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Leader says ‘life-changing’ program reinforced his commitment to agriculture

From agtech and research to horticulture and pig farming, collaboration across the industry is needed for agriculture to reach its $100-billion by 2030 goal, according to Tim Kingma.

Tim is a pork producer from northern Victoria, a 2018 graduate of the NFF’s 2030 Leaders Program and is passionate about the future of Australian agriculture

Tim shared his experience in with AustralianFarmers and their advice for this year’s 2030 Leader’s Program cohort.

Applications for the 2030 Leaders Program have closed.

Why are you passionate about Australian agriculture?

I am passionate about securing a future for rural industries, communities, and families. My passion for agriculture and the pork industry began as a kid, when I worked alongside my dad. 

I have only ever had one full time job – being a pig farmer. Still to this day, I love my job, the animals I work with, the interactions with co-workers, and being involved in the industry at both a state and national level. 

Tim on his pork farm in northern Victoria.

What are your aspirations for your career in agriculture?

I am aspiring to continue to get further involved at the state and national level in not only the pork industry, but all of agriculture.

My personal aspirations for my career in the pork industry are well advanced. I will always strive to make improvements on farm. I am proud of what our business has, and is working towards achieving.

What do you see your role to be (or potentially be) in assisting Australian agriculture in becoming a $100 billion industry by 2030 ?

I want future generations to be able to have the same farm upbringing that helped shape the person I am today. 

As a primary producer, the care of our animals, the environment we farm, and the resources we use need to be well-managed. All of this requires leadership.

I also believe another part of my leadership journey is seeing rural communities thrive. 

What was your experience participating in the 2030 Leaders Program and how did it assist with achieving your aspirations?

The 2030 Leaders Program was invaluable! The program helped build my confidence; my personal understanding of myself (both positive and negative), networking, thinking in terms of the “bigger picture” and challenging myself …….the list goes on.  

I really enjoyed that a large part of the program was outdoor. That environment really helped me get the most out of the experience.

The group of eight participants, hailed from different agricultural backgrounds, and we have now built lifelong friendships. We challenge and encourage each other, but most importantly we continue to help each other achieve our aspirations. 

We will continue to push and support each other to be the future leaders of Australian agriculture.

What does leadership mean to you?

Leadership means being able to adapt. A great leader can adapt to the required leadership style for the situation in which they find themselves. 

What advice would you give to the 2019 cohort?

KISS – Keep It Simple Stupid! 

Embrace your leadership journey. Embrace the great network of young agricultural leaders you are about to meet. Embrace your failures, but do not make your journey over complicated. 

It is your chance to grow and be part of leading Australian agriculture into the future!

The 2018 NFF 2030 Leaders Program’s eight graduates.

The NFF 2030 Leaders Program helps develop the leadership capabilities of people over the age of 18 and currently involved in agriculture. The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF), in conjunction with the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF), look forward to working with our 2019 cohort in helping Australian agriculture reach $100 billion in farm gate output by 2030.

Applications for the 2030 Leaders Program have closed.

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