Matthew and his wife Trish are partners in their own farming operation, which includes potato and vegetable production, other cropping (poppies,cereals and pyrethrum), livestock and broilerproduction. He is a director of MD& TJ Ryan Contracting P/L, an agriculturalcontracting and transport company thatspecialises in vegetable bed-forming, seeding and harvesting, as well as localand interstate transport of produce.
Matthew has beena TFGA Vegetable Council member since 2006/2007 and involved with the TFGASimplot Potato Negotiation Committee since 2008. He was one of the foundingorganisers of the TFGA Fair Dinkum Food Campaign 2005.
Matthew is also amember of the TFGA Audit & Risk Assessment Committee and has been a BoardDirector since 2012. His qualifications include Associate Diploma AppliedScience in Agriculture, Certificate in Postharvest Handling & Technology –University of California 1998 and Ausveg Young Grower Award 2006.