He may have only had 10 days on the job, but the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association's new head is not resting on his laurels.
John McKew, from Victoria, has relocated to Tasmania for the role and said he believed while the state had a robust rural sector, it wasn't without its challenges, which he hoped to address.
"Tasmania is an island state, we have an advantageous climate, but there's no point growing all of this amazing produce, if we can't get it off the island in a timely manner to export markets we need," he said.
"One of the challenges for Tasmania is that we have a stretch of water called Bass Strait."
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Exporters faced challenges in terms of inconsistent pricing and capacity problems, and it was something that was frequently brought up to him, even only barely a week and a half into his role.
Mr McKew has held several agriculture industry roles in the past, from Dairy Australia to Herefords Australia. Still, the allure of Tasmania became too much when he was looking for his next big career move.
"It wasn't hard to be attracted to Tasmania, for the job," he said.
"But for me, the role at the TFGA was also the next logical career move for me, to be across multiple commodities."
Mr McKew takes on the role from former chief executive Peter Skillern, who announced he would resign as CEO last year.
Mr Skillern had held the position for six years but was a member of the TFGA for eight years.
Tasmania had some of the best agriculture conditions, but Mr McKew said elected members could do more to put the state front and centre.
"Holistically, Australia has a clean, green image, and Tasmania should be the jewel in the crown for that image," he said.
"In some ways we are, but I don't think we are always leveraging off that brand like we could be."
Mr McKew said the role of the TFGA was to be "a voice for farmers, by farmers", and advocacy would play a big part in where he would take the organisation under his leadership.
"I have five broad areas that I want to work on in my role, they are my broad strategic plans - to advocate, educate and communicate, collaborate and innovate," he said.
"The first three are intertwined, they all work together, but the next two, they are equally as important."
Mr McKew said he had met Primary Industries Minister Guy Barnett about five days into his new role and hoped to work collaboratively and bipartisan with elected members in the future.
He said he would be looking forward to both significant parties releasing agriculture-related policies as part of the election. However, the TFGA was still working on its election wish-list or priorities list.
"We are a bipartisan organisation so we would work collaboratively with any party who wants to develop real outcomes for rural Tasmania," Mr McKew said.
It was promising to meet the Minister, he said and looked forward to a strong working relationship with whoever held the portfolio.
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