Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Young Primary Producers Asked to Apply for Farm Management Course; {ldquo}It Is No Longer Enough for Farmers to Be Good at Production Alone, They Must Also Be Exceptional Business Managers as Well.{Rdquo}

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Young Primary Producers Asked to Apply for Farm Management Course; {ldquo}It Is No Longer Enough for Farmers to Be Good at Production Alone, They Must Also Be Exceptional Business Managers as Well.{Rdquo}

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DEVELOPING strong business and leadership skills in up-and-coming young farmers is vital to the future of Australian agriculture, according to a leading agricultural banker.

Rabobank group executive Neil Dobbin said with overall farmer numbers contracting, the young primary producers of today would assume an increasingly influential role in shaping the fortunes of Australian agriculture in coming decades.

"While farmer numbers overall are declining, the role of today's young farmers will be far more influential and they will control a proportionally larger component of agriculture into the future," he said.

Speaking at the opening of applications for the annual Rabobank Farm Management Program, Mr Dobbin said projections indicated that in less than a decade, young farmers who are currently aged between 25 and 35 would make up nearly 20 per cent of Australia's farming population.

"And, with the average size of farming operations growing, these farmers will be managing significantly larger, more innovative, efficient and 'high-tech' businesses," he said.

Mr Dobbin said it was crucial young farmers have the business management and leadership skills to evolve into the country's leading producers. …

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