RUTH Redfern hails from a family farm in northern NSW, where her family grows cotton, wheat and other crops (barley, sorghum, sunflowers, faba beans, chickpeas and corn) and run cattle.
It was here that Ruth’s love of telling agriculture’s story first took seed.
Growing into a career in agricultural communications, Ruth has provided media and communications expertise to a host of farming and rural industry organisations, including government departments, livestock industry bodies, state farming organisations, rural not-for-profits and leading agribusinesses in Australia over the past decade.
Ruth most recently worked for the National Farmers’ Federation as manager of public affairs, taking the story of farming to a national audience and helping to advocate to Government on behalf of Australian farmers.
She has since returned to her hometown of Narrabri to take up the position of communications manager with the Cotton Research and Development Corporation, assisting the extension team in communicating research and development outcomes to cotton growers.
Ruth is a passionate "agvocate", holds a Master of Media degree from the University of Sydney and was the recipient of the 2010 Royal Agricultural Society Rural Achiever award for NSW.