Leadership skills, water and workplace relations were on the agenda at the Food and Fibre with Flair event in Griffith. Rice Extension’s Women in Rice and Wincott (Women in Cotton) co-hosted 70 women from the rice and cotton industries for a day of networking, knowledge sharing and a workshop focussed on building leadership skills.
Murrumbidgee Rice Extension Officer, Leah Garnett said Robbie Sefton’s uplifting and frank presentation on Who is the ‘Invisible Farmer?’ was a highlight of the event.
“It focused on her personal journey as a woman in agriculture. Robbie shared her experiences as a regional advocate and led an exercise with the group to explore what makes a great leader.
“We learnt that good leaders have empathy and they have the ability to walk in someone else’s shoes. The ability to mentor was a key skill in becoming a strong leader which is particularly important in our rural industries where we need to actively share knowledge and skills with younger people,” said Ms Garnett
Murray Darling Basin Authority Murrumbidgee Regional Engagement Officer, Liz Stott provided an update on the Murray Darling Basin Plan. Water is key to both the rice and cotton industries and there were valuable insights into the impacts and benefits that the Basin Plan was bringing to local communities.