The Young Farmer Business Program is a four year initiative of the NSW Government, delivered by the Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI). Initially developed in partnership with the NSW Farmers’ Association, our program provides professional development, coaching, workshops, business resources and mentoring to young farmers and fishers across NSW. It specifically aims to:
- Provide knowledge and skills to improve social and business resilience, manage risk, execute effective plans and make decisions that ensure the viability of agricultural and fishing businesses across NSW
- Provide access to new business ideas, tools and techniques
- Support access to a range of products and services that engage with a wide diversity of skills, knowledge and experience within the primary industries business sector
- Connect young farmers and fishers with opportunities that enable them to establish and /or expand their business.
Surveys of NSW farmers aged 18 to 35 years old have informed the Young Farmer Business Program to ensure it is reaching young farmers and fishers and helping them develop the skills they need to succeed in business.
Delivered by a small team based in Dubbo, the Young Farmer Business Program is supported by an Advisory Committee comprised of three independent members and key young farmer and fisher stakeholder organisations, who ensure the program remains relevant to its target audience. The committee shares fresh insights into emerging issues and industry trends to support the Young Farmer Business Program.