Education scholarships available for young farmers

YOUNG FARMERS: Toby Locke, chief executive of Future Farmers Network. Photo: Supplied

YOUNG FARMERS: Toby Locke, chief executive of Future Farmers Network. Photo: Supplied

FUTURE Farmers Network is inviting young farmers to apply for their $1,000 scholarships to study a course of the applicants’ choice with RuralBiz Training.

FFN chief executive Toby Locke said they had three annual scholarships available but hoped to add more in the near future in collaboration with the online college.

“Our members are students, people working on farms and people in agribusiness and most are in the 18 to 35 year-old age bracket,” Mr Locke said.

“Education was one of the key priorities for FFN members in the 2017 survey and this is a great start to improving young aggies future, especially with a RuralBiz’s focus on rural and remote areas. 

“Online training means that students can study from home, and can arrange their times to fit around their farm schedules. 

“RuralBiz Trainers are usually degree qualified farmers themselves who can offer very practical feedback to their students. 

“It’s a great use of technology to improve the lives of people everywhere.”

Mr Locke said FFN also had an education fund for one-off financial assistance to young farmers who needed a leg up to further their careers.

“For example if a member wanted to attend the Young Beef Producers Forum in Roma and couldn’t afford it, we might be able to help make that happen,” he said.

“But for the scholarships, all you need to apply is to be a member, be aged 18 to 35 and be able to study.”