Lauren Peterson transcript
Lauren Peterson – Boorcan, Victoria
[Voice over] Lauren and her partner run a dairy farm in Boorcan, Victoria. Lauren is new to agriculture, having moved from town to take up the challenges of dairy farming.
Lauren Peterson (Upskill and Invest Young Farmers Scholarship Recipient)
[Lauren] It's pretty funny, anyone that knows me before I moved to the country when they find out that I'm now dairy farming, they can't believe it and there's some days that I think, 'oh what have I done'. But this is my workplace now, and its beautiful, its relaxing, its stressful, its challenging. Its really hard to articulate why we love what we do. But we're working as team, we're developing our own business, we're working with amazing animals and contribute to such an amazing industry that Australia has and that's really rewarding.
[Voice over] Lauren is among 25 young farmers who have received a Victorian Government Upskill and Invest – Young Farmers Scholarship. The scholarships invest in the next generation of farmers. For Lauren, the $10,000 scholarship provided a fantastic Launchpad to kick start her farming career.
[Lauren] The award's not only given me the education in terms of the knowledge and skills to help build upon the work of our business but it's also given me the opportunity to have confidence and to reach out and ask questions, to seek out more information, to seek other experiences and to meet people along the way. And that's been the biggest benefit of my studies. It's not just the actual foundation studies that I learnt through my diploma but also the opportunities I've had since.
[Voice over] The Young Farmers Scholarships are helping young farmers access exciting opportunities and build rewarding agricultural careers. They are also a confidence booster for young farmers and agricultural professionals.
[Voice over] For more information on Victorian Government support for young farmers, visit the Agriculture Victoria website
Authorised by the Victorian Government, 1 Treasury Place Melbourne.