Glencore has partnered with Queensland's Emerald Agricultural College to help develop a new generation of farmers.
The new partnership is designed to support the college's Australian Primary Industries Production Program (APIP) through scholarships.
Glencore will provide five scholarships valued at $10 000 each to students starting the two year APIP program for the agricultural college's 2015 intake.
The miner will also provide two $5000 Glencore Prizes for Excellence for high ranking students "to undertake international study tours at the end of their two year diploma in agriculture/cropping and animal production/animal industries", the miner said.
Commenting on the partnership QLD Agricultural Training College executive officer Brent Kinnane said these scholarships provide students with an opportunity to further their studies and become leaders in the industry.
“Partnerships between industries and the Emerald Agricultural College are vital to ensuring that our training products meet the skilling and workforce needs of the agricultural community in particular but also the community at large,” Kinnane said.
“This support from Glencore will not only assist students of Emerald Agricultural College now, but the experience two students will gain from an international study tour could be the launch pad to a prosperous career.”
Glencore's community relations manager Craig Strudwick explained the partnership is part of the miner's "commitment to make positive impacts in areas where Glencore's coal mines operate".
“This partnership is another important step towards ensuring that our mining operations successfully co-exist with other land users.”