State gov­ern­ment backs young dairy farm­ers

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - NEWS -

VIC­TO­RIA’S next gen­er­a­tion of dairy farm­ers have been cel­e­brated with the state gov­ern­ment con­tin­u­ing its sup­port for the in­dus­try at the United Dairy­farm­ers of Vic­to­ria ( UDV) Young Farm­ers Break­fast last month.

Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture, Jaala Pul­ford of­fi­cially opened the UDV An­nual Con­fer­ence with an ad­dress to Vic­to­ria’s young dairy lead­ers.

The state gov­ern­ment is back­ing dairy farm­ers and ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties fol­low­ing its com­pre­hen­sive $ 18 mil­lion dairy sup­port pack­age with in­dus­try.

The dairy sup­port pack­age con­tin­ues in 2017, with men­tal health sup­port ex­tended, a Ru­ral Skills Con­nect pro­gram, fi­nan­cial coun­selling ser­vices and tar­geted dairy tech­ni­cal sup­port and back- to- work schemes.

Ms Pul­ford also vis­ited the Rochester and Kiewa plants to meet with work­ers and their union, sup­pli­ers and local coun­cils.

The Young Farm­ers Min­is­te­rial Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil re­cently met in March with a firm fo­cus on prac­ti­cal ac­tions and op­por­tu­ni­ties to sup­port young farm­ers, build­ing farm busi­ness man­age­ment ca­pac­ity and fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy skills for the next gen­er­a­tion of farm­ers.

Prac­ti­cal sup­port in­cludes Young Farmer Schol­ar­ships, which will open for ap­pli­ca­tions in mid- 2017 and be awarded to 10- 15 young farm­ers. Since 2015, 25 young farm­ers have been awarded schol­ar­ships of up to $ 10,000.

“Our young farm­ers are the fu­ture of agri­cul­ture, and we are get­ting on with giv­ing them the sup­port they need to in­crease pro­duc­tiv­ity, ef­fi­ciency and be the lead­ers of to­mor­row,” said Ms Pul­ford.

“Vic­to­rian dairy farm­ers con­tinue to shine above and be­yond the rest of Aus­tralia and we know it’s thanks to the in­ge­nu­ity and in­no­va­tion of our young lead­ers in the in­dus­try and as a gov­ern­ment, we stand right with you.

“We’ll con­tinue to work with in­dus­try part­ners and dairy farm­ers di­rectly to en­sure timely, tar­geted and well- co­or­di­nated sup­port is de­liv­ered when it’s needed.”

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