A young farmer from Mudgee with a background in law and business has stepped up to help lead the NSW Department of Primary Industries’ (DPI) Young Farmer Business Program (YFBP).

Tim Flynn, whose family runs a sheep and cattle property at Mudgee and who has a double degree in law and business, has been appointed as YFBP Program Coordinator, based in Dubbo.

During his time as President at Robb College at the University of New England in Armidale, Tim helped coordinate many events for the rural students and had been closely following the Young Farmer Business Program.

“I went to one of the workshops in Dubbo and I thought what a great idea, this is exactly what young farmers need,” Tim said.

“It’s a big career change to step away from Law, but I am really excited to be joining a program that is genuinely having an impact and helping young people.

“I’m 26 years old and have connections right across NSW that form part of the target market.

“I am keen to bring new ideas to the program and get on the road and hear the feedback from young farmers and fishers.”

YFBP Manager, Alexandra Hicks said she is thrilled that Tim could join the team.

“Tim has a great background working in a complex legal environment with lots of stakeholders. He also understands the agricultural sector and he is a people person. I think he will bring a lot of value to this role,” she said.

Mr Flynn will help organise and manage the events of the program across NSW, bringing feedback to the program as part of continuous improvement, ensuring that the program meets their young audience’s needs.

Since the Young Farmer Business Program started in 2017, it has delivered:

●     58 events held for young farmers and fishers across NSW

●     1,471 attendees at events across NSW

●     1,120 social media activities

●     65 percent of event attendees increased their belief in their own ability to make good business decisions

●     75 percent of event attendees agreed their support network had strengthened

For more information and program outcomes, visit: www.youngfarmer.nsw.gov.au