Time to celebrate women in ag and regional NSW

NSW Farmers celebrates all the wonderful women in agriculture and regional communities in NSW on International Women’s Day.

NSW Farmers CEO Pete Arkle said women play a vital role at NSW Farmers, from Board members to committee Chairs in the Association’s membership and policy, communications, IT, finance and regional staff.

“Today is a special opportunity to mark their leadership in a field that has historically been associated with men,” Mr Arkle said.

“With Fiona Simson leading agriculture nationally at NFF, and also a past president of NSW Farmers, there are great opportunities for talented and capable individuals, irrespective of gender, to step up help lead the growth of NSW and Australian agriculture”

“We’re proud to advocate on behalf of the many farm enterprises that are partly or fully operated by women, and it’s promising to see more accurate representation filter through with the appointment or election of more and more women to industry leadership roles.”

“All of our extensive livestock committees, which include cattle, sheepmeat, goats and wool, are now chaired by women.”

“It’s an exciting time to be part of NSW Farmers, and while many women leaders may not want to be singled out, it’s still important to acknowledge their integral role in agriculture and regional NSW,” Mr Arkle concluded.

To mark International Women’s Day 2021, applications open today for the National Farmers Federation’s (NFF) fourth annual Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program. A now well-established initiative, the Program is a mentoring opportunity for women who want to play a leading role in shaping the future of agriculture and regional Australia.

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