AUSTRALIAN Association of Agricultural Consultants (AAAC) WA president Ashley Herbert labelled 2020 "the year of Zoom", but more than 160 members and associates met face to face for the annual Outlook conference recently.
While the COVID-19 pandemic caused "major disruption" to many other industries this year, agriculture and particularly broad-acre farming had escaped "relatively unaffected" Mr Herbert said as he opened the conference and welcomed AAAC members and guests.
Agriculture "remains a positive place to be" with good prices likely to help offset low crop yields, continuing good demand and prices for sheep and cattle and strong demand for leased farm land aided by low interest rates, he said.
But COVID-19 had highlighted a need for specialised training programs ahead of harvest to enable people to take on header and tractor driving or other machinery operation roles when needed, Mr Herbert said.
Justyna Balowska (left), senior business advisor Byfields, Grant Bungey, CSBP Fertilisers, Amy Goddard-Borger, senior manager lending services ANZ Bank, Natalie Marchese, agribusiness relationships manager ANZ Bank, Lisa Judson, agribusiness manager ANZ Bank and Emily Dempster, Planfarm grain marketing advisor.
Mark Allington (left), Icon Agriculture's Merino enterprises specialist, Brad Joyce, ConsultAg Northam and soils and fertiliser specialist Wayne Pluske, Equii Consulting.
Trent Butcher (left), ConsultAg Narrogin, agricultural business management student Nicolas Mihura, Edith Cowan University, Garren Knell, ConsultAg Narrogin, Tamara Alexander, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and 4Farmers general manager Neil Mortimore.
NAB agribusiness manager Finley Leach (left), with Farmanco consultants David Ward, Dowerin, Lawrence Carslake, Pingelly and Rob Sands, Mundaring.
Corey Lee (left), Emerald Grain customer relationship manager, Eddy Pol, Summit Fertilizers executive manager marketing and sales and Troy Bungey, Westchester Group regional asset manager.
CBH Group's business relationships manager Claire Sullivan and head of accumulations Trevor Lucas with agronomist Tyrone Henning, Tek Ag.
Byfields consultants Simon Boyd (left), Mike Eckermann and Jared Ryan.
Kerry Regan, DPIRD grains research and industry development director, with Planfarm farm management consultants Rob Grima and Carter Johnson.