Young Farmers Council
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Young Farmer Project Officer
Young farmers and young people seeking to enter the sector are faced with many potential barriers. The Young Farmer Working Group made up of NSW Farmers and the Department of Primary Industries, is an outcome of the Young Farmers Finance Roundtable held in December 2015 to focus the government and key stakeholders in the agriculture sector on issues specific to young people entering the sector.
This Working Group is chaired by the Chair of NSW Young Farmers and supported by fellow NSW Young Farmer Members.
Following the Roundtable, the NSW Government has committed to fund a dedicated Project Officer to assist young farmers overcome hurdles and plan for the future in the agriculture sector. This also includes the creation of an online hub to underpin the information sharing and professional development recommendations; providing a coordinated facility for better access to the right information and resources will help bring positive benefits to young people in agriculture.
James Leigo has been appointed the Young Farmer Project Officer and is based at the Department of Primary Industrie's Office in Dubbo.
For more information and for assistance, please contact:
James Leigo | Young Farmer Project Officer
Young Farmer Wins
NSW Young Farmers are proactive individuals who have been at the frontline of policy making ensuring young farmers across the state are supported and heard.
Young Farmer Finance
Young farmers took the lead on a high profile young farmer finance roundtable to discuss new initiatives in accessing finance stemming from a Memorandum of Understanding between the NSW Government and the NSW Farmers Association signed in March 2015. It was agreed at the roundtable that further initiatives and efforts to support young people involved in farming enterprises will focus on three areas:
Key actions that address the three focus areas are to be progressed through a small working group involving NSW DPI and NSW Farmers. Young Farmer councillor Tim Carroll and Young Farmer members Claire Walker, Tom Roberts and Geoff Birchnell are commended for representing young farmers at the roundtable.
Healthy Agspirations is an exciting partnership between NSW Young Farmers and Future Health Leaders founded in 2015. The initiative promotes the importance of good overall health in rural communities incorporating activities that bring together shared concerns and shared passions of why we love working and living in rural Australia.
Together Healthy Agspirations aim to:
The Young Farmer Council moved and passed a motion at the 2015 Annual Conference to overhaul the Association's pre-existing policy in relation to climate change. Young Farmers encourage governments to support the transition from fossil fuels towards more renewable energy resources in rural, regional and remote areas where their operation can be shown to be a net benefit to farming communities.