THERE’S still time to apply for the State Government’s Young Farmers Scholarship program.
The government launched the latest round of the scholarships late last month, highlighting a local dairy farmer as a shining example of how the funds can help set up productive and profitable agricultural careers.
Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes went on a tour of the Loch dairy farm of past recipient Kate Kirk, whom she described as “a fantastic leader for other young farmers”.
Kate, 33, used her scholarship to complete an advanced hoof care course in New Zealand in 2017, sharing her learnings with her employees and other farmers upon her return to Australia.
Applications for the Upskill and Invest Young Farmers Scholarships are open now until August 9, 2019, to farmers aged 35 or under who have been working in farm businesses at least three days a week for the past three months, with at least two years total experience on-farm.
Recipients are eligible for up to $5000 to support training and study in areas such as business and risk management, genetics and pasture management development; and further support of up to $5000 to put new skills into practice through professional development, business planning or by investing in on-farm equipment.
To find out more about the program and to apply for a scholarship, visit http://agriculture.vic.gov.au