Victorian farmers under the age of 35 can now apply for grants to boost their skills and become better equipped to face the farming challenges and opportunities of the future.
The Andrews Liberal government will provide scholarships of up to $10,000 consisting of $5,000 towards study backed by a further $5,000 to invest on-farm or in professional development activities to help put new skills into practice.
Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford said the scholarship program was designed to be flexible to fit in with the demands and ambitions of young farmers and farm workers.
“The Andrews Labor Government is investing in the future of farming by helping upskill our young people working within the industry,” the Minister said.
“The outlook for farming is very positive with growing export markets on our doorstep and a world-class food and fibre sector already punching above its weight – this is why we need to ensure we have the agricultural leaders of tomorrow getting the right support today.”
According to her, eligible courses include a Diploma in Agriculture, Human Resources training, Business Management, a Diploma of Agribusiness Management and a range of on-farm technical training.
Applications for the Young Farmers Scholarship Program close on 26 August, 2016.