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Last call for applications for Rabobank’s farm business management program

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article image Rabobank business programs manager Nerida Sweetapple

Applications for the Rabobank Farm Managers Program, Australasia’s leading agricultural business management course for the next generation of farm leaders will close at the end of this month.

Now in its eighth year, the prestigious Rabobank program offers young farmers from across Australia and New Zealand, and a range of agricultural sectors, the opportunity to develop and enhance their business management skills.

Rabobank business programs manager Nerida Sweetapple says the Farm Managers Program is constantly evolving to reflect the changing challenges and opportunities in agriculture. Adjustments are made each year to the program content to reflect feedback from participants and Rabobank’s own research.

According to Ms Sweetapple, the recently-added Attitudinal Health sessions, for instance have been very valuable for participants as the content covers the need for farm managers of the future to be healthy so they can properly run their businesses.

The Rabobank Farm Managers Program is delivered in one week-long residential module, covering the latest practices in business management, leadership, planning, finance, and communication, and how these can be applied directly to participants’ farm businesses.

A limited selection of high-calibre applicants is made each year from a group of leading farmers representing a range of commodities and geographical locations in Australia and New Zealand.

Many past participants have credited the Farm Managers Program with giving them the tools and inspiration to develop their farm career and take their plans to the next level. Apart from imparting skills and techniques, the program also guides participants to develop a commercially-driven perspective on farm management and the ability to put systems and structures in place to manage growth.

Applications for the 2013 Rabobank Farm Managers Program are open until 26 April. This year’s program will be held at the Grange Cleveland Winery, Lancefield, Victoria from Monday 17 to Friday 21 June, 2013.

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