Title: Young Farmers - Shaping the future of agriculture
Voice over: Tom Batters is from St Arnaud in the Wimmera. His family owns a five thousand acre mixed farming property and Tom's studying a Masters in agricultural science at the University of Melbourne. But farming wasn't always in Tom's plans.
Harrison Brown – 2015 Upskill and Invest Scholarship recipient
Tom: I had a bit of a change in career, I did do exercise science at the start - you can't take the country out of the boy.
Voice over: Tom was among thirteen students who last year received a Victorian Government 'Upskill and Invest' scholarship. The scholarships invest in the next generation of farmers. They comprise an upskilling component of five thousand dollars for training or study, and five thousand dollars for on-farm professional development initiatives. For Tom , the scholarship has allowed him to pursue his interest in sheep breeding and nutrition.
Tom: We invested in electronic ID scanning system. That allowed us to better monitor our stock. They basically get scanned, their tag gets read and they just sort of go through. It's a lot easier to be able to manage it, much more simple and effective.
Voice over: The scholarships are helping young farmers access exciting opportunities and build rewarding agricultural careers.
Tom: It really opened up a door for me to sort of get involved in something. Dad's not great with technology, but if Dad can see the benefit of it then it gives me that sort of - allows me to have input into the decision making on the farm, which is great.
Rob: It was always my dream to have electronic tags, to go that way, and it's terrific. We've only just taken the first few steps but just to be able to press a button and have all that information there at your fingertips, it's fantastic.
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.