decades continues and determination and interest in keeping up-to-date with new developments is strong,” reveals Ms. Nugent. 

Also launching new products is Active Machinery who be launching a new model loader, and Coolaman who will be launching the first spreader chaser multi-purpose machine. 

AusWest Seeds will be releasing Ecotain – a new forage plantain suited to all livestock.  It offers high-quality forage for growing animals or lactation and can be planted in straight stands as a companion herb or used to top up temperature struggling pastures after drought. 

DOM is launching its new range of earth scrapers from Ashland Industries, and Airborne Australia is pleased to present to AgQuip the Italian range of Magni Gyrocopters and Airborne Microlights which are manufactured in Australia and perfectly designed for crop, fence line, and live-stock inspections.

“AgQuip is one of the most efficient and effective, face to face means of exchanging and introducing new information, innovation and ideas to our farmers and primary industry entrepreneurs who stand on the frontline of the exciting, but sometimes uncertain, new world,” said Ms. Nugent. 

AgQuip will be held at its purpose-built 32-hectare site eight kilometres west of Gunnedah NSW from 20 to 22 August 2019.

Car parks are open from 7.30am daily, with public entry on to the static display grid from 9 am.  It’s free admission.

Entrance gates to AgQuip are open from 9 am to 5 pm on Tuesday 20 August, and Wednesday 21 August and on Thursday 22 August from 9 am to 4 pm – and the AIM Centre sessions start at 10 am daily.

For more information, contact the organisers Rural Events team on (02) 6742 0000, email agquip@austcommunitymedia.com.au or go to web site www.agquip.com.au or facebook.com/agquip.

Media Contact: Sara Crowe, 0438 197 599


Optimistic farmers flock to AgQuip

Despite challenging farming conditions with the continued dry across parts of Australia, this year’s AgQuip field days has confirmed its place as the pre-eminent rural and agricultural marketing event in Australia.

Group Manager of organisers Australian Community Media Rural Events, Kate Nugent said with an ever-increasing concern for the land, the exhibitor numbers for the event were at a premium with support from over 3,000 companies who were represented on site.

This optimism and faith in our agricultural industry was also reflected in an unexpected level of sales reported by a range of agri-product and service companies.  Once again and most importantly, AgQuip delivered strongly with sales leads.

Reported off stand sales covered all types of farming equipment and agri-support services and included examples such as one company which sold a number of giant $250,000 automonous spray units, tractors, tools, livestock handling equipment, as well as a rock picker company which reported ‘the best field day ever’.

Despite windy conditions on the last day of the event, well over 100,000 farming professionals are estimated to have visited the huge site near Gunnedah in the heart of the rich agricultural region in the NSW state’s North West.

Many visitors travelled long distances, some over 1200 kms, to attend the free event and organisers say that this year it was evident that many professionals on the land were spending more than just one day in an effort to cover the enormous 32 hectare static display site, the 20 hectare parking area and additional farm machinery, drone, UTV and quad bike demonstration areas.

In addition to professional marketing, AgQuip hosts many other activities including the new and successful Rural Relief precinct, the working dog demonstrations, Brownhill Cup recognising innovation in sustainability and profitability and numerous agri-product launches.  A special purpose-built Agriculture, Innovation, and Marketing (AIM) Centre proved very popular – delivering daily information and support about mental health, general health, rural relief funding, innovation products and working with drought.

AgQuip started in 1973 at the Gunnedah Showground.  In 1976 it moved to its present site west of Gunnedah, where over the years constant improvements have made the permanent site one of the best outdoor rural venues in the world.

Farming affects all of us in Australia, whether it be directly or indirectly - and this year’s increased visitation to AgQuip perfectly illustrates the importance of farming as a part of our nation’s culture and heritage – and respite and mateship for our farming families with a day (or two) off the farm.

Dates for the 48th Anniversary AgQuip (2020) will be staged on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday August 18, 19 and 20  at Gunnedah NSW, Koala Capital of Australia.

For more information, contact the organisers Rural Events team on (02) 6768 5800, email agquip@austcommunitymedia.com.au or go to web site www.agquip.com.au or facebook.com/agquip.


AGQUIP 2019 FAST FACTS

AgQuip Field Days is celebrating its 47th anniversary - from 1973 to 2019

  • AgQuip is Australia’s biggest field days and one of the largest agri-events in the world

  • AgQuip is Australia’s premier primary industry field days

  • AgQuip is recognised as an agricultural epic life event, reflecting the economic and cultural importance of the nation’s rural community – the most anticipated agri-event of the year

  • AgQuip has its own App – go to Apple App Store or Google Play to download your free copy

  • AgQuip has its own Radio Station – AgQuip FM 106.7– which commences transmission during the event

  • AgQuip is an unique national event offering free visitor admission and free parking

  • Opening hours are from 9am to 5pm on Tuesday and Wednesday – with an earlier closing on Thursday from 9am to 4pm

  • Parking areas will open from 7.30am – with services available for early arrivals

  • Size of the static display area is 32 hectares

  • Demonstration areas include the Soil Conservation Dam Construction demonstration area, Machinery demonstration area, 4WD demonstration area, Motorbike / UTV demonstration area, Drone demonstration area, Horse Handling demonstration area and Working Dog demonstration area

  • Visitors travel over 601 kilometres to attend AgQuip – with many overseas visitors attending each year from China, New Zealand, Canada, Argentina, USA, Europe

  • Top 5 products and services of interest at AgQuip are farm machinery, tools, livestock, farm vehicles, clothing.

  • In 2019 the organisers have introduced the new Rural Relief precinct inviting several rural and regional support organisations to provide some lifesaving preventative health and safety information, on-site help to apply for drought relief assistance for farmers and families.

  • In 2019 the organisers have introduced the new Agriculture, Innovation and Marketing (AIM) Centre – the call for drought relief assistance, mental health and general health support and ‘smarter’ farming methods and technology has never been more keenly heard. The AIM Centre will allow non-profit organisations, agri businesses and services to raise awareness and also workshop ideas to a captive audience in a relaxed, pressure free environment

  • Organisers this year are again expecting attendance of more than 100,000 visitors

  • AgQuip offers the best steak sandwiches in the nation - see the Site Plan in the AgQuip Official Guide book which provides a location map of all food, drink and coffee outlets

  • AgQuip offers a free shuttle bus service in the car parks and on site over the days of the event

  • AgQuip runs a free parcel pick-up service for visitors

  • Don’t miss a visit to the Samsung Lifestyle Precinct which includes the Shopping Arcade and Market Place featuring over 150 lifestyle, general interest and leisure exhibitors.

  • AgQuip has a Parents Room, provided by the Gunnedah Red Cross – located in the AgQuip Pavilion

  • AgQuip has a Visitor Information Centre, provided by the Gunnedah Shire Council – located in the AgQuip Pavilion

  • Each year the event features a number of agri-product launches and new releases. Check the Activities Program, featured in this AgQuip Official Guide

  • In 2019, the organisers have activated the new Waste Wise program, sponsored by J R Richards

  • This year we have new sponsors including Clipex, Volvo Penta, Samsung, Soil Conservation, Kubota, J R Richards, Telstra, The Land Newspaper, Country Leader, North West Magazine, Northern Daily Leader, Namoi Valley Independent, WIN TV – please offer your support, as our sponsors are committed to supporting rural / regional Australia

For more information about AgQuip 2019, please contact the organisers Australian Community Media - Rural Events on phone 02 6768 5800, email agquip@austcommunitymedia.com.au, www.facebook.com/agquip