AGL 029: Taking Smart Risks in Your Agricultural Career with Janette Barnard

“I’ve kind of lucked into decisions that helped with my career trajectory –  I wish I could say it was on purpose,” laughs Janette Barnard, the current sales and marketing director for DecisionNext, a software company focused around predictive analytics around commodity industries.

A relatively young venture, Janette has recognized career risks and learned to capitalize on the opportunities provided by them. This has led her to amazing awareness, skill, and intentional actions when it comes to building networks and taking career risks.


Interacting with people is going to help you build your network. Careers and taking calculated risks with your career, are all about people and the relationships that you are building with them. Building a relationship must be done intentionally and with a high degree of awareness.

Networking on purpose is about building relationships and understanding others experiences so you can learn from them and add your own value to the relationship. Know your strengths and do not be afraid to volunteer or offer assistance to a potential mentor.


  • Spend one hour a month on LinkedIn networking with individuals.
  • Send three messages to people within your network that you haven’t talked to for a while; ask them what they are working on and how their last project went.
  • Send three cold messages to orchestrate a 20 minute conversation to network and get to know them.

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Tim Hammerich

Tim is a strategic communications consultant, founder of AgGrad, and the host of the "Future of Agriculture" podcast. Originally from California, he is now based out of Boise, Idaho.