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Applications closing – calling young farmers for leading management program

April 15, 2015

Applications are soon to close for Rabobank’s highly-regarded Farm Managers Program which gives participants the chance to take away new skills and techniques with a commercially-driven perspective on farm management.

Rabobank Business Programs Manager Nerida Sweetapple says the program offers young farmers from across New Zealand and Australia from a range of agricultural sectors the opportunity to develop and enhance their business management skills.

“It’s becoming increasingly important to remain commercially driven in all aspects of farm management and the next generation of farm owners and managers want to develop their skills to maintain their ‘edge’, as ambassadors for the future of agriculture,” Ms Sweetapple says.

“We are seeking high-achieving, energetic individuals keen to develop their strategic thinking and management skills in an agricultural context to apply for the Farm Managers Program and enhance their potential success as farmers.

“Participants gain many benefits from their experiences on the program – increased confidence in themselves personally and professionally, access to a network of like-minded farmers, and fine-tuned business skills relevant to their farming enterprises.”

Designed to strengthen the operational and strategic skills of emerging farmers, the Farm Managers Program is modelled on the highly-respected Rabobank Executive Development Program, a long-standing business development course for leading New Zealand and Australian farmers.

2015 marks the 10th year of Rabobank’s Farm Managers Program, with more than 300 young farmers from across New Zealand and Australia graduating from the program since its inception in 2006.

Delivered in one week-long residential module, the program covers the latest practices in business management, leadership, planning, finance, and communication and how these can be applied directly to participants’ farm businesses.

Only a limited number of quality applicants are accepted for each year’s intake, selected from a group of leading farmers from a range of commodities and geographical locations in New Zealand and Australia. The program is open to all farmers and not limited to Rabobank clients.

Applications for the 2015 Rabobank Farm Managers Program are open until April 27, 2015.

In previous years the course has been oversubscribed and only 36 applicants from across New Zealand and Australia will be offered places on the program which will be held at the Grange Cleveland Winery, Victoria, Australia from Monday 15 to Friday 19 June, 2015.

Farmers interested in an application form or any further information on the Rabobank Business Management Programs should visit or contact Rabobank Business Programs manager Nerida Sweetapple on +61 2 8115 4139 or email

Rabobank New Zealand & Australia is a part of the international Rabobank Group, the world's leading specialist in food and agribusiness banking. Rabobank has more than 115 years' experience providing customised banking and finance solutions to businesses involved in all aspects of food and agribusiness. Rabobank is structured as a cooperative and operates in 41 countries, servicing the needs of approximately 10 million clients worldwide through a network of more than 1600 offices and branches. Rabobank New Zealand & Australia is one of New Zealand's leading rural lenders and a significant provider of business and corporate banking and financial services to the region's food and agribusiness sector. The bank has 94 branches throughout New Zealand & Australia.

Media contacts:
Denise Shaw
Media Relations
Rabobank Australia & New Zealand
Phone: +61 2 8115 2744 or +61 439 603 525 

Jess Webb
Media Relations
Rabobank Australia & New Zealand
Phone: +61 7 3115 1832 or +61 418 216 103
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