Grant for Berridale Ag Bureau

THE BERRIDALE Agricultural Bureau has won a grant for $5,142 to fund an educational program for farmers.

The funding came from the ANZ Seeds of Renewal grant program.

Berridale Ag Bureau publicity officer Jen Wetselaar applied for the grant in June, said the Ag Bureau would be planning three half-day farming workshops which they would call 'Berridale Better Farming Days'.

"The grant will also allow us to buy data projector, projection screen and a wireless microphone and public address system, which we will also be able to use in the ewe comp," Ms Wetselaar said.

ANZ District Executive for NSW South and ACT Stuart Hancock said the grant will fund training sessions for up to 60 farmers, engaging them in hands-on learning around new agricultural industry innovations.

"Seeds of Renewal provides grants of up to $10,000 for education and employment projects in regional communities of fewer than 15,000 people," Mr Hancock said.

"The program is funded by ANZ and independently administered by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR).

"The Berridale Agricultural Bureau is run by a small, passionate committee and I'm pleased we're able to support their work through the Seeds of Renewal program."

Mr Hancock commented that farmers in the region are spread across a 100km radius.

"Which is one of the reasons why this initiative has such broad community support - local farmers are keen to come together and to build a network with others exposed to similar new concepts, techniques and processes," Mr Hancock said.

Since the Seeds of Renewal program was launched in 2003, ANZ has provided more than $3 million in grants to 635 regional communities across Australia.

Alexandra Gartmann, FRRR's Chief Executive Officer, said philanthropic support for local communities is a catalyst, building capacity and strengthening sustainable outcomes.

"The challenges in local communities are often best solved by local people. A 'hand-up' can enable a transformation, and we are delighted to be able to provide this through Seeds of Renewal grants," Ms Gartmann said.

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