2014 Rural Women’s Award finalists named

Pip is a landholder in Cumnock, in central west NSW. She has a vision for agriculture where family farming businesses are profitable and increase the ecological wealth of the land they manage. The CEO of the Little River Landcare Group Inc and a board member of Central Tablelands Local Land Services, Pip is passionate about primary industries and rural communities. Pip believes farming needs to adopt an holistic approach towards the way they balance family needs, financial management and farming practices that achieve production outputs together with positive environmental outcomes. She proposes to use the Award to increase her leadership capacity and ability to contribute to the agricultural industry by undertaking a study tour and developing a training program, Positive Farming Footprints, to create a community of women who have the adaptive capacity to manage the challenges of rural life.

Pip is a landholder in Cumnock, in central west NSW. She has a vision for agriculture where family farming businesses are profitable and increase the ecological wealth of the land they manage. The CEO of the Little River Landcare Group Inc and a board member of Central Tablelands Local Land Services, Pip is passionate about primary industries and rural communities. She believes farming needs to adopt an holistic approach towards the way they balance family needs, financial management and farming practices that achieve production outputs together with positive environmental outcomes. Pip proposes to use the Award to increase her leadership capacity and ability to contribute to the agricultural industry by undertaking a study tour and developing a training program, Positive Farming Footprints, to create a community of women who have the adaptive capacity to manage the challenges of rural life.

Edwina and her husband were early adopters of technology, investing millions of dollars in agriculture during the past few years – doubling the size of their pig farm and expanding their sheep, cattle and cropping enterprises in Young, in south western NSW. Edwina has renovated all old sheds and removed dry sow stalls from their property and is continually working to improve efficiencies while maintaining sustainable environmental practices and high animal welfare standards. She proposes to use the award to further develop the science behind pig welfare in intensive farming. She hopes to examine piglet welfare, using existing trials, studies and research and to promote the positive aspects of animal welfare. As a mother of three young children and leader of a team of 30 people, Edwina she sees the Award as an opportunity to advance her leadership and business management skills and to have a stronger voice in agriculture.

Edwina and her husband were early adopters of technology, investing millions of dollars in agriculture during the past few years – doubling the size of their pig farm and expanding their sheep, cattle and cropping enterprises in Young, in south western NSW. Edwina has renovated all old sheds and removed dry sow stalls from their property and is continually working to improve efficiencies while maintaining sustainable environmental practices and high animal welfare standards. She proposes to use the award to further develop the science behind pig welfare in intensive farming. She hopes to examine piglet welfare, using existing trials, studies and research and to promote the positive aspects of animal welfare. As a mother of three young children and leader of a team of 30 people, Edwina she sees the Award as an opportunity to advance her leadership and business management skills and to have
a stronger voice in agriculture.

A pioneering pig farmer from Young and a natural resource management leader from Cumnock have been named as finalists in the 2014 Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) NSW-ACT Rural Women’s Award, Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson, announced today.

“Edwina Beveridge and Pip Job were selected as finalists for the 2014 award, overcoming some tough competition from a field of skilled, highly committed and enterprising women from across NSW,” Ms Hodgkinson said.

“Edwina leads a team of 30 people on her pig farm in south-western NSW, and made history by becoming the first ‘carbon’ farm in Australia.

“Pip Job, based in Cumnock in central NSW, is the chief executive officer of the Little River Landcare Group, a board member of the Central Tablelands Local Land Services and an executive committee member of Landcare NSW.

“Both Edwina and Pip are strong examples of women who live and work in rural NSW, while also maintaining a national focus.

“They are both innovative, extremely committed to their industries and are applying modern technology to benefit rural communities, primary industries and the environment.”

The winner of the prestigious award will be announced on 25 March 2014, at a gala dinner at Sydney’s Parliament House.

“These women are inspirational, because in addition to excelling in their chosen fields, they are also acting as role models for other women. I congratulate Edwina and Pip on their achievements, and being named as finalists for this year’s award,” Ms Hodgkinson said.

“The winner of the 2014 RIRDC Rural Women’s Award will receive a bursary of $10,000, and both the winner and runner-up will participate in the RIRDC Australian Institute of Company Directors’ course.”

The NSW-ACT winner will compete for the Australian RIRDC Rural Women’s Award to be announced later this year in Canberra.

The Rural Women’s Award is coordinated by NSW Rural Women’s Network through the Department of Primary Industries, and is sponsored by the Office of Environment and Heritage, NSW Farmers, Royal Agricultural Society of NSW and the Country Women’s Association of NSW.

About nswrwn

NSW Rural Women’s Network is a government program working in innovative ways to promote leadership and action on rural women’s issues. The RWN team is dedicated to connecting and exchanging information with women and stakeholders in rural, regional and remote communities.
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