Local Farmers Receive Scholarships

Posted: 12th Jan

Jed McGennisken and Stewart Moroney, of Wellington Shire, and Simone Kelly, of East Gippsland, were amongst twelve young farmers from across Victoria who received Young Farmers Scholarship Awards of up to $10,000 this month.

Each recipient will receive up to $5,000 to support their agricultural training and study in areas such as farming, business and financial literacy, risk management, and product development. Once the students complete their studies, they will receive an additional funding boost of up to $5,000 to invest on-farm or in professional development – helping them put new skills into practice.

Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford, announced all the winners of the second Young Farmers Scholarship Awards yesterday.

“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,” Ms Pulford explained.

The additional funding will help the young farmers apply their skills in the industry and secure agriculture jobs in the future.

Applications for next year’s round of grants will be open in mid-2017 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.