Agriculture ready to hit this year for six

View From the Paddock: Ag ready to hit 2020 for a six

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An agricultural-led recovery seems to be on the horizon.

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Youth agvocate Callan Daley.

Youth agvocate Callan Daley.

An agricultural-led recovery seems to be on the horizon.

As an industry we have weathered the blow of COVID-19 and in many cases have managed to improve our businesses in the process as the world continues to rely on us for high quality, fresh Australian produce.

Prices are high in many sectors and we seem to be considering the notion of a less export reliant market that is less vulnerable to tariff hikes and unstable international relations.

All in all it appears that there is a bright future ahead for agriculture as we carve a path in the tumultuous climate that we have been thrown into.

However, don't get caught in the rush. It can be so easy to get wrapped up in the process of progress.

Make sure to take the time to look behind you, around you.

It's okay to take a breather and evaluate your direction and goals.

Momentum is only useful with direction and we all need something to aim for, to get us out of bed in the morning and set our sights on.

Is now, during a positive period for agriculture, not the best time to take a look at the lessons learnt over the last 6 to 12 months?

Have we worked on improving the language we use and perception we have when talking about agriculture?

Have we opened our network to include those seeking jobs from other industries and have a plethora of valuable skills to offer?

These are just some of the questions I have been considering during a period of self-evaluation and reflection that I realise is needed as the year is quickly about to pass the three-quarter mark.

We really don't get many chances like this to capitalise on an opportunity of the magnitude we're looking at.

The world has been shaken and while settling has left a bigger spot for agriculture to step in as a role model industry for stability and investment.

The end of 2020 will feel distinctly different from most years previously and we will have to accommodate for this when planning the future.

Luckily, as an industry, we're on a good wicket. I'm keen to hit this year for a six.

- Callan Daley, youth agvocate

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