Data shows farmers are more progressive and engaged than many city folk

2 January 2019

Peter Hunt, The Weekly Times
2 January 2019

THE urban myth that farmers are a bunch of ageing rural red-necks living in isolation on their land has been well and truly busted.

But the growing disconnect between rural and urban Australians mean it’s a battle to debunk the myth, despite survey and census data showing 20-30 per cent of farmers live in towns and regional cities, are more engaged with their communities than city folk and often more progressive, less religious and increasingly female.

Of the 34,388 people who in the last census claimed farming was their primary occupation, 9878 were female, with even more women claiming it as their secondary occupation.

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