The Young Agricultural Professionals Network (YAPN) was established in March 2017 by Rural Youth and Tasmanian Women in Agriculture.  YAPN was developed with the purpose of “building networks within industry through conversation and education” & provide like minded young agricultural professionals the opportunity to discuss and unravel the issues specific to their demographic and/or career.

The group is a networking and personal development group for young agricultural professionals from 18-35 year olds.

YAPN holds 6 formal events a year across the State on relevant topics such as Agtech, Finance, Communications and Negotiation.  With regular informal networking events in local areas.

Members are made up of students, advisors, government, accountants, farmers, bankers, fisherman, foresters, retail and manufacturing.

The purpose of the group is to connect like minded individuals that share the same passion - Agriculture.  The platform to develop networks and conversations through education and development opportunities was created to connect those young people in the industry that might feel isolated due to the nature of their careers and the segmentation of the industry.  The group is set up to allow for business connections to be made, identifying education and development opportunities and personal growth through network expansion.

If you are interested you can join up as a member at yapn.com.au or follow us on twitter @YoungAgNetwork or Facebook. 

2017 is our first year and we welcome suggestions on events and discussion groups that the network desires to ensure we deliver the best outcomes to our members and the industry.

Committee

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Elle Davis

President

Elle grew up in and around Hobart in the south of Tasmania. At a young age Elle developed a passion for Tasmania and the agricultural industry which followed through to her tertiary studies, completing a Bachelor of Agriculture Science (Hons) at University of Tasmania.

After completing University in 2015, Elle worked for the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture and shortly after commenced work for the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association as a Policy Officer. Elle spent the next two years travelling and engaging with different agricultural stakeholders locally and nationwide.

Elle recently returned home to Hobart where she now works as a Soil Scientist and Environmental Consultant, gaining experience in a different sector of the agricultural industry.

Elle is extremely passionate about the Tasmanian agricultural industry and will continue to work in this space for years to come.

‘As newly appointed President, I would like to warmly welcome all those new and existing members. YAPN truly is an amazing platform and with the right motivation it can act as a major avenue for future agricultural leaders in Tasmania. For all of those working in or interested in the Tasmanian agriculture industry I invite you to sign up and come along to one of our amazing events. Our committee members are found state-wide and as such, our events span across all agricultural hubs of Tasmania. I look forward to meeting you all!’

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Brodie Hill

Vice President

Brodie grew up in the NW Tasmania on his parent’s dairy farm. Brodie completed a Bachelor of Agriculture Science (Hons) at University of Tasmania along with completing studies in Colorado, USA.

After completing University in 2014, Brodie took the opportunity to return home and help run the family farm for 12 months prior to moving interstate and commencing work with ANZ through their Agribusiness Graduate program. Brodie then spent the next three years working with Agri based clients from Albury NSW, Denilqiuin NSW and Shepparton VIC along with spending time in Melbourne.

Brodie recently returned home to the NW Coast where he continues working for ANZ Agribusiness. Brodie also saw moving home as an opportunity to become more involved in the family dairy farm, which is his true passion.

Going forward Brodie will continue working in Agribusiness space, assisting expansion of the family farm and looking to become further involved in all thing Agricultural across in Tasmania

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Lee Campbell

Treasurer

Lee grew up in Henty, Southern New South Wales, where his family runs a mixed farm consisting of cropping and sheep. Post Schooling, Lee studied Agriculture Science at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, with Agribusiness as a specialised stream.

Upon completion of studies Lee commenced work with NAB Agribusiness in Albury as part of the graduate program; and moved to Hobart shortly thereafter into a permanent position.

Lee has worked with NAB since 2008; and has been an Agribusiness Manager since 2014.

Lee’s role consists of managing the banking relationship of a wide variety of client’s within Southern Tasmania, across the entire primary production sector. Given Tasmania’s diversity, this means a variety of clients from broadacre, aquaculture, horticulture, and everything else in between.

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Amanda Bayles

Secretary

Amanda was born and raised just south of Cressy in the Northern Midlands of Tasmania. Attending the local school and completing high school and tertiary education in Launceston. The family farm has a range of enterprises including potatoes, peas, poppies, lucerne, cereals, sheep and cattle.

On completing schooling Amanda completed a traineeship in warehousing before then heading to Western Australia for a year as a Governess for a year. A fantastic eye opener as guiding children through the school of the air system.

On returning back to Tasmania at the end of 2010 she commenced working at a local dairy farm later taking on the shed managers role as the business expanded to three dairies and milking 2,500 cows.

Amanda was heavily involved in Rural Youth Tasmania which also organised Agfest. In 2012 she took on the role of Agfest vice chairman before taking the role of Agfest Chairman for Agfests 2013, 2014, 2015.

Amanda participated in a Rural Youth Study Tour to the United States of America in 2016 for six months visiting a variety of different farms from beef, to dairy to pigs and cropping.

Now situated in the North West Coast Amanda is involved in growing chooks from day old chickens, along with cropping and raising cattle.

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Dale Hayers

State President - Rural Youth Tasmania

As 2019 Rural Youth State President, I would like to formally welcome you to the Young Agricultural Professional Network.

Rural Youth are proud to support YAPN. The group offers networking opportunities that compliment and support the benefits of membership to Rural Youth. Over recent years Rural Youth has undergone key fundamental changes in structure and culture and supporting further development within the community was identified as one way in which we can boost our profile. Supporting YAPN is one way that we are achieving this goal.

As a Rural Youth Member for over 10 years, I have gained new skills, travelled the world and have met friends and made connections throughout Tasmania and the mainland. In 2012 I visited Canada on a Rural Youth Study Tour, visiting many farms and production facilities; whilst also getting to see many of the spectacular sites along the way. Rural Youth has given me the confidence to exceed in any new venture that I tackle.

When I visited Canada, I was working as a plumber for a small Hobart based firm, I then returned to University and completed a Civil Engineering Degree. Coming from a non-farming background, both membership to Rural Youth and the Canadian Exchange has taught me lots about the Agricultural Industry and the issues that they deal with. This learning has proved critical for my current employment, where I now work on key infrastructure projects on farms and within production facilities.

YAPN provides further opportunities to learn more about issues, challenges and opportunities in all areas of Agriculture in a fun, social environment. I would definitely encourage you to attend an event in your local area and I look forward to seeing you there!

Belinda Hazell

Advisory - Tasmanian Women in Agriculture

Belinda has over 25 years’ experience in the agribusiness sector, with skills extending through and across supply chains. As a principal consultant for Optimum Standard, Belinda is a system thinker and works with clients to deliver management system solutions and find opportunities for efficiency and growth. Her passion is making systems work and evolve into real business assets. Belinda has extensive knowledge of the primary industry sector having worked with the family agribusiness enterprises in intensive horticulture, cattle, sheep meat and wool production. She is about to graduate from the University of Tasmania with a MBA specialising in Agricultural Innovation. She is a proud mother of three daughters, Acting Chair of Tasmanian Women in Agriculture, Chair of Freshcare Limited and a Director with the Fresh Produce Safety Centre. In 2014 Tasmanian Women in Agriculture recognised her contribution as a recipient of the Outstanding Contributor to Agriculture Award. In 2016, she was recognised as a Corporate and Private Award Tasmanian finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards.

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Francis Richardson

Committee

Francis is a young driven individual who currently works for Orana enterprise based out of Legana, Tasmania as a Transport Data Analyst.

He began his career working in Victoria as a Transport Planner where he found his passion for the forestry industry. He then moved to South Australia where he was involved in the implementation of a log transport management system which has lead into his current role.

Francis graduated from the Australian Maritime College with a Bachelor Degree in Maritime Technology Management in 2014 and a Bachelor Degree in Maritime Logistics Management in 2016.

This is my first year on the YAPN board where I am a strong advocate for the benefits of networking and look forward to making a change in the professional development culture within northern Tasmania.

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Georgia McCarthy

Committee

Georgia grew up in Hobart and graduated from the University of Tasmania in 2017 with a Bachelor of Agriculture, majoring in Business Management. Georgia commenced full time work with Tasmanian based agricultural consultants, Macquarie Franklin in 2017, while also participating in Meat and Livestock Australia’s Future Livestock Consulting Internship which concluded in June 2019.

Since starting with Macquarie Franklin Georgia has gained a broad range of skills and experience in project management work and agricultural extension delivery and coordination.

Georgia’s work at Macquarie Franklin sees her mostly working with red meat producers in the extension and adoption space. She has been part of the coordination team for Tasmania’s premier red meat industry event, Red Meat Updates for the last three years and manages a range of supported learning programs aimed at improving on farm productivity and profitability.

Georgia enjoys interacting with producers and is passionate about Australian agricultural industries, with a particular interest in red meat productivity. When Georgia isn’t at work you will find her outside enjoying time with her dog Minnie.