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Industry connections key for success in horticulture

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31 May 2023, AU: The largest horticulture conference and trade show in Australasia, Hort Connections, is set to be held between 5 and 7 June.

As a proud supporter of Australian horticulture, and sponsor of the event, Elders will again have a strong presence at this year’s conference.

The theme of the event, Knowledge for Growth, reflects on how industry connections in horticulture are essential for success, with collaboration at the top of the agenda.

Griffith-based agronomist, Emily May is one of the Elders delegates travelling to Adelaide for the event. She said Hort Connections is a great opportunity for likeminded people in the industry to get together. 

“I am most looking forward to catching up with colleagues across the Elders business, and networking with people in the wider industry,” Emily said. 

“The chance to get out, meet people and form connections is an opportunity not to be missed.” 

In her day-to-day role, Emily assists Riverina growers with improving their crop yields and productivity, all while promoting sustainable practices. 

For Emily, regular testing and evidence-based decision making are at the core of her work as an agronomist. Her days are highly varied, changing seasonally and depending upon the crops she is working in.

“The bulk of my work sees me scouting clients’ farms, writing reports and providing recommendations for improvement,” Emily said.

“I take regular soil and tissue tests to help evaluate our nutrient status and bring more evidence-based decision making to our farm management practices.

“I also assist our growers in optimising and utilising greater technology on farm to help improve our quality, yield and sustainability, which secure the long-term viability of our horticultural crops.”

Emily explained that the horticulture industry is currently going through significant changes, particularly in traceability, but she sees it as an opportunity to further support her clients. 

“Consumer awareness both domestically and from our international buyers highlights a desire to better understand the processes and choices that have gone into the goods they consume,” she said.

“This level of greater thought and consideration into how we farm is something I believe will continue to grow moving forward into the future. 

“It is exciting to know that I can play an even bigger role in satisfying the needs of our population through the use of my knowledge in how we grow our crops moving forward throughout my career.” 

Hort Connections will be held between 5 and 7 June at the Adelaide Convention Centre. Attendees are encourages to visit Elders’ stall and ag tech showcase, located at sites 102-105.

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