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 broiler production. He is a director of MD & TJ Ryan Contracting P/L, an agricultural contracting and transport company that specialises in vegetable bed-forming, seeding and harvesting, as well as local and interstate transport of produce. Matthew has been a TFGA Vegetable Council member since 2006/2007 and involved with the TFGA Simplot Potato Negotiation Committee since 2008. He was one of the founding organisers of the TFGA Fair Dinkum Food Campaign 2005. Matthew is also a member of the TFGA Audit & Risk Assessment Committee and has been a Board Director since 2012. His qualifications include Associate Diploma Applied Science in Agriculture, Certificate in Postharvest Handling & Technology – University of California 1998 and Ausveg Young Grower Award 2006.