Women in rice will gather in Finley

By Southern Riverina News

Women involved in rice farming businesses and the wider farming community will gather in Finley on Friday to be ‘‘connected and empowered’’ at the annual Women in Rice lunch.

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

AgriFutures Rice Program Advisory Panel member Michele Groat said the event is particularly relevant in the context of current growing and economic conditions.

‘‘I have seen first-hand how stressful it can be for women who often carry the twin responsibility of keeping both the business and family life running smoothly,’’ Ms Groat said.

‘‘Sometimes women need to work off farm and this income can be just as important as being involved in the day to day running of a family business. They key to success is the ability to think outside of the square.

‘‘Events and the Women in Rice network are really critical because they create and encourage strong networks and opportunities to learn.’’

Rice Extension officer Charleton Glenn said Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network funding has been secured to host this year’s event.

She said it would feature women of varied experience, knowledge and association to the rice industry.

Deniliquin farmer Kellie Crossley will be the keynote speaker.

She 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 event will be held at the Finley Apex Sports and Community Centre in Warmatta St, Finley from 10.30am to 2.30pm on Friday.

RSVPs closed last week, but anyone wanting more information can contact Ms Glenn on 0455558035 or [email protected]