Eight Victorian dairy farmers have been awarded scholarships from the Gardiner Dairy Foundation to improve their business management and leadership skills.
The Farm Business Management Program has announced placements in two courses, with recipients to take part in either the Rabobank Executive Development Program or the Institute of Business Owners – Australian Owner Manager Program.
An additional successful scholar will undertake the Australian Rural Leadership Program when the recipient is announced later this year.
Gardiner Dairy Foundation chief executive Mary Harney said the scholarships would provide recipients with valuable development opportunities that will benefit the Victorian dairy industry.
‘‘It is essential for farmers to be equipped with the skills required to manage their own businesses and take control of their future,’’ Ms Harney said.
‘‘This is the resounding aim of the FBMP and we strongly encourage leadership developments, so as to give back to the dairy industry and widely spread the benefit.’’
Tongala farmer Scott Fitzgerald will take part in the Rabobank Executive Development Program, while Matt Glowrey from Swan Hill will attend the Institute of Business Owners program.
Each FBMP scholar will also join the Australian Dairy Leadership alumni, which will provide extensive opportunities for further collaboration and personal development.