Cropping

Rice women to share stories

By Country News

Deniliquin farmer Kellie Crossley has been invited to be the keynote speaker at the annual Women in Rice lunch in Finley on Friday.

Mrs Crossley will share how her unique off-farm career, as a dietitian and in preventative health and community services management positions, has helped her farm business grow and improve its profitability and sustainability.

‘‘Women on the farm need to know they have a huge amount of skills that they can offer the farm business,’’ she said.

‘‘Their work experience and education can translate into opportunities to help grow the farm business.’’

Mrs Crossley will be joined by emerging and established leaders Laura Kaylock (AgriFutures rice program advisory panel member, grower and Western Murray Land Improvement Group project officer), Michele Groat (AgriFutures rice program advisory panel member and Leeton Shire Council project manager) and Ange Urquhart (Ricegrowers Association board member, established leader and grower) for an interactive panel discussion.

The Rural Financial Counselling Service will also discuss available financial services and support, and there will be an informal opportunity to discuss the impact of low water allocations on communities.

The Women in Rice network is a Rice Extension initiative, and aims to connect, empower and engage rural women involved in rice farming businesses and the wider farming community.

The lunch is a chance for women to tell their stories of success. It’s also an opportunity to develop new skills off farm and to consider new ways of doing business.

Made possible by a Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network community grant, it will be held at the Finley Apex Sports and Community Centre in Warmatta St from 10.30am to 2.30pm to Friday, June 14.

■For more information, go to: riceextension.org.au/events-news or phone Charleton Glenn at Rice Extension on 0455558035 or email: [email protected]