Final round open for Victorian Farmers’ Fund
THE Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) has announced the opening of applications for the final round of Farmers’ Fund grants.
VFF is strongly encouraging dairy farmers, particularly those contending with drought and extreme dry conditions in parts of the state, to apply for grants of up to $10,000 before the two-year partnership with Coles draws to a close on October 29.
VFF president David Jochinke said the latest and final round of grant allocations would allow dairy farmers to invest in projects to improve and assist their operations, with priority given to initiatives demonstrating a clear and measurable benefit in promoting resilience and relief from the impacts of drought and extremely dry conditions.
“The VFF is keenly aware many farmers are currently contending with the hardships presented by drought and near-drought conditions in parts of Victoria,” Mr Jochinke said.
“The current and final round of Farmers’ Fund grants will prioritise projects which encourage infrastructure development, resilience building, management planning and sustainability of the industry.”
The Farmers’ Fund agreement has been a two-year partnership between VFF, Farm Connect and Coles, instigated to deliver grants to dairy farmers in the southern milk pool.
“We are confident that this final round of Farmers’ Fund grants will continue to have a positive impact for dairy farmers and their communities,” Mr Jochinke said.
“With the Farmers’ Fund partnership now reaching its conclusion, the VFF will continue its advocacy efforts to advance the interests of all of our member farmers across the state.”
The Farmers’ Fund was made possible through the partnership with Coles, with 20 cents a litre raised from the sale of Farmers’ Fund milk in Coles supermarkets across Victoria.
For more information or to apply visit www.vff.org. au/ vff/ Farmers_ Fund/ Farmers_Fund.aspx.