The Farm Business Management (FBM) Program is a major investment by Gardiner in their People Development Portfolio, and aims to support 30 Victorian dairy farmers over three years who are committed to extending their business knowledge and capabilities and to improve the dairy sector as a whole.

The ten scholarships available to farmers in 2016 include the Australian Rural Leadership Program scholarship; six University of Queensland Business School scholarships; and three Rabobank Executive Development Program scholarships. Successful graduates will also be inducted into Gardiner’s Australian Dairy Leadership Alumni, which provides emerging dairy industry leaders with an opportunity to connect with like-minded industry stakeholders and continue to develop professionally.

Chief Executive of the Gardiner Dairy Foundation, Mary Harney said Gardiner was thrilled to offer independent support to assist Victorian dairy farmers to build on their knowledge around farm business management, risk management and decision making, as part of its vision to develop a long term and vibrant future for dairy.

“We are thrilled to be investing in current and emerging leaders through programs integrated across dairy’s entire value chain. The scholarships are a fantastic opportunity for farmers to learn how to confidently respond to challenges, risks and opportunities in the dairy sector, which in turn delivers ongoing benefits to the wider dairy community.”

Applications for the 2016 FBM Program Scholarships are currently open and close on Friday, 25 March 2016. Interviews for the finalists will be held in Melbourne on Monday, 11 and Tuesday, 12 April 2016.

Farmers interested in applying or finding out more information should contact the Gardiner Dairy Foundation on (03) 8621 2911 or email or download the brochure here