Young farmers across Victoria are being encouraged to take advantage of an opportunity to expand their skills, knowledge and agricultural expertise through the latest program backed by the Andrews Government.
Victorian Agriculture Minister Jaclyn Symes has launched this year’s Upskill and Invest Young Farmers Scholarships, which allow successful applicants to access study and training, as well as invest in on-farm initiatives and further professional development.
The program offers scholarships of up to $10 000 to support training and study in areas such as business and risk management, genetics and pasture management development.
Once recipients complete their studies, they will receive further funding of up to $5000 to invest in putting their new skills into practice in fields such as professional development and business planning, or to invest in on-farm practices, equipment and technology.
To ensure young people continue to develop the skills they need to build successful careers in agriculture, the government is investing $375 000 in the scholarship program over the next three years.
The Upskill and Invest Young Farmers Scholarship program has successfully supported 63 young farmers to develop their skills across a range of agriculture sectors since 2015.
The scholarships are open to farmers aged 35 or under who have been working in farm businesses for at least three days a week for the past three months, with at least two years total experience on-farm.
As well as the scholarship program, the government is supporting the next generation of farmers through a range of other programs, including the Young Farmer Business Bootcamps, Young Farmer Business Network and the Young Farmers Advisory Council.
Applications close on Sunday, June 14.
To find out more about the program and to apply for a scholarship, visit: www.vic.gov.au/youngfarmers