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Agriculture, Rural & Regional

Farm Business Skills Professional Development Program

Funder:  NSW – Department of Primary Industries, Rural Assistance Authority

Grant Background: As part of the NSW Government’s Drought Strategy, a Farm Business Skills Professional Development Program has been developed to support farm business in all conditions, but particularly in relation to preparing for and responding to drought.

The Farm Business Skills – Professional Development Program will provide:

  • the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills to build improved resilience and adaptability in the agricultural business.
  • exposure to new ideas, tools and techniques that businesses can use.
  • a range of products and services that engage the wide diversity of skills, knowledge and experience within the agricultural business sector.
  • a focus on building the skills and knowledge of agricultural businesses to manage risk, financial and business planning or decision making capacity.

Approved participants are able to claim reimbursement of costs (up to 50% of eligible costs, exclusive of GST) upon completion of the course/activity.

Three professional development priority areas have been identified:

  • Risk management
  • Financial and business management
  • Farm business planning/drought preparedness.

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Agriculture, Education

NSW Farmers’ Association Tertiary Scholarships 2019

Funder:  NSW Farmers’ Association

Grant Background: Agriculture is a vibrant, global, and highly competitive industry that will need to attract and retain the best and brightest. NSW Farmers Association aims for excellence in the future workforce by awarding annual scholarships.

The Tertiary Scholarships demonstrate our commitment to our members and the industry by recognising the value of education to the future of agriculture.
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Agriculture, Environmental, Rural & Regional

On Farm Energy Grants

Funder:  Agriculture Victoria

Grant Background: Victorian Farmers are now able to apply for an on-farm energy grant.

The on-farm energy grants are available to eligible primary producers until March 2020 or until available funding is exhausted (whichever comes first). Apply early so you don’t miss out.

Grants will be provided on a “dollar for dollar” cash co-contribution basis. Recipients are required to contribute at least 50 per cent of the total cash costs of the project.

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Agriculture, Education, Latest Grants, Rural & Regional

Rural Bank Scholarship

Funder:  Rural Bank

Grant Background: In 2019, Rural Bank will be awarding up to 25 new scholarships to first-time undergraduate university students enrolled in studies that will enable them to contribute to the Australian agricultural industry.

The expanded program includes 10 additional scholarships to be awarded to students from communities affected by drought, alongside up to 15 scholarships on offer for regional and rural students across Australia.

This funding aims to support study-related expenses covering such things as accommodation costs, course costs, study materials and equipment, textbooks or tutoring.

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Agriculture, Environmental, Latest Grants, Rural & Regional

Smart Farms Small Grants

Funder:  National Landcare

Grant Background: The Australian Government’s National Landcare Program aims to protect, conserve and provide for the productive use of Australia’s water, soil, plants and animals and the ecosystems in which they live and interact, in partnership with industry, communities and other governments.

Smart Farms Small Grants—is a $55 million competitive small grants program over several rounds to support the adoption of best practices that improves the management and quality of our natural resources and increases on-farm productivity.

Suitable project activities may include:

  • Establishing a demonstration and monitoring site for best practice management of on-farm vegetation that includes livestock controls and that will result in sustainable agriculture outcomes.
  • Demonstrating methods to monitor and manage groundcover to assist land managers to maintain levels above minimum thresholds to reduce soil and nutrient loss through wind and water erosion and improve air and/or water quality.
  • Undertaking an extension program to train land managers in how to best manage surface and subsurface soil acidification to improve productivity and avoid future loss of productive land.
  • Demonstrating methods to improve nutrient use efficiency where this will reduce losses into waterways while improving productivity and reducing nitrous oxide emissions.
  • Conducting workshops to increase the capacity of land managers to improve soil health through better management of soil structure where it can be demonstrated that this will lead to increased productivity.
  • Improving the capacity of Australian farmers to demonstrate the sustainability of their operations in response to market demands, where this is likely to result in increased adoption of sustainable practices.
  • Extension of industry guidelines and codes of practice for sustainable management practice activities in the fishing and aquaculture industries.
  • Improved use of seasonal climate forecasting where this will assist land holders to adapt to changing local conditions and improve land management.

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Agriculture, Education, Latest Grants, Rural & Regional

2019 Education Scholarships

If you are a new or existing student in 2019 undertaking a TAFE or other tertiary studies, then the range of scholarship opportunities below may be of interest:

BRAGG BEQUEST SCHOLARSHIP
Hardship-based scholarship for a Charles Sturt University student in full-time first year studying Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management or Agricultural Science. Deadline 3 February. For more information: CLICK HERE

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Agriculture, Education, Latest Grants, Rural & Regional

AgriFutures-Horizon Scholarship

Funder:  AgriFutures Australia

Scholarship Background: AgriFutures-Horizon Scholarship is an initiative supporting students enrolled in full-time study at an Australian university by providing:

  • A bursary of $5000 per year for the final two years of your degree
  • Professional development workshops
  • Annual industry work placements aligned with the scholar’s areas of interest and their sponsor’s industry
  • Opportunities to network and gain knowledge at a range of industry events.

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