About the Young Farmer Business Program

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Meet the team

Shannon McCormack - Senior Project Officer

Shannon McCormack is based out of Gresford, NSW with his wife and two young children. He currently helps to manage his wife’s family farm, and has recently purchased further land adjacent to their current farm to expand their enterprise.

Shannon has previous experience in beef cattle, equine, broad acre farming, sheep, feedlots and rural merchandise sales. In his previous roles, Shannon has vast experience in leadership, agribusiness banking and rural financial counselling. Shannon brings passion for agriculture and enjoys liaising with young farmers to help them in their path to entering farming.

On the weekend, Shannon enjoys spending time with his family, camp drafting and playing soccer at his local club, the Gresford Scorpion’s. You can reach Shannon at

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Emma Cliffton - Project Officer

Emma is based out of Walcha and runs two beef cattle farms with her partner, one property north of Armidale NSW and the other in Walcha NSW. Emma and her partner work full time off farm and lease their Armidale property which helped them get a foot in the farming door. They focused on trading cattle to help generate cash flow and save enough money to purchase their farm in Walcha.

Emma grew up on a mixed farming property at Loomberah NSW in the Peel Valley. Here her family focused on beef cattle and lucerne hay production. Emma is passionate about helping other young farmers and their journey to become a first-generation farmer, contractor, leasee or sharecropper. In her spare time, Emma loves to play hockey, show cattle with her mum, and hang out with her favourite pup Echo.  

You can reach Emma at or on 0447 655 163.

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Monica Langfield

Monica is acting in the Senior Project Manager role until November 2023, based out of Cowra. She grew up on a farm and has been passionate about farming since she could walk.

Monica managed Canada’s largest feedlot, turning over 220,000 head of cattle each year and had 10,000 acres of cropping for several years, before moving back to Australia, where she ran one of her family farms at Wirrinya, NSW for 10 years. She is excited to see young farmers come in to the industry and wants to see them grow their business acumen.

You can reach Monica at

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