JO Newton has a passion for sheep, but her commitment to agriculture spans far more broadly.
Jo is the founding chair of the Farming Futures Committee (FFC) at the University of New England (UNE), one of eight NSW Farmer’s Association Young Farmers Council representative members, a team and project leader of Enactus at UNE, and an Art4Agriculture Australian Wool Innovation young farming champion.
Currently based in Armidale completing her PhD in early reproductive performance of ewes, Jo’s dedication to her roles within the university’s FFC and Enactus team is evident by her high achievements.
As chair of FFC Jo increases awareness of job opportunities in agriculture and connects students with employers through annual industry dinners and career fairs.
Her role as project leader with Enactus UNE this year saw her travel to Mexico to compete against teams from 34 countries for the Enactus World Cup.
Jo’s contributions to the Armidale community and her local show saw her recognised as a 2013 Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Rural Achiever.
As a NSW Farmers Young Farmers Council member Jo ensures the needs and concerns of farmers under the age of 35 are voiced and acted upon.
She takes this one step further through her Art4Agriculture role as a 2013 AWI Wool Young Farming Champion, helping forge better connections between urban and rural Australia, and inspiring school students to consider career options in agriculture.