Meet the finalists of the 2014 RIRDC Rural Women's Award in the count down to the announcement of the national winner on September 24.
LIKE her late grandmother who became the public face of efforts to raise breast cancer awareness, Dr Amelia Rentz has embarked on a personal crusade to improve public health by alerting people in the Top End to the risks posed by zoonotic diseases which are transmitted from animals to humans. Read more
LAUREN Hewitt wants to share the recent success of Queensland farmers and pastoralists in overhauling the State's management and control of leasehold land with the rest of Australia and producers overseas battling the same problem. Read more
WESTERN Australian finalist, Jackie Jarvis, is producing a series of video "postcards" to highlight the potential for refugees to ease rural Australia's chronic labour shortage. Read more
FOR years Pip Job has worked to ensure farm families – her own included – leave a positive footprint on their land. But she’s been continually stumped by what stops families from embracing new practices or reverting back to old practices. Read more
ASK anybody about the challenges facing agriculture and the ageing farm population, lack of skilled workers and growing disconnect between consumers and their food and fibre production will probably come up. Victorian Rural Woman of the Year Julie Aldous has come up with a program that benefits all three. Read more
IT’S not the size of the farm that counts – it’s what you do with it.
That’s the message from Tasmanian Rural Woman of the Year Annette Reed who’s looking at ways growing tomatoes, garlic and other niche crops can make small blocks pay and provide business opportunities for rural women. Read more
IN less than 12 weeks, Penny Schulz’s vision for a national dairy challenge event will become a reality.
The South Australian Rural Woman of the Year is using her bursary to build an event she hopes will showcase the skills and knowledge of dairy farmers in areas like pasture management, nutrition and milk quality control as well as provide valuable networking opportunities. Read more