Graduation for scholarship growers

Graduation for scholarship growers

The first three recipients of a CANEGROWERS scholarship for rural leadership courses have finished a busy and rewarding week in Canberra.

Simon Ricciardi (Isis), Frank Perna (Mackay) and Jason Salvetti (Tableland) have completed a Training Rural Australians in Leadership (TRAIL) program with the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation. Also on the course was Tanya Howard of Bundaberg CANEGROWERS who was sponsored by the National Irrigators’ Council.

CANEGROWERS CEO Dan Galligan joined the participants for their graduation dinner and thanked the families and colleagues of the participants for supporting them and making it possible for them to be away from their farm businesses for the week.

“These scholarships are an important investment in one of our industry’s most valuable resources – the men and women of Australia’s sugarcane industry,” he said.

“The TRAIL program is a fantastic opportunity for our emerging rural leaders who want to increase their leadership knowledge, meet new role models and develop a supportive network."

CANEGROWERS is currently accepting inquiries and applications for three scholarships for The Agribusiness Leadership Program. This program is about developing personal and professional skills, a better understanding of sector challenges and collaborating with peers.

“The Leadership Program can offer new pathways and opportunities for leaders to network and learn from their peers, and to develop their leadership, communication and negotiation skills,” Mr Galligan said.

“Both programs are fantastic opportunities for our next leaders to grow and learn, and then bring that knowledge and expertise back to their communities and local industries in order to build a stronger and more sustainable farming future for all of us.”