Scholarships available for young farmers

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, is encouraging young local primary producers to apply for funding under the Young Farmer Scholarships program.

Mr O’Brien said this program aims to help our young farmers succeed in their career by providing funding for training and development, as well as on-farm assistance.

“Primary production underpins the well-being of much of Gippsland South and is crucial in ensuring Victoria’s economy continues to grow and remains competitive in the future,” Mr O’Brien said.

“We are one of the biggest dairy regions in the country and our good rainfall and fertile soils are home to excellent beef production and horticulture farms. I know there are good young farmers out there who would benefit from this support.”

Successful applicants may receive up to $10,000, with up to $5,000 for study and a further $5,000 to invest on-farm or in professional development activities.

Mr O’Brien said the funding would allow young farmers to improve their management skills as well as prepare for future challenges while providing capital investment for their enterprise.

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must:

  • be aged 35 years or under at the time of the application closing date;
  • be working in a farm business in Victoria at least three days per week, and have been doing this work for the past three months or more;
  • have at least two years of total experience on-farm; and
  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident currently residing in Victoria.

“This is a great opportunity for young farmer,” Mr O’Brien said.

“I urge all eligible farmers across the electorate to apply for a scholarship.”

More information about the Young Farmer Scholarship program is available at www.vic.gov.au/youngfarmers.

Applications close 30 August 2017.

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