Farmgate pricing, cost of living and mental health

Aussie Farmer

The issue of grocery prices—specifically the difference between what consumers pay and what farmers receive for the food they produce—is more than financial.

Families operate an estimated 99% of Australian farms. They are the backbone of Australian agriculture but their incomes continue to shrivel among crashing prices and soaring costs. While food prices have been historically high for too long, the issue of farmgate pricing is profound—and more than a financial matter.

Last year, almost a third of Aussie farmers reported a decline in their mental health over the past few years. Close to half have thought about self-harm or suicide, while almost a third have attempted self-harm or suicide. Farmers are twice as likely to die by suicide when compared to the general population. Top factors impacting farmer mental health include 1) financial stress, 2) inflation and cost pressures, and 3) weather or natural disasters.

The true impact of farm gate prices contributing to financial stress is immense and irreversible for families, communities and Queensland. For many reasons it can be difficult for farmers to get help and support for mental health issues, including rural medical workforce challenges, distance and reluctance to receive mental health care due to stigma and a culture of self-reliance.

Farming families are crucial to food security and yet three in four farmers believe their role is undervalued by the Australian public. Last year we found that one in two adults from Brisbane and Southeast Queensland rarely or only sometimes considered what was involved to grow and produce quality food.

Tash Kocks, CEO

Since January 2024, the Aussie Helpers’ team has worked tirelessly to raise awareness about the hidden cost of farmgate pricing with policy makers and influencers to champion meaningful change. Our advocacy efforts in this space have only just begun but we’re committed to seeing it through. The status quo can’t continue.

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Helping Aussie farming families this Christmas

Like millions of Aussies right now, many farmers are struggling. And, as hotter and drier conditions return, we’re anticipating more farmers will need our help than ever before.

It’s a tragic irony that farmers work from sun-up to sunset to feed our families—and yet many will struggle to afford a Christmas lunch and gifts for their loved ones.

There are many ways to helps us to help Aussie farming families in need this Christmas, including donating funds, donating goods, volunteering, fundraising and partnering.

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We’re here to help you and your families

Times are really tough for farming families across Australia.

Please know that you’re not alone.

With the help of our donors, partners and volunteers, we’re doing everything we can to support you through this tough time and bring a smile to your family this Christmas.

If you’re a farmer and would like to register for support this Christmas, please complete the form below.

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Supporting schools in farming communities

With the help of our donors, partners and sponsors, we’re committed to extending Brekkie in a Bag to support even more schools in farming communities in 2024.

We are pleased to confirm that Sanitarium and The Big Little Dairy Company have generously agreed to support Brekkie in a Bag in first semester 2024 and we are actively seeking further support to extend the program and ensure we can keep up with an increasing demand.

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With the help of our donors, partners and sponsors, we’re committed to extending Brekkie in a Bag to support even more schools in farming communities in 2024.