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Australia promotes careers in agriculture

The Rudd Government has opened up a second round of grants to promote careers in agriculture and support the next generation of rural leaders.

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Tony Burke urged organisations to apply for grants of up to $50,000 through Next Gen Farmers to support the development of young people in primary industries.

The Government has already provided more than $1.75 million in funding for 52 projects under the program this year.

Mr Burke said he had met many inspiring young people in rural and regional Australia who are leading their communities and industries.

“The median age of farmers is now over 50 years and we need to keep supporting these young leaders who want to pursue careers in agriculture,” Mr Burke said.

“This goes beyond working on the land – it also includes scientists, agronomists, environmental professionals and more.”

Next Gen projects funded earlier this year include a career opportunities showcase for senior high school students in North Queensland, a study tour of agribusiness in Tasmania and conferences, mentoring programs and other capacity building activities.

The grants will support activities which aim to:
- build and share knowledge and experience
- develop leadership and management skills
- boost participation in primary industries
- develop skills to contribute more effectively to government and industry decision making
- build networks among rural, regional and remote Australians.

by S. C.
07 november 2009, World News > Oceania