Applications open for potato industry award
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Applications open for potato industry award

Applications are open for the 2016 Rabobank Potatoes South Australia and Ruralco Industry Award, for forward-thinking potato producers looking to improve themselves, their business and their industry.

Open to potato producers across South Australia, who are a key decision-maker in their business, the scholarship includes a position on Rabobank’s Executive Development Program – a ‘mini-MBA’ for leading farmers across Australia and New Zealand.

Potatoes South Australia has again partnered with Rabobank to offer the scholarship, with Ruralco coming on board this year to increase the value of the scholarship to cover 75 per cent of the Executive Development Program fee.

“This unique tri-partnership demonstrates our commitment to the future leaders of agriculture, and by increasing leadership and management capability, we can be confident that the industry will be in a sound place for sustainable growth and productivity,” Potatoes South Australia CEO Robbie Davis said.

Ruralco representative Peter Cook said Ruralco were excited to be involved in the award, and saw it as a unique opportunity to enhance the business skills of future leaders in the potato industry. “The award will not only have positive ramifications for the scholarship winner from a business perspective, but it will also provide a boost for the overall sector, in terms of overall productivity and growth,” he said.

Sponsoring the Potato Industry Award since 2014, Rabobank state manager for South Australia James Robinson said the opportunity for the award recipient to attend the Executive Development Program was “once in a lifetime”.

“Tailored for progressive primary producers looking to take their business to the next level, graduates return home armed with a more strategic mindset in the way they manage their business,” Mr Robinson said.

“It is not only the content that farmers find invaluable but the opportunity to mix with producers from across a wide array of industries in Australia and New Zealand – a network which continues well after the course has finished with regular alumni events,” he said.

A residential program consisting of two modules, Mr Robinson said the course covers all aspects of business management including strategic goal setting, negotiation, risk management and leadership.

Applications for the Rabobank Potatoes South Australia and Ruralco Industry Award are open until May 9, with the winner to be announced on June 3. Growers interested in applying for the scholarship should visit or contact Potatoes South Australia on 08 7221 1962 or email

Rabobank Australia & New Zealand Group 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 40 countries, servicing the needs of approximately 8.6 million clients worldwide through a network of more than 1000 offices and branches. Rabobank Australia & New Zealand Group is one of Australasia’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 Australia and New Zealand.

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