Farm schol­ar­ships

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Ag Life -

North­ern Grampians Shire mu­nic­i­pal lead­ers have en­cour­aged young farm­ers in the shire to ap­ply for the State Govern­ment’s 2019 Up­skill and In­vest – Young Farm­ers Schol­ar­ships.

Cr Tony Driscoll said the shire was home to many young farm­ers.

“We cer­tainly urge all of our young farm­ers to ap­ply, as it is a great op­por­tu­nity to not only get some fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance, but up­skill them­selves at the same time,” he said.

The govern­ment will in­vest $500,000 into the schol­ar­ship pro­gram dur­ing the next four years, with up to $10,000 per schol­ar­ship avail­able to young peo­ple to help con­tinue de­vel­op­ing the skills they need to build suc­cess­ful ca­reers in agri­cul­ture.

Each re­cip­i­ent can re­ceive up to $5000 to sup­port their train­ing and study, fol­lowed by up to a fur­ther $5000 to put their new skills into prac­tice.

To qual­ify, ap­pli­cants need to be 35 years or younger, with at least two years of ex­pe­ri­ence on farm and be work­ing in a food and fi­bre farm business in Vic­to­ria at least three days a week for the past three months. Ap­pli­ca­tions close at 5pm on Au­gust 9. Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Ja­clyn Symes said young farm­ers needed a broad range of skills to keep up with a chang­ing in­dus­try.

“The pro­gram is part of our com­mit­ment to at­tract and sup­port the next gen­er­a­tion of farm­ers, and make sure we keep pro­duc­ing the agri­cul­tural tal­ent our grow­ing $14.1-bil­lion in­dus­try needs,” she said.

Peo­ple can find out more or ap­ply for the schol­ar­ship via web­site agri­cul­ture.vic.gov.au/agri­cul­ture/food-and-fi­bre-in­dus­tries/ young-farm­ers/schol­ar­ship-pro­gram.

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