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In an effort to upskill our women and men on the land, a new program has been launched to support courses in farm business planning and vocational training. If you're a farmer keen for a bit of professional development, then you’ll be pleased to hear you may be eligible to claim up to $9000 for your agribusiness.

Last week Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair launched the $45 million Farm Business Skills Professional Development Program, a big chunk of spend from the NSW Drought Strategy. The funding is all part of a broader plan to help farmers be as strong as they can be when it comes to preparing for the worst, like drought. Individual farmers can claim up to $5000, while businesses can receive up to $9000 over the next five years. 

Due to the unpredictable nature of farming, the Government has acknowledged the need to get those working in the sector as prepared and financially savvy as they can be. Training opportunities are being made available for risk management, financial and business management and, farm business planning and drought preparedness.

Farmers are encouraged to apply via the Rural Assistance Authority (RAA) who will then provide information on the programs available. Providers wishing to get their courses approved can also do so through the RAA. 

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