Fodder scholarship from AFIA and Lallemand open now

Fodder scholarship valued at $3000 from AFIA and Lallemand open now

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A $3000 scholarship for young people working in the fodder industry or studying is up for grabs from Lallemand Animal Nutrition and the Australian Fodder Industry Association (AFIA).

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OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS: Winner of the 2018 Lallemand GenAg Future Fund scholarship Cameron Lowe used the $3000 to travel to China.

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS: Winner of the 2018 Lallemand GenAg Future Fund scholarship Cameron Lowe used the $3000 to travel to China.

A $3000 scholarship for young people working in the fodder industry or studying is up for grabs.

Lallemand Animal Nutrition and the Australian Fodder Industry Association (AFIA) are offering the scholarship to help with educational costs or to kick-start projects that will help the fodder industry.

"The next generation are the drivers of our industry," AFIA CEO John McKew said.

"Their skills, knowledge and experience will lead the expanding and developing fodder industry and we want to provide their educational journey with a head-start."

"Lallemand Animal Nutrition and AFIA see this scholarship as a long-term investment in the industry."

Fodder producer Cameron Lowe, from Wasleys, SA, used the money from his 2018 scholarship to travel to China as part of his university course.

Studying a Bachelor of Farm Business management, he said the tour provided insight into the hay market few growers had ever seen.

"In China, exporters Hay Australia showed us what happens on the ground and at the plant," Mr Lowe said.

"As a fodder producer, this understanding of the market, customers and the process involved in selling our hay cemented my trust in the industry and its future."

But the benefits of the scholarship stretched beyond the financial assistance.

"I travelled with Lallemand to regions of Victoria where I learnt about silage production," Mr Lowe said.

"At home, we produce about 120,000 small squares a year but we are always on the lookout to do something else."

"Farming these days is about diversity and this opportunity to learn about other parts of the industry gave me the confidence to consider different options on-farm."

The scholarship is open for those 18-35 years of age (at the time of application) and they must be studying, planning to study or wishing to undertake a specific project to benefit the Australian fodder industry.

The successful applicant will show they can make a long-term contribution to the Australian fodder industry and more broadly, Australian agriculture.

Among the requirements for applications is an explanation how the winner would apply the funds from the Lallemand GenAg Future Fund.

Applications close on June 30, 2020.

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