NSW Department of Primary Industries' Young Farmer Business Program is open

Jill and Pete Farley, from Kempsey participated in the 2019-2020 individual coaching program. Photo supplied
Jill and Pete Farley, from Kempsey participated in the 2019-2020 individual coaching program. Photo supplied

Young farmers and fishers across NSW have been invited to apply for a life-changing business coaching program run by the NSW Department of Primary Industries' Young Farmer Business Program (YFBP).

Jill and Peter Farley were one of the successful businesses to gain a place in the coaching program last year.

Based near Kempsey, they run beef and rodeo cattle, lucerne hay and have recently become partners in the family dairy.

"We love that the Young Farmers Business Program is empowering switched-on young farmers brave enough to take-on and tell a new story, and we're excited to be a part of it," Ms Farley said.

YFBP Team Leader, Alexandra Hicks said it was amazing to see the impact of the life-changing program on participants last year.

"The new 10 month program will give young primary producers the skills they need to run a more productive and profitable business," Ms Hicks said.

"The power of a coach to generate positive change in a business is truly profound. It gives young farmers and fishers clarity on their direction - and gives them a coach that focuses on them and their business. It is very powerful."

Now in its third year, the business coaching program has been expanded from three to five businesses per round. Participants will receive individualised coaching from Richard Groom, who has over 20 years experience working with primary producers.

"Whether you're just getting started, growing your business or just trying to manage the day-to-day, a business coach can help you get ahead faster than you would on your own," Ms Hicks said.

Anyone aged between 18 and 35 operating a farm, commercial fisheries or aquaculture business where they identify with primary production can apply.

For more information about the individual coaching program visit www.youngfarmer.nsw.gov.au. Applications for the 2020 program are open until Sunday July 26.