Contributed by Ellen Davis - YAPN President and Francis Richardson - YAPN Vice President
YAPN saw a challenging start to the 2019-2020 term but with the perseverance of a dedicated committee we were able to provide some of the most successful events YAPN has hosted in its young life.
October 2019 brought an exciting panel of agricultural professionals from both education and industry to discuss the future of agriculture in Tasmania. The discussion focused on up and coming advancements in agriculture as well as how young professionals can best position themselves to take full advantage of the many opportunities the agriculture industry provides. This event was a collaboration with the UTAS agricultural department who we thank and look forward to working with again in the future.
Following the success of this event in Launceston we also saw a well-attended tasting and tour event at Glaetzer-Dixon Winemakers in Hobart with award-winning owner Nick Glaetzer. Although the southern region has struggled for event attendance in the past, this event showed the committee that growing a membership base in and around Hobart is more than achievable. The committee is looking forward to hosting numerous more southern events like this in future.
In addition to these two events, YAPN also hosted a wide range of social networking events throughout the year with the most notable being a collaboration with the Northern Young Professional Network (NYPN) for an end-of-year networking event. This event was well-attended and provided YAPN attendees to network with those outside of the industry.
With 2020 bringing COVID with it, YAPN saw new challenges as the committee withdrew to focus on their professional and personal lives whilst in lockdown. However, with more and more restrictions easing, the committee looks forward to re-emerging ever stronger than before.
On behalf of the YAPN committee, we would like to thank Rural Youth for their unwavering support – even though we know it hasn’t always been easy. Thanks also go to Tasmanian Women in Agriculture (TWiA) for their involvement in YAPN. We look forward to working more closely together in future.
As a committee, we remain confident that there is space and a desire for an organisation such as YAPN in Tasmania, as is demonstrated by the successful events that were held in late 2019. We encourage all readers to pass on the YAPN name to any young professional with involvement or interest in the agriculture industry.
COVID-19 brought with it trials that we, as a global community, never expected. The YAPN Committee shares sadness and hope with those that have been adversely affected by the virus.
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