Australian Dairy Farmers has been awarded a $335000 grant from the Federal Government to identify and train future leaders in Australia’s dairy industry.
The funding will focus on developing programs that will future-proof and modernise the organisation and develop future leaders.
ADF president Terry Richardson welcomed the grant funding.
‘‘A strong dairy industry is vital to the ongoing prosperity of regional communities and the Australian economy; and the receipt of this fund is further evidence of that,’’ Mr Richardson said.
‘‘To meet the ongoing challenges and opportunities our industry is facing, we must have strong leadership across the sector, from our dairy communities right through to the ADF Board.’’
Assistant Agriculture and Water Resources Minister Anne Ruston said sound, visionary leadership was critical to the sustainable growth of all agricultural industries.
‘‘This is especially the case with Australia’s dairy industry,’’ Senator Ruston said.
‘‘This is an industry which has been impacted by many substantial changes over the years, some of them quite drastic or wrenching, and keenly felt by both producers and consumers.
‘‘Strong effective leadership can make all the difference in managing change and ensuring sustainable industry growth.
‘‘By identifying and investing in the leaders of the future we are ensuring Australia’s dairy farmers will have the advocacy skills and know-how to champion their industry’s priorities.’’