National Farmers Federation’s Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program 2020 cohort announced

Twelve outstanding women with skills and a vision for agriculture have been selected for the National Farmers’ Federation’s 2020 Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program.

The 2020 cohort hails from across the country and boasts a broad range of expertise from science, research and development; farm health and safety, education and farm business management.

The 2020 Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program cohort

Alexandra Thomas – Mount Osmond, South Australia

Alison Hamilton – Wagga Wagga, New South Wales

Alysia Kepert – Perth, Western Australia

Diana Fear – Condobolin, New South Wales

Fiona Marshall – Mulwala, New South Wales

Jaelle Bajada – Sydney, New South Wales

Jessica Fealy – Paddys Green, Queensland

Margaret Jewell – Brisbane, Queensland

Niki Ford – Brisbane, Queensland

Rebecca Staines – Albury, New South Wales

Sarah Parker – Undera, Victoria

Susie Green – Lenswood, South Australia

The Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program is in its third year and is made possible by the support of a line-up of Australia’s leading voices across the government, business and advocacy community.

These Committed Partners include AgForce; AACo; AgriFutures Australia; BASF; Bayer; CANEGROWERS; Coles; Cotton Australia; CPC; Federal Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment; FMC; Grains Research and Development Corporation; nbn; NSW Farmers; Nufarm; Nutrien Ag Solutions; Prime Super; Rabobank; Rimfire Resources; Rural Bank; Syngenta; WFI and Wine Australia.

The partners have committed to increasing gender diversity within their organisations and to reporting annually on their progress.

NFF President Fiona Simson said in the face of the challenges such as drought and most recently COVID-19, fostering farm sector leaders had never been more important.

“With some modifications to the schedule, the NFF was resolute in pressing ahead with the program at time when keeping in touch, albeit not in person, is crucial.”

From today, the 12 women will begin a five-month one-on-one mentoring program with a collective of experienced leaders as mentors and will take part in regular online personal development opportunities.

The NFF has a goal for agriculture to be a $100 billion industry by 2030. The 2030 Roadmap, the plan to achieve $100 billion, outlines a target to double the number of women in agriculture leadership roles by the same year.

“The Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program is making serious inroads towards this goal.

“Graduates of the 2018 and 2019 programs, have gone on to assume Federal and state government-based board roles and to be high-profile female advocates and leaders for our sector,” Ms Simson said.

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