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Rural network to connect and empower Women in Rice

Connecting and empowering rural women to take an active role in rice farming businesses is the driving force behind a new ‘Women in Rice’ network, established by the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Rice Extension team.

Women in rice farming businesses make a valuable contribution to the decision-making process yet involvement in many industry events remains male dominated. The Women in Rice network aims to boost women’s contribution to a more profitable and sustainable rice industry.

Rice Extension Officer, Ms Leah Garnett said the initiative will focus on sharing knowledge, building skills to make good farm business decisions and growing confidence to take an active role in running the business.

“Centred on the theme of rice, future events will explore topics such as ag technology, best practice management of rice, the future of agriculture and key resources and opportunities that women can access to further their skills and networks,” said Ms Garnett.

RIRDC Chair and Riverina business woman, Mrs Kay Hull AM is guest speaker at the event and will talk about the role of RIRDC in the rice industry and opportunities for women in rural communities.

“There’s never been a more exciting time to be in agriculture and RIRDC is investing in building the capability of the people who will lead us into a prosperous future,” said Mrs Hull.

“Women in Rice is just one way we are bringing people together, fostering leadership in the rice industry and driving change in rural industries.”

In addition to guest speaker Mrs Hull, highlights of the first Women in Rice event include an ‘Ask an Agro’ session with Alleena Burger, agronomist from BR&C Agents, an overview of smart apps for your farm business with the Rice Extension team and a networking lunch for attendees.

The Women in Rice network is a new addition to initiatives run by the Rice Extension team that connect rice growers with research, technology and best practice.

The first Women in Rice network event is open to all women with an interest in rice and farming, the sponsored event will take place on Monday 19 June 2017, 10am – 1pm, at the Coleambally Community Hall.

Source: RIRDC

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