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Tocal Field Days to be “better than ever”

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Tocal Field Days will receive a helping hand next year, thanks to a federal government package.

A total of $2.7 million in funding has been announced for Australian field days cancelled due to COVID-19 by the Deputy Prime Minister, Michael McCormack, and the Minister for Agriculture, David Littleproud. 

The package allows organisers of each field days event to apply for $70,000.

Tocal Field Days was scheduled to be held in early May. Manager Wendy Franklin said the funding was a welcome boost for rural and regional Australia. 

“Field days play a vital role in educating the community about the importance of agriculture and make a valuable contribution to social fabric and the economy of rural and regional communities,” Ms Franklin said.  

Tocal Field Days Manager Wendy Franklin.

“This funding will help ensure we can continue to return bigger and better than ever for our local communities,” she said.  

The Tocal event attracted more than 21,000 visitors and suppliers and put $40,000 back into community groups last year.

“Field days also connect farmers to suppliers and each other to facilitate innovation and best practice farming,” Ms Franklin said.  

“Tocal Field Days has been operating for 36 years through floods, drought, fires and, with support, we will not let coronavirus destroy this important community event.”   

The next event is scheduled to go from 30 April to 2 May 2021. 

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