Young fishers and farmers hooked on new crop of digital business tools

The NSW Department of Primary Industries’ Young Farmer Business Program (YFBP) has developed a suite of digital resources, including a new podcast series available to assist young primary producers with future business opportunities.

The two new digital toolboxes featured in the suite are designed to help young fishers and farmers navigate succession, agistment and leasing through a range of topical factsheets, templates, videos, calculators, and other support resources.

Young Farmer Business Program Team Leader, Lisa McFayden said the online tools are an asset for young business owners and will add value to their strategic growth and development.

“Having easy and accessible resources to use will help young producers feel more confident and prepared when making business decisions” said Ms McFadyen.

“We have partnered with experts to create a comprehensive toolkit that tackles the tricky topics of group governance, how to run meetings and events, budgeting and operational guidelines to help build strong groups in the future.”

To complement the digital toolkits, a new series of the YFPB Podcast ‘Propagate S3’ launched this week and will focus on getting into the business of being a primary producer without owning land.

The podcast which is available on the YFBP website, Spotify and Apple podcasts has already received more than 21,000 downloads and this seven episode podcast series will feature guests including Mitch Highett, Mel Kiel and Hayley Pattison who attended the recent YFBP conference in Dubbo last month.

Ms McFayden said the latest series is one of the best yet, showcasing that there is no barrier to building a strong new business by thinking outside the square.

“We know that young producers want to have groups they belong to so that they can learn together and support each other through the thick and thin of being a primary producer, and these digital toolboxes and the podcast will help do that,” said Ms McFadyen.

The two toolkits can be accessed via the Young Farmer Business Program website and you can download the podcast.

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