YOUNG farmers across the Murray Plains electorate are being encouraged to apply for scholarships aimed at helping them succeed in their food and fibre career.
Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh said the Young Farmer Scholarships program provided primary producers under the age of 35 with funding for training and development, as well as on-farm assistance.
‘‘Food and fibre production underpins the wellbeing of rural communities and is crucial in ensuring Victoria’s economy grows strongly and is competitive in the future,’’ Mr Walsh said.
He urged young farmers across the electorate to seriously consider applying for a grant.
Successful applicants can receive up to $10,000, with up to $5000 for study and a further $5000 to invest on-farm or in professional development activities.
Mr Walsh said the funding would allow young farmers to improve their management skills as well as prepare for future challenges, while also 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 a 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 residing in Victoria.
‘‘It is a great opportunity for young farmers to get a start in the agriculture sector,’’ Mr Walsh said.
More information is available at www.vic.gov.au/youngfarmers
Applications close August 30.