Alumnus claims FMG Young Farmer of the Year title

11 July 2022 | News

Lincoln University alumnus Tim Dangen was named the FMG Young Farmer of the Year on Saturday night after three days of intense competition.

The Bachelor of Commerce (Agriculture) graduate also became the People’s Choice winner, taking out the online vote.

The beef farmer narrowly beat his brother-in-law Chris Pool, while fellow Lincoln alumnus Jonny Brown, a Bachelor of Commerce (Rural Valuation and Agricultural Management) graduate, finished third.

Tim took home over $20,000 in cash, training and development packages and options, a quad bike and a tractor.

He was overcome with emotion, exhausted, excited and relieved to have taken out the title.

"I've met a bunch of good people, learnt a whole lot and got a lot of growth out of it," he said. "It's just such good advocacy for the industry. I love this competition to bits."

The contest started on Thursday with a technical day before heading into the biggest day (practical) on Friday.

The same night, the seven Grand Finalists presented their speeches to a crowd of 350 at the FMG Junior Young Farmer of the Year and AgriKidsNZ Awards Ceremony.

The next evening, they went head to head in a buzzer quiz in front of a crowd of 650.

Lincoln University is a proud sponsor of the event, supporting growing young ag talent by backing the FMG Young Farmer of the year, Junior Young Farmer and Agri-kids.