A WIMMERA agriculture school has been announced as a Bayer CropScience Breeding Centre site. It is a $14 million project and one of seven centres around the world.
The partnership became official last Thursday, when Bayer CropScience met with Longerenong staff and WorkCo Limited, the registered training provider of Longy.
WorkCo Limited Board chairman Donald Carter said the development is a great vote of confidence in one of the few remaining agricultural training institutions in the country.
"The investment by Bayer CropScience, as well as the accompanying infrastructure investment by the Victorian Government and Horsham Rural City Council shows the confidence that those organisations have in Longerenong College," Mr Carter said.
Bayer CropScience has undertaken a 30-year commitment to the Longerenong site, where its Breeding Centre will create up to 20 full-time jobs and a significant number of casual jobs.
"Such a prestigious industry partnership is a coup for Longerenong College and the Wimmera, and secures our place at the forefront of broadacre cropping training and research," he said.
The general manager of Bayer CropScience's BioScience operations in Australia, Rob Hall, said the $14 million investment for the Wheat and Oilseeds Breeding Centre would not have been possible without the cooperation and foresight of WorkCo and the Victorian State Government.
"This investment is testament to Bayer's long-standing history in Horsham and, more broadly, to our commitment to Australian agriculture. It's good for Bayer, good for agribusiness and good for regional development," Mr Hall said.
WorkCo chief executive officer John Ackland said to have such an innovative world-class industry development at the College campus put it in a great position to secure funding to upgrade areas of the College, such as student accommodation.