Emma In Narrabri By Emma Rice (Cream of the Crop entrant)
The heart of the north-west.
By Emma Rice
Where is Narrabri?
Narrabri is in the northern area of the north-
west slopes and plains and about 2 hours
north-west of Tamworth.
The Narrabri area is well known for being a
major cotton producer, and is on the Namoi
Narrabri is also fairly well known for the
“Federation Farm” that supports schools and
uses the town sewage to irrigate their crops.
A family property.
Murrumbilla is the property that my grandparents own.
They now own only about 3500 acres, but in its
original days it was about 8500 acres. We are about
25 km’s east of Narrabri.
Murrumbilla was a farm used to produce many
agricultural products, mainly Wheat and Sheep, which
led to wool and lamb (meat). A few sheep are run here
now. Murrumbilla also produces a lot of Olives, Beef,
To me this means…
To me agriculture is an important part of every day life.
We get meat from cattle or sheep or pigs or maybe
even deer, or possibly kangaroo.
We make bread from flour which is made from either
wheat or corn which are originally produced in an
We get milk from cows who are milked in a dairy.
We get clothes from cotton and it also comes from a
All these things and more don’t originally come from
shops, the shops source the original product from a
farm, whether it be: Wheat, Dairy, Beef or Cotton.
So next time you’re walking through a shop looking at all
the things on the shelf, thank the farmers and think
of all the work they put in, and just how little they
There is a lot of advertising about buying Australian
products. It’s all to do with supporting our farmers
and our economy rather than imported products from
The solution to this problem is as the advertisement
says: “Buy Australian products”.
And where possible buy local or grow your own. The
product will be a lot fresher and in doing so will have
Importance in Agriculture
Agriculture is important to me because it is one of the
basics we need to survive.
It is our only food source and we all need food to
But we also need water and that is one thing that we
don’t have a lot of at the moment, mainly due to the
lack of rain.
Farmers use water too, to irrigate crops, for their
cattle to drink, or their sheep.
The Solution – Save Water
So to help our Farmers here are five ways to save
1. Turn off the tap whilst cleaning your teeth
2. Have short showers
3. Turn off lights when they're not needed (coal
mining uses a lot of water)
4. Water plants and gardens late in the evening/after
dark, that way the water is less likely to evaporate.
5. Put guttering and a rainwater tank on your house,
buildings and work place.
So take note…
So you can now see how and why agriculture is
important to not only me and my community
but the whole world, so to keep agriculture as
it is we need to:
• Save water
• Save energy, coal mining is taking a lot of
• Buy Australian only.
PLATINUM GOLD SILVER
BRONZE MEDIA SPONSOR
& Albion Park
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