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Young farmers cannot afford to sit still – applications for the 2011 Rabobank Farm Managers Program open

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article image Daniel Walker completed the 2010 Farm Managers Program

The future decision makers of farming can’t afford to sit still. Keeping up with growing trends and technologies is crucial, as is better understanding of agribusiness. As such, young farmers are encouraged to apply for the 2011 Rabobank Farm Managers Program.

Daniel Walker, from Longreach completed the 2010 Farm Managers Program. He says the course helped motivate him to take the family business to the next level. It gave him confidence and sound agribusiness knowledge.

“I wanted to keep up with growing trends and technologies and improve my understanding of the agribusiness industry – there is so much information out there that can help us better manage our business,” Walker said.

“I really feel re-energised – the program was uplifting and being with other people around my age in a similar position to myself, who want to learn to drive their business to the next level, I’ve gained more self-confidence and direction in what I’m doing with our business.”

Walker runs ‘Wakefield’ a sheep and cattle station in central-western QLD with his wife Brooke, in partnership with his brother and parents. Having taken on the management of his parents’ property, Daniel said the Farm Managers Program was relevant to his family business structure, where succession planning has been a key focus in managing the development of their operation.

The program, which is now in its sixth year, is modelled on Rabobank’s Executive Development Program. It aims to strengthen the operational and strategic skills of tomorrow’s farm managers and covers topics around leadership, business planning, financial and economic management, and succession planning. Open to young farmers from across Australia and New Zealand from a range of agricultural commodities, it is not restricted to Rabobank clients.

Rabobank group executive country banking Neil Dobbin announced the opening of applications for the 2011 Farm Managers Program. He said the main focus of the program was to educate young farmers with the ability to successfully grow and build on their business management skills.

He said the program covers issues such as global trends, higher demand for food in Asia, price volatility, gaining access into new markets, as well as taking advantage of marketing techniques to strategically position farm businesses.

Applications for the 2011 Rabobank Farm Managers Program are open until 29 April. The number of participants is limited to 36 and the program will be held at Clear Mountain Lodge in Brisbane from 20th - 24th June.

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