The Andrews Labor Government is backing Victoria’s next generation of food and fibre leaders, with applications now open for round four of the Upskill and Invest Young Farmers Scholarship Program.
Since the launch of the program in 2015, Young Farmers Scholarships have helped a diverse range of young farmers grow their careers by upskilling, implementing new on-farm initiatives and boosting their professional networks.
Over the course of the program, 38 young farmers working across the agriculture supply chain have received scholarships, funding study in areas such as primary production, business management, research and technology.
The Program recognises that in the future, young farmers will need a broad range of skills so they can embrace new technologies, respond to a range of challenges and capitalise on emerging opportunities.
The Program is part of the Labor Government’s ongoing investment in attracting and retaining the next generation of farmers, and ensuring the future prosperity of Victoria’s $13.1 billion agriculture sector.
Up to $10,000 is available for farmers and farm workers aged 35 years or under to help them with professional development and career progression.
This includes $5,000 for study, backed by a further $5,000 to invest on-farm or in professional development activities to help put new skills into practice.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford
“Every young person should have the opportunity and support they need to reach their full potential – that’s why we’re backing our dedicated young farmers through the Young Farmers Scholarship Program.”
“From Business Bootcamps to the Young Farmers Upskill and Invest Scholarships – we’re helping young farmers grow their careers, boost their business skills and forge new connections both locally and internationally.”
“These important scholarships are helping equip the next generation of agricultural leaders with the connections and the business skills they need to survive and thrive in a competitive global market.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020