Run by experienced Pinion Advisory consultants, the program develops key financial, business, and people management skills with practical tips, tricks and tools to gain confidence in on-farm decision making.
 
Participants will learn from industry experts, peers and mentors, to make a positive impact in their farm business, and ensure their business is sustainable and resilient into the future.
 
If you have recently returned to your farm business, are learning the ropes of farm management, or have been working in the business for a few years but are transitioning to management - this program is for you!

This program provides young farmers or farm managers the opportunity to::

  • Gain key financial, business and people management skills required to run a successful and professional farm business.
  • Develop their business skills to become an effective manager and leader.
  • Gain confidence in decision-making and improving farm management skills.
  • Benchmark their business and management performance to review and improve.
  • Develop strategies to build resilience and achieve their business goals.

  • Receive coaching from experienced Pinion Advisory consultants to implement workshop learnings into key actions to improve farm businesses
  • Benchmark your business and management performance to review and improve
  • Gain/enhance key financial, business and people management skills required to run a successful and professional farm business
  • Develop your business skills to become an effective manager and leader
  • Gain confidence in decision-making to improve the sustainability of your farm business
  • Connect with likeminded farmers and mentors to share ideas and experiences

The program will run from August 2024 until March 2025. Please note, there will be no program commitments during the harvest period, and webinar dates and times are flexible dependent upon group availability.

14 and 15 August 2024Workshop 1 (Birchip)
September 2024Webinar 1: Strong Foundations & People Management (including Succession)
October 2024Webinar 2: Leasing and Share Farming
January 2025Webinar 3: Opportunity Identification and Business Cases
February 2025Webinar 4: Natural Resource Management
February 2025Webinar 5: Risk Management
19 and 20 March 2025Workshop 2 (Birchip)

 

On successful application, participants are required to fulfil the following over the period of the program:

  • Maintain regular contact with both their mentor (if applicable) and Pinion Advisory farm business consultants.
  • Attend both the in-person workshops (in Birchip) and virtual webinars. 
  • Demonstrate evidence of goal setting and actions taken as a result of the mentoring sessions. In addition, participants are expected to share learnings and experiences with other participants and provide feedback on the program as part of the evaluation process.
  • Participants are encouraged to bring a mentor to the workshops. Ideally, your mentor will be someone with a strong relationship to you and your farm. Examples of a mentor may include your parent, existing farm manager, farm board personnel, or your farm business consultant or agronomist. Participants who are unable to acquire a suitable mentor are still able to attend the program.

Please note, optional meetings can be organised outside of the required sessions by participants, for one-on-one coaching with Pinion Advisory consultants.

Applicants must:

  • Be aged 18-40 years at the time of application close date (August 7)
  • Be working in a food and fibre business in Victoria at least three days per week for the past three months
  • Have a minimum of 2 years' experience on-farm
  • Reside in Victoria, and be an Australian citizen or permanent resident

  • Applications will close on Wednesday 7 August.
  • This program is FREE (usually valued at $4,000) and fully funded by the Farm Business Resilience Program.
  • Successful applicants will be notified and required to sign a Letter of Agreement to accept their position.
  • Places are limited.
  • Click here to apply.

Program outline

The program will run from August 2024 to March 2025. Please note, there will be no commitments over the harvest period.

Workshops

Two face-to-face workshops will be held in Birchip on August 14 and 15, 2024, and March 19 and 20, 2025.

Webinars

Five webinars will be held from September 2024 to February 2025. Dates/times are dependent on participants' availability.

Coaching

One-on-one coaching time with Pinion Advisory consultants can be organised by participants throughout the program.

Benchmarking

Participants will have the opportunity to benchmark their business for two production years with Pinion Advisory's SnapShot program.

More information

For further information about the program, please contact Demi Taylor on 0436 009 906, or demi.taylor@bcg.org.au

BCG Young Farmer Network

The BCG Young Farmer Network is here to help young farmers and people in agriculture learn more about their industry. We're all about building community and sharing information.

Our network is open to everyone. You don’t need to be 'young' to join us. We're geared towards the newest generation of farmers who are keen to grow their businesses.

We host events to help young farmers learn more about their field, discussing topics such as agronomy, machinery, business and strategy. Our events are also a great chance to meet other farmers and feel part of a community. We operate across the Wimmera Mallee and North Central regions.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram to stay up-to-date.

Program Supporters

The Farm Business Resilience Program is jointly funded through the Australian Government's Future Drought Fund and the Victorian Government's Future Agriculture Skills Capacity Fund.

The Cultivating Futures in Farming Mentor Program is provided by Agriculture Victoria's Young Farmer Project in partnership with Birchip Cropping Group and Pinion Advisory, and delivered through the Farm Business Resilience Program.

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