Farming can be one of the toughest jobs in the world, but can also be one of the most rewarding.
That's the belief of Chris Morrison, an Orange-based agricultural consultant who's just released the book Thrive: How to succeed as a young aspiring farmer.
He's been working with young farmers for 15 years and in the industry for 35 and says the opportunities in the agriculture industry are increasing for young people.
His book, which will be launched in Orange, covers the business side of farming but focuses on tackling the mindset of young farmers.
One of the big things Mr Morrison focuses on is tackling adversity.
"If you want to succeed in business - in any business - you have to be a problem solver but some problems can't be solved and you need to work around them," he said.
A lot of families are staying on the farm together for longer, so instead of one or two generations you're seeing three or four generations splitting the farm up.
"It's really important to understand the best way to succeed is if you have the ability to hang in there."
He said the current drought was one of the biggest deterrents to people considering a career in agriculture.
"If you've got really good plans and put money away for a rainy day - or a dry day - you can do well," he said.
Mr Morrison said young farmers needed to make use of support services.
"It's a lot about empowering people to look after their mental health and use the strong support systems in place," he said.
Over the past few years, he's noticed changes in the industry, with plenty of women taking over family farms instead of their brothers as parents retired. In Orange, family farms were becoming bigger.
"A lot of families are staying on the farm together for longer, so instead of one or two generations you're seeing three or four generations splitting the farm up," he said.
"It means family farms have been growing as families need more space."
The extra land has come from other families who have done the opposite: selling the farm and moving into town when parents retired, which was something common Mr Morrison has noticed.
Mr Morrison said there were "amazing opportunities" to enter agriculture over the next decade as the current demographic of farmers aged and retired. He said a lot of people graduate into a different career before moving back onto a farm, and many skills not normally used in farming become relevant.
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