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Best to put the cart before the horse: The importance of agribusiness yarns in shaping policy

In the vast expanse of Queensland’s agricultural landscape, powerful stories are woven within the fabric of agribusinesses. These stories not only depict the toil and triumph of farmers but also capture the challenges and opportunities that define the industry. Yet, beyond the paddocks and pastures, lies a realm where these narratives hold immense power: the realm of policymaking.

Agribusinesses in Queensland are not merely producers; they are stewards of ecosystems, guardians of food security, and pillars of rural economies. They are major employers, significant contributors to the state’s economy and on the front line of environmental sustainability. However, the policies that shape their operating environment often overlook the nuances and intricacies of their experiences and contexts. This is where the importance of sharing their stories comes into play.

First and foremost, sharing stories bridges the gap between policymakers and the realities faced by agribusiness. Policy decisions are often crafted within the confines of city offices, far removed from the daily struggles and practical experience of those working the land. By sharing their stories, agribusinesses offer policymakers a firsthand glimpse into the challenges they encounter, whether it be climate variability, market fluctuations, or regulatory hurdles. Of late, input costs like energy have taken centre stage. These narratives humanize the issues at hand, fostering empathy and enable the development of industry informed public policy. 

Sharing stories empowers agribusiness to advocate for change effectively. Policy decisions have a profound impact on every aspect of agricultural operations, from land management practices to market access. By articulating their experiences and concerns, agribusiness can shape the discourse surrounding key policy issues, influencing agendas and priorities. Whether it’s advocating for sustainable farming practices, access to water resources, or trade agreements, sharing stories amplifies the voices of those directly affected by policy decisions and the disposition of political leaders. 

Furthermore, sharing stories fosters collaboration and knowledge-sharing within the agricultural community and across other sectors of the economy. Each agribusiness has its own unique set of experiences and expertise, derived from years of working the land and drawing upon the science of their field. By sharing these stories, farmers, producers, and industry stakeholders can learn from one another, identifying best practices, innovative solutions, and emerging trends. This collective wisdom not only strengthens individual operations but also enriches the broader agricultural sector, driving sustainable growth and resilience.

The importance of Queensland agribusiness sharing their stories to inform policy decision-makers cannot be overstated, especially in an election year here in Queensland. These stories serve as catalysts for change, bridging the gap between policymakers and the realities of agricultural life, empowering advocacy efforts, and fostering collaboration within the industry. As Queensland’s agribusinesses continue to navigate an ever-evolving landscape, their stories remain a powerful tool for shaping the policies that will define the future of agriculture and the vitality of rural communities across the state.

Telling yarns is our bread and butter at SAS Group. Contact the SAS Group to share your story.

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