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Farm management program applications open

bright red and orange open signOften coined the ‘mini MBA’ for farmers, the Rabobank Executive Development Program, which gives farmers from across Australia and New Zealand the opportunity to enhance their business management skills and take their enterprises forward, is open for applications for its 2015 course intake.

Rabobank group executive for country banking Australia, Peter Knoblanche, says primary producers with a thirst for knowledge and ambition to drive results back into their farm business should apply for the program.

“The business of agricultural enterprise has become increasingly complex, with farm owners and managers needing to draw equally on their farm knowledge and professional business skills,” Knoblanche says.

“The Rabobank Executive Development Program is a management program tailored to primary production to help strategic thinkers – leading farmers – develop and harness opportunities for their business, expanding their knowledge around key foundations of management, strategy, and people.”

Now in its nineteenth year, the program covers all aspects of rural enterprise management to help drive sustainable business growth, including strategic goal setting, negotiating, and people management.

Applications for Rabobank’s 2015 Executive Development Program are open until Friday 29 May 2015, with applicants accepted from across a range of commodities and geographical locations in Australia and New Zealand.

Held in Sydney, the first module runs from August 16 to 21 2015, with the second module taking place in July of next year.

Producers 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 02 8115 4139 or email

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