AWiA supporting Ag Students with Conference Scholarships

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AWiA supporting Ag Students with Conference Scholarships


Australian Women in Agriculture (AWiA) will be providing seven student scholarships for the 2019 AWiA Conference.

The 2019 Conference, Review. Renew. Regenerate. – Building Resilience in Australian Women in Agriculture will be held in Ballina, NSW from the 1st to the 3rd of November will provide women across agriculture the opportunity to hear from leading female industry leaders, agribusiness specialists and women leading the way in practice change in agriculture.

AWiA President, Ms Sarah Parker said “the organisation was committed to supporting ag students and young people to gain personal and professional development alongside industry leaders. We are focused on bringing more young women into the fold for the future. In addition to the scholarships a new Australian Women in Agriculture Youth Committee will be announced at the conference”.

The conference program covers many inspiring sessions and topics, including weathering the new storms, risks and culture in Agribusiness, presented by senior Rural Bank and Australian Farm Institute Representatives, current and emerging risks in agriculture panel, including AgForce President Georgie Somerset. Jessica North the author of Esther, the biography of the first woman to manage an agricultural estate in Australia will share her story and Joy McClymont a rural fitness and wellbeing expert will provide insights into looking after yourself.


The conference will also host a Regenerative Agriculture Panel, led by Lorraine Gordon featuring, Verity Morgan Schmidt, CEO of Farmers for Climate Action, Mary Retallack, Viticulturalist & Managing Director  and Tammi Jonas, Joni Farms and President, Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance.


“These scholarships are an opportunity for students and young people in agriculture to develop their careers, meet leaders and potential mentors in the industry, and maybe consider a leadership opportunity for themselves,” Ms Parker said.

“We encourage young people to come along to our conference and not just learn from the past but have an active voice in shaping the future. There will be sessions that will offer insight into the future challenges and emerging practices in agriculture, as well as opportunities to diversify study and career opportunities”. She said

Other scholarships on offer include two Rural Bank Birchip Cropping Group Scholarships and four Scholarships for women from drought and fire impacted regions.

All scholarship recipients will receive complimentary student membership for the 2019-20 financial year.

Students are encouraged to apply for a scholarship to make this most of this amazing opportunity.  More details and applications are on the AWiA website:



Media Contact: Mel Mann, 0447 803 305

AWiA comment contact: Sarah Parker, 0418 883 250,

Speaker photos available on request