Dealing with the tough days and difficult questions as an agronomist

Andrew McFadyen

Andrew McFadyen

How do you deal with a stressed grower? What strategies work when you need to have a tough conversation in a tough season? Is client conflict avoidable or is it part of the job? What should you take with you on every farm visit?

These are some of the questions experienced farm advisers and consultants were asked at the first session of a Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) initiative developed for early career stage agronomists.

The GRDC Emerging Agros Network is designed to offer an opportunity to boost their professional skills, as well as connect with some of the industry's most respected consultants, farm advisers and researchers.

Agronomists at all stages of their careers are invited to the next session of the Network being held in conjunction with the GRDC Grains Research Update at Wagga on February 18 and 19.

The free session, which is open to everyone regardless of whether they are attending the Update, will be held at 'The Deck' at Charles Sturt University from 5.30 to 6.30pm on February 18.

GRDC northern region panel member and agronomist Andrew McFadyen will share his experiences as a private and corporate farm adviser during the 'What I wish I had known when starting out' session in Wagga.

"The Emerging Agros Network is a great GRDC initiative and will benefit grain growers enormously by equipping young agronomists with networks and knowledge," Mr McFadyen said.

"Learning really begins when you leave university and find yourself in the paddock with your clients, where a mix of technical and relationship management skills are required," he said.

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