Fi­nal round open for Vic­to­rian Farm­ers’ Fund

Alpine Observer - - News -

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.

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