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Encouraging women in grazing

Rural women from across the southern tablelands will gather at Crookwell on 16 June to attend South East Local Land Services’ Modern Business Support event. The event is being held in recognition of the enormous potential of rural women on the southern tablelands.

“As the farming sector and agricultural enterprises continue to evolve so to do the roles and opportunities available to women” said Local Land Services Senior Natural Resource Advisor, and event organiser, Annelies McGaw.

Women currently involved in agribusiness have come from a diverse range of professional backgrounds. The event aims to highlight and showcase how these existing skills can add value to agribusiness enterprises and provide new opportunities for rural women.

Women already make enormous contributions to agribusinesses, with this in mind we are looking to build on the existing wealth of knowledge by providing the basics of a wide range of topics that women in agribusiness may come across.

“In our research we’ve identified a number of areas where rural women would like further information to support their businesses. So, the idea with this event is to provide the basics and show women where to go to get further information. All farm businesses face a wide variety of challenges and it is not always clear where to get the knowledge and advice from.’ Annelies said.

On the day attendees will hear from special guest speakers Julie Schofield of Boyce Chartered Accountants and Susan Wakeford of Bale and Twine.

“We are extremely lucky and excited to have both speakers as not only do they have a solid grounding in agriculture but they are both excelling in their careers as providers of information for agribusinesses. Coming from a rural background both Julie and Susan will provide useful insights about their current professional roles as well as their primary production and business interests.” Annelies Said.

The event will also feature a wide ranging panel discussion covering areas including; agribusiness planning, tools and systems to manage your business.

The event will run from 10am to 2:30pm and will including morning tea and lunch at a cost of $15 per person. Children are welcome to attend the event (free of charge) and will be provided with snacks and drinks and can participate in activities courtesy of the Crookwell Library.  To RSVP or find out more information about the event contact Annelies McGaw on 4824 1900 before 13 June.

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Media contact: Dave Michael 0418 513 880, Marketing and Communications Coordinator South East Local Land Services