12 young farmers across regional Victoria have been awarded scholarships of up to $10,000 to pursue agricultural study and training.
Each recipient will receive up to $5,000 to support training and study in areas such as farming, business and financial literacy, risk management, and product development.
Upon completion of their studies, students will then receive an additional $5,000 to be used on-farm or in professional development, to help secure the agriculture industry into the future.
The successful recipients include Julie McClelland, from Flow FM region Buloke, as well as:
- Benjamin Way, Macedon Ranges
- Christopher Drew, Baw Baw
- Daniel Lutz, Glenelg
- Daniel Mullins, Central Goldfields
- Edwina Hayes, Moyne
- Jed McGennisken, Wellington
- Kate Wilson, Baw Baw
- Sarah Johnson, Greater Bendigo
- Simone Kelly, East Gippsland
- Stewart Moroney, Wellington
- Victoria Mulcahy, Campaspe
Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford said the scholarships are key to maintaining a successful agricultural industry into the future.
“Attracting the next generation of farmers to a life on the land is crucial to meet the growing demand for high quality, safe produce and improve access to key markets, such as Asia and the Middle East.
“Our young farmers are the future of agriculture, and our Government is getting on with giving them the support they need to increase productivity, efficiency and be the leaders of tomorrow,” she said.
Applications for 2018 agricultural scholarship will open in mid-2017 to farmers aged 35 or under who have been working in farm businesses for at least 3 days a week for the past 3 months.