A leading agricultural scientist from the vegetable industry has been named Winner of the 2016 Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation’s (RIRDC) Victorian Rural Women’s Award.
Victorian Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford announced Australian Vegetable Growers (AUSVEG’s) Dr Jessica Lye as the winner of the prestigious award at a ceremony held at Parliament House, Melbourne.
Dr Lye was selected by an independent panel from three finalists for her work on the sustainability of the horticulture sector and passion for encouraging connections between consumers and farmers.
She will receive $10,000 for professional development, a scholarship for the Australian Institute of Directors’ Course in Canberra and an opportunity to become the national award winner.
Dr Lye aims to use her funding for an overseas study tour to New Zealand, the United States and South America to work closely with industry and growers on protecting Victoria’s reputation for producing clean, green and safe vegetables.