Announcing the inaugural WIAA 100

27 Mar, 2014 01:30 AM
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The enthusiasm and passion for agriculture of each woman highlighted in this list is truly inspiring

AMAZING women making a difference to rural Australia from the paddock to the boardroom have been recognised in the Women in Australian Agribusiness 100 (WIAA 100) announced today.

Close to 200 nominations were received for the inaugural WIAA 100 – a joint initiative of Emerald Grain and Fairfax Media run with support from Syngenta and designed to shine a spotlight on some of the industry’s most influential females and their vision for agriculture.

The final 100 includes seven women who stood out to the judges as outstanding in the categories of:

Outstanding contributor to rural Australia

Outstanding leader in agribusiness

Outstanding emerging leader

Outstanding young achiever

Outstanding leader on-farm

Outstanding contributor to policy development

Outstanding work in the community

Emerald Grain managing director John Murray said Emerald’s vision for the WIAA 100 was to highlight the important work of women in agriculture to encourage more women to pursue careers in the field.

“The enthusiasm and passion for agriculture of each woman highlighted in this list is truly inspiring.

“At Emerald, we operate in agricultural communities across Australia and we believe for the industry to be strong, these communities must be strong too.

“Celebrating the achievements of women in regional communities and in the wider agribusiness sector is important for the growth of the industry,” Mr Murray said.

Fairfax Media general manager of agricultural media Grant Cochrane said the final 100 were tremendous role models for anybody, male or female, considering a career in agriculture.

“These are women making a mark not only on the industry but in their communities.”

Syngenta territory head for Australasia Paul Luxton said Syngenta was delighted to be involved in the WIAA 100 and to celebrate such inspirational women and share their stories.

“These women represent the very best of what our industry has to offer and demonstrate the transformative effect that innovation, passion and a strong sense of community have on Australian agriculture,” Mr Luxton said.

The final WIAA 100 receive a one-year e-reader subscription to The Land, Queensland Country Life, the North Queensland Register, Stock Journal, Stock & Land and Farm Weekly. They will also be invited to an exclusive networking event later this year.

To see the full list of 100 click here

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