The global pandemic will impact the agri sector for at least the next decade, water and labour shortages continue to worry farmers and the global population just continues to rise - so what is there to feel so optimistic about in Australasian agriculture?
Making the change to an easier-to-use seed treatment to combat rhizoctonia and reduce handling issues at seeding has paid off for Gerard and Mark Paganoni.
As we celebrate National Agriculture Day and all the good that Aussie farmers do, this is also an opportune time to underline the importance and vital role that the industry plays in the life of our country.
One of the reasons the Syngenta Growth Awards have been well-regarded since its inception is that winners are selected by an independent judging panel made up of industry experts.
Amid improved agri conditions, a complicated global market and a pandemic, and in the face of a changing climate, there has never been a more important time to promote leadership in agriculture, says Syngenta managing director Paul Luxton.
Some say it's market forces that drive agriculture forward. Some say it's science. Others still think it's climate, or land prices or technology. But what really drives agriculture forward is people.
Sustainable practice requires an exceptional understanding of regional conditions, the crop and the soil, to build the best approach to planting, protecting, growing and harvesting.
Productivity always has and always will be a key driver of profitability in agriculture, and nowhere more than in Australia and New Zealand, where labour costs are high and market access is competitive.
Innovation is about more than big ideas. Innovation is about transformation. The Innovator category of the Growth Awards is new in 2020, and it couldn't have come at a more appropriate time.
A global survey of large scale farmers in the USA, France, China, Brazil, India and across Africa for Syngenta Group found 72 per cent are worried about the impact climate change will have on crop yields, animal health and their ability to do business over the next five years.