[11 May/Rural News]

Heartland Bank has teamed up with NZ Young Farmers to support young people at the forefront of the rural industry. The agri-food sector was a vital part of New Zealand’s economy and needed young people to fuel it in the future, according to the bank. Head of Rural at Heartland Bank, Chris Cowell, said NZ Young Farmers was an impressive organisation with a footprint of 80 clubs. He added it provided young people with information, advice, training and networking opportunities. Mr Cowell added they were proud of their livestock finance products and they wanted to raise awareness of how they can help give farmers a leg-up through buying cattle or sheep, or entering the dairy industry as sharemilkers. Heartland noted its Open for Livestock platform was designed to be fast and simple.