Make your business goals happen with the Young Farmer Business Program’s 12-month individual business coaching program!
You’ll have weekly coaching sessions with experienced business coach, Chris Morrison, by phone or video, meet face-to-face four times over the course the year for intensive business planning sessions and share your experience with other young farmers and fishers via digital updates!
To qualify, you must:
- Be aged 18 – 35-years-old
- Operate a farming, commercial fishing or aquaculture business in NSW
- Earn at least 51% of your gross income from your farming, commercial fishing or aquaculture business
- Be compliant with tax reporting (BAS, annual tax returns, etc.) and with employment standards if employing staff.
*Please note – successful applicants will be required to attend the first workshop in person at Dubbo on 27 September 2019 to get things started!
In 2018, the Young Farmer Business Program successfully trialled a program to provide young farmers and fishers with intensive business coaching for a whole year! We accepted applications from young farmers and fishers across NSW and with the help our Advisory Committee, selected two young farmers and one young fisher to work one-on-one with a professional business coach.
Each business met with their coach video once a week and every three months, they all meet face to face for a massive day of planning and action. It was an incredible learning journey! Each business created a monthly video update so young farmers and fishers from right across NSW (and beyond!) can benefit from all that they learned. If you want to see Jarrod and Emma, Sophie and Adam or Danny and Melissah’s journey, you can catch up below.
Jarrod Amery took up shearing to get his start. At 21 years of age he purchased his first 60 acre irrigation property. They own and lease a mixture of properties with around 2000 hectares total. They grow pasture, wheat, & monola for KFC. They also run a sheep trading enterprise.
“It’s taken many years of blood, sweat, & tears to get to where I am today through shearing sheep, working for wages, hay contracting, and much more but to be living on my own property with my own family since February 2017 has been a goal I’ve had since a boy. I’m very happy doing what I do but am not content to sit stagnant.”
Sophie and Adam love their milk. This power couple are dairy farmers in the Manning Valley. They are currently leasing a farm and milking 130 head. The herd is 85% Jersey. Their biggest dream is to own their own farm.
“When you can wake up every morning see your favourite girls and do what you love everyday it makes everything more worthwhile. They keep us going. We need to succeed for them.”
Danny & Mel make a living from fishing. They run a commercial fishing business near Coffs Harbour. They have a 36 foot timber trap and line vessel. They are in their 2nd year of business. Mel does all the paperwork, tax side of things and Danny works on the boat by himself. The fish end up in the Coffs Harbour co-op as well as the Sydney Fish Market.
“I have always wanted to work for myself and always had a love for fishing and the ocean. I have tried a few different industries , but always found myself coming back to fishing industry. I was working as a deckhand and an opportunity came up to buy our own business so we took the leap!”