Title: Young Farmers - Shaping the future of agriculture
Voice over: Harrison Brown's from the rural community of Boinka in the Mallee. He's an agricultural science student at the University of Adelaide and is working towards a future that combines agronomy with his passion for farming.
Harrison Brown – 2015 Upskill and Invest Scholarship recipient
Harrison: Ever since I was little I enjoyed going out on the farm with dad, whether it be five o'clock in the morning to go on the tractor, or any chance I had, I always jumped on it because I was so keen.
Voice over: Harrison was among thirteen students who last year received a Victorian Government 'Upskill and Invest' scholarship. The scholarships invest in the next generation of famers. For Harrison, it allowed him to continue his studies and make a tangible investment at home on the farm: an upskilling component of five thousand dollars towards training or study and five thousand dollars for on-farm professional development initiatives.
Harrison: Part of this scholarship was to come up with an investment that could be utilised and that would fit in well with the farming business. AgWorld is a great management portal. We're able to record data and operations in the paddock and also make farm plans.
Voice over: The scholarships are helping young farmers access exciting opportunities and build rewarding agricultural careers. They're also a confidence booster for young farmers and agricultural professionals.
Ian: I supposed I've done everything around the farm and I've handballed it to him and said 'Look mate, here's an opportunity, you run with it and I'll back you.' So that's what we've done and he's grabbed it with two hands and he's shown me how to run the program, set it up, and his brother as well. So that's, you know, he's the IT specialist.
Voice over: 2016 scholarships are now available. To apply or for more information on how the Victorian Government supports young farmers, visit Agriculture Victoria's website.