Call out to all Young Farmers 

NSW Farmers is looking to establish a Young Farmers group in the Upper Hunter area to help shape the future of local food and fibre production. 

Starting with a social function at the Scone RSL on May 22, the new group will have input into advocacy for young farmers and host events to advance the local agricultural sector. 

NSW Farmers Regional Services Manager Mick Collins said you do not have to be a young farmer to be involved.

“It may be called a young farmers group, but it open to anyone aged 18-35 working in the agriculture industry or who has an interest in local food and fibre production,” Mr Collins said. 

“The NSW Young Farmers section can help you meet other young farmers, find peers in your situation, learn how advocacy works and get involved in local projects.”

NSW Farmers Senior Policy Advisor for Young Farmers, Alexandra Bunton, said the new group will have direct input into the NSW Young Farmers Council, which currently has eight other groups throughout the state. 

“One of our priorities is promoting the entry into farming through advocating the removal of stamp duty on the purchase of a first farm and low-interest schemes,” Ms Bunton said. 

“The Young Farmers council has also had input into improving reliability of telecommunications in the bush, drought preparedness and investigating the viability of alternative energy sources.”

“It’s not all about policy work though. Our Young Farmer groups are involved in activities like the Young Farmer Business Program, Q-Fever vaccination programs and social get-togethers.”

The Young Farmers “get together” will be held at Scone RSL on the 22 May, starting at 6pm. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, phone Mick Collins on 0439958163 

Date: Thursday 16 May 2019
Media Contact:   Michael Burt | 0428 228 988