The 2020 AGM was held on the 1st of September at the Grain of the Silos in Launceston, a venue chosen to highlight and support local Tasmanian produce. It was a fantastic day with many members attending along with politicians and industry stakeholders. We would like to thank everyone who made the day as enjoyable as it was.
Proceedings were opened by Minister Guy Barnett (pictured with outgoing Chair Belinda Hazell and incoming Chair Mandy Cooper) who spoke about TWiA's innovative events. He congratulated TWiA on a terrific effort to remain positive, professional and proactive during the uncertainty of COVID-19. TWiA had been able to pivot its approach remaining agile and flexible to respond to the needs of its members. Minister Barnett talked about how agriculture more broadly in Tasmania has had to also remain flexible and adapt to the rapid changes COVID-19 has created for the industry.
Minister Barnett highlighted the importance of the Tasmanian Brand and that we as an agriculture sector have the key ingredients to continue to build and develop our industry, from fertile soil, access to water and enterprising famers Tassie has a recipe for success. The Tasmanian Government has a plan to develop the ag industry by 2050 to a 10 billion dollar contributor to the economy and we are currently tracking well to reach this goal.
We were able to hear from Elle Davis from the Young Agricultural Professionals Network (YAPN) who spoke about how the Network has been progressing now it has reached it fourth year of operations. As for many organizations COVID has thrown up challenges, but YAPN has continued to seek to innovate and support members. Elle discussed that YAPN has run a range of events to provide networking opportunities and access to ag-professionals through panel discussions, social networking opportunities and late last year a winery tour. They have also run regular speaker events in collaboration with UTas and the Northern Young Professionals Network. Elle spoke about continued collaboration to generate ideas and work towards the common purpose of the future of agriculture.