Young are finding good jobs in regional locales
It's clear that cash handouts, subsides and low interest loans have had limited success in this drought. So what then are the other options?
People are sick of incidents like the fish kill being hijacked for personal and political agendas - if you're serious, then work with the government on solutions.
While governments squabble over arbitrary emissions targets, farmers need practical solutions on farm. But can our politicians get their heads around how to develop gains at both ends at the same time?
With each and every farmer in a different situation based on their business, location and skill-set, could it be that the government drought strategy needs to identify where more direct, on-the-ground support is needed longer term?
Farmers are sick of repeatedly asking the same questions about Inland Rail and getting no information in return. They feel like they're being taken for a ride, rather than being helped to get on board.
Foreign investment dollars might have the potential to improve agriculture's capital, but lot of the those dollars are being sunk into already highly developed areas that Aussie players are being locked out of.
The adoption of a recommendation from the 2013 Pratley Review that agriculture be mandatory in NSW schools is a positive sign that the industry is being taken seriously as a future career path and contributor to our economy.