Rural women help drive Australia's booming ag sector, says Minister Anne Ruston

SUBSCRIBE to our fortnightly email newsletter to receive more stories like this. Sophie Hansen, 2016 Rural Woman of the Year, on the family deer farm near Orange in central west NSW: women make a significant contribution to Australia's booming ag sector, says Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Anne Ruston.

International Women’s Day is an opportunity for all Australians to applaud the substantial and inspirational contributions of Australia’s rural women to the nation’s agriculture sector, said Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Anne Ruston on 8 March 2018.

“Our rural women across the country are playing a key role in supporting the productivity and profitability of Australian agriculture,” Minister Ruston said.

“In addition to those working and managing our agriculture farms and businesses on the ground, we have a number of notable women providing leadership across our agricultural sectors.

Movers and shakers

“Fiona Simson, president of the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF), has made an outstanding contribution to our $60 billion agriculture sector and has been an inspiration as the first female President in the NFF’s 37-year history," Minister Ruston noted.

“Jane Lovell, inaugural CEO of Seafood Industry Australia, has brought a wealth of agricultural and fisheries experience to her new role for Australia's $2.8 billion seafood industry.

“I would also like to recognise the importance of initiatives like the AgriFutures Rural Women's Awards, which are another opportunity to recognise and celebrate the achievements of rural women both to agriculture and their communities, and support their future successes.

“Now in its fourth year, the Country to Canberra initiative is another program that empowers year 10 to 12 female students from regional areas to embark on life changing experiences and mentorships," added Minister Ruston.

“The calibre of women working throughout the agriculture sector sets a wonderful example to the female leaders and farmers of the future," she said.

“Rural women, underpinned by their sheer work ethic and merit, should have no limits placed on their potential.”

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