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Investing in leaders to support farmers and irrigators

Australia’s $60 billion agricultural industries, including irrigated agriculture, are set to benefit from funding to develop their leadership capacity from the Government’s $5 million Leadership in Agricultural Industries Fund.

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Luke Hartsuyker, announced grant funding for the National Farmers’ Federation and the National Irrigators Council while attending events as part of National Agriculture and Related Industries Day (21 November 2017).

“It’s important to support leadership in agriculture and these grants are a prime example of the fund’s aim to support projects that will have a lasting impact,” Minister Hartsuyker said.

“The National Farmers’ Federation will receive $206,070 to deliver an eight-day immersive leadership course run through the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation.

“This will establish a pool of up to 50 leaders who will work across the whole agricultural sector and mentor emerging leaders.

“The National Irrigators Council will receive $137,900 to train future leaders within member organisations through external training provided by the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Australian Rural Leadership Foundation and the Peter Cullen Trust.

“This will enhance the capacity of member organisations and the National Irrigators Council to better engage with government and the community, respond better to and manage change and improve corporate governance.

“The Government recognises how important strong industry leadership is to the ongoing success of our agriculture industries.

“We are ensuring these representative organisations are able to advocate agricultural and rural issues and champion their industries’ priorities to the wider community and the government.”

Source: Australian Government

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