Saturday, December 18, 2010

2011 RIRDC Rural Women's Award finalists announced

Two former school friends with a love for the land have each been selected as finalists in the Rural Women's Award.

2011 NSW/ACT RIRDC Rural Women's Award Finalist, Karen Hutchinson from Griffith.
Karen Hutchinson, Griffith

 Karen Hutchinson is a Senior Executive with Murrumbidgee Irrigation with management responsibility for water distribution and customers. Formerly the CEO of the Murrumbidgee Horticulture Council, she has strong links with industry and has been an active member of the NSW Irrigators Council, the NSW State Water Customer Services Committee and was a founding board member of the National Irrigators Council.

Karen’s vision is for irrigated agriculture to go beyond resilience; to demonstrate an ability to adapt and thrive in response to political and environmental change.

If successful Karen proposes to use the RIRDC Rural Women’s Award bursary to investigate theories of change management and learn from other industries that have managed change well. She will translate this knowledge into practice to drive efficiency improvements in irrigation delivery. Her long term aim is to use this knowledge to support irrigated agriculture to meet the challenges of changing government policy and climate variability.

Sally Martin, Young

Sally Martin is a Sheep and Wool Officer with Industry and Investment NSW based at Young. She grew up on a grazing property on the Monaro and to this day remains involved in the family farm operation. She aspires to make a difference in the sheep industry by combining practical, relevant and up-to-date information for producers to better manage risk and identify profitable solutions for their farming businesses.

Sally plays an integral role in local, state and nationally significant Merino wether trials and Merino sire evaluations sites that provide genetic benchmarking opportunities. She also provides advice and support to individual sheep producers and grower groups on genetics, animal health, reproduction and general production issues.

If successful Sally would use the bursary to extend her strategic networks with public and private businesses to distribute a clear message of commercial relevance of the technologies and information that will make a significant difference to the sheep industry and build capacity by encouraging younger people.

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