The AgriFutures Rural Women's Award supports women who want to innovate, develop and strengthen Tasmania's primary industries and rural communities. Despite its name, the Award is primarily not about being the best rural woman - it is about identifying a learning opportunity that you believe will benefit the woman and the industry. The award aims to recognise and celebrate exceptional women and their contributions to the Tasmanian agriculture. While providing an opportunity for winners to build their skills around leadership and industry relevant skills. Finally the aware aids to provide financial and practical support so award winners' are able to implement their visions.
Tasmanian Rural Woman of the Year Winner: Karen Brock
Karen Brock, from Winkleigh specialises in plant tissue culture for the food production and cut flower sectors.
A $10,000 bursary will assist Karen in her work to reduce plant input costs as well as develop disease-resistant and climate-tolerant plants that produce higher-yielding crops.
Karen also partners with others to teach plant tissue culture and assists with food security production systems in under-developed countries.
Karen will attend the prestigious Australian Institute of Company Directors Course and represent Tasmania at the announcement of the national winner of the 2020 AgriFutures Rural Women's Award in Canberra on Tuesday 15 September.
Tasmanian Women in Agriculture Encouragement Award Winner: Louise Morris
Researcher and producer Louise Morris, from Derby, has established Australia's first farm focused on producing insects for human consumption.
A farmer and food producer, Louise uses waste streams as the feedstock for her micro-herds.
Tasmanian Women in Agriculture Development Awards Winners: Robyn Eversole and Celia Leverton
Robyn Eversole, from Natone, is a researcher and author dedicated to helping people in in rural regions. Robyn's goal is to bring the global knowledge resources of universities to regional communities to empower local people to create the futures they want.
Celia Leverton, from Franklin , is committed to encouraging and and enabling a resilient, profitable farming industry to regenerate the land while producing food and fibre. Celia aspires to increase and maintain the uptake of regenerative farming practices now and for future generations.
TWiA looks forward to seeing the work these inspiring women will contribute to Tasmanian agriculture. We will be staying in touch with the award winners and seeing how their ideas develop.
More information about the program can be found HERE.