The state government's Upskill and Invest Young Farmers scholarships are now open to young farmers looking to access study and training, and then invest on-farm or in further professional development.
Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes has opened the 2019 program and encouraged young famers to apply.
Up to $10000 is available per scholarship - with each recipient eligible for up to $5000 to support their training and study in areas such as business and risk management, genetics and pasture management development.
Once recipients complete their studies, they will receive further support of up to $5000 to put their new skills into practice through professional development, business planning or to invest on-farm in equipment.
"Young farmers today need a broad range of skills to keep up with a changing industry - and Labor's Young Farmers Scholarship program will make sure they're supported to keep learning and growing," Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes said.
"The program is part of our commitment to attract and support the next generation of farmers, and make sure we keep producing the agricultural talent our growing $14.1 billion industry needs."
The Young Farmers Scholarship program has successfully supported 50 young farmers to develop their skills across a range of agriculture sectors since 2015.
The state government is investing $500,000 in the scholarship program over the next four years.
Applications for this year's round of scholarships are open 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.
To find out more about the program and to apply for a scholarship, visit http://agriculture.vic.gov.au.
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