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Women in Ag Make their Mark

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Victorian women in agriculture are being honoured by the State Government this International Women’s Day, with the announcement of the 2017 Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation’s (RIRDC) Victorian Rural Women’s Award finalists.

The award celebrates outstanding leadership and innovation within the agricultural industry.

This year’s finalists include:

  • Catherine Jenkins, South Purrumbete, who wants to complete a feasibility study and develop an Australian dairy women’s network
  • Kirsten Abernathy, West Melbourne, who wants to build a platform for women in fishing to focus on people development and capacity building
  • Lisa Brassington, Frankston South, who wants to reduce on-farm waste and lost income caused by waterbirds and bats
  • Joelene Williams, Lake Boga, who wants to attend an International Conference on Areawide Management of Insect Pests in Austria, and apply what she learns to help develop the Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area Industry Development Committee’s Regional Action Plan

The winner will be announced at Parliament House on Wednesday, March 22, and today’s celebrations come in conjunction with the launch of Museum Victoria’s Invisible Farmer Project.

Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development Jaala Pulford supported the launch saying, “Women in agriculture aren’t just helping shape the agenda, they are setting it in their own right.”

Invisible Farmer offers women in agriculture the chance to tell their stories, or stories of other inspirational farming women across the state.

Women in agriculture are also being supported at the 28th annual Women on Farms Gathering, being held in Harrow on Friday, March 24, to celebrate the important role women play in rural communities.

“With more young women continuingly enrolling in a degree in Agriculture than men, I look forward to seeing even more young Victorian women entering leadership roles and taking our industry forward,” Minister Pulford said.