Women in Rice, Deniliquin connecting women on the land


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Building on the success of the inaugural event, Women in Rice is coming to Deniliquin on Monday 27 November to connect, empower and educate women involved in the rice industry and wider farming community.

The Women in Rice network is a Rice Extension initiative, born out of the need to foster leadership and drive change in rural industries.

The inaugural Women in Rice event was held in Coleambally in June 2017 with resounding success. Featuring keynote speaker AgriFutures Australia Chair, Kay Hull AM, the first event highlighted the importance of being proud of the rice industry and sharing the success stories.

Rice Extension Coordinator, Gae Plunkett said the second event is expected to attract more than 50 women from the Deniliquin farming community with all levels of involvement in the rice industry.

“Women in Rice aims to connect all women with an interest in agriculture, it’s about educating women about the key challenges and opportunities facing farm businesses, sharing resources and fostering a supportive network and sense of community,” said Ms Plunkett.

“As a major rice growing area we look forward to bringing Women in Rice to Deniliquin and celebrating successful women doing great things in the agricultural sector.”



The agenda for the day includes three keynote speakers who will focus on topics including succession planning, juggling jobs on and off farm, and a virtual farm tour.

Communications professional Lyn Sykes will facilitate an interactive session focused on personality types to improve communication skills and initiate difficult conversations.

SunRice Grower Services Field Officer and local farmer Anna Jewell will speak about her experiences balancing two roles, with a focus on prioritising her time on and off the farm.

Local rice farmer Diane Morona will take attendees on a virtual tour of her farm to share experiences related to running the farm business and insights into the rice industry.

Rice Extension is funded by rice growers and the Australian Government through AgriFutures Australia.  Rice Extension supports the adoption of innovation and research and development outcomes in the Australian rice industry.

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