Scholarships for Victoria’s rising Food & Fibre stars

Congratulations to ATGA Communication Manager, Rowena Norris who was one of just three recipients to be awarded a scholarship under the Labor Government’s Food Source Victoria $2 million program. Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development, Jaala Pulford announced recipients Veronique Froelich, Anthony Leddin and Rowena Norris as three of regional Victoria’s ambitious and innovative food and fibre stars.
Rowena will study an Advanced Diploma of International Business Management to better understand business and logistics complexities both growers and exporters undergo when looking to expand their businesses and product lines into lucrative markets such as Asia, New Zealand and the Middle East.
Ms Froelich, based at Agropraisals in Cobram, will use the scholarship to attend the Produce Marketing Association Australia – New Zealand Executive Program to gain a better understating of how corporate fresh food buyers work and how to become a supplier of choice.
Mr Leddin, based at Valley Seeds Yarck, will attend the International Seed Federation Congress, the largest collaboration of seed companies globally in a bid to increase Valley Seeds’ export opportunities and help promote Victoria’s strengths as a reliable, quality provider of forage seed.
Food Source Victoria’s scholarship program is helping regional Victorians working in agriculture and food production enhance their business and export skills through accredited training and professional development.
It aims to provide individuals with assistance to develop skills that will equip them for meeting the growing global demand for Victoria’s premium food and fibre products.
Through Food Source Victoria, a further $18 million in grants is available to support agriculture and food businesses to work together to overcome some of the challenges associated with exporting their product.
Applications for scholarship program and business grants are still available – visit

Media Release from ALP Victoria