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The six habits of resilient farmers: study

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Farmers who have the capacity to run a profitable business amid challenging circumstances such as increased seasonal variability tend to have common characteristics, the 5th World Congress on Conservation Agriculture was told... David Gray, a development officer with the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA), studied the business behaviours of resilient farmers in WA and identified six common characteristics: scanning the business environment for opportunities, changes, trends; engaging in contingency planning; building flexibility into the business; actively building relationships with others including growers, agronomists, suppliers; and continually experimenting and making innovations... The first characteristic common to all was the practice of scanning the business environment for changes, trends, emerging opportunities or threats...