A new breed of innovative and inspirational rural women is changing the face of agriculture and making a difference in a diverse range of industries including natural resource management, intensive farming, dairy, wine and new rural industries – to name just a few! These women are passionate about creating communities of women who have the adaptive capacity to manage the challenges of rural life, educating and raising awareness of the
importance of primary industries, engaging youth in agriculture, and coming up with
innovations and practices – women who have a vision to drive productivity and
sustainability in primary industries and ensure our communities continue to thrive.
Two such women are our 2014 NSW-ACT RIRDC Rural Women’s Award winner and runner-up Pip Job and Edwina Beveridge!
Pip Job, Cumnock
For Pip Job, primary industries is just who she is. As a landholder and environmental advocate from Cumnock in central NSW, Pip established her own beef enterprise at the age of 15 winning many awards and is highly regarded as a judge in Australia and New Zealand.
It’s this love of the land which eventually led Pip to a career focusing on natural resource management and the mutual
relationship it plays with sustainable primary production. Since beginning work with Landcare, in particular as Manager for the Little River Landcare Group 10 years ago, Pip has become increasingly interested in regenerative agricultural systems that have the capacity to create sustainable food
and fibre production and environmental outcomes for many generations to come. More
Edwina Beveridge, Young
Runner-up in the 2014 Award, Edwina Beveridge has an undeniable passion for pig farming and the land. Along with her husband and three young children, Edwina owns and runs Blantyre Farms, a pig, sheep, cattle and cropping enterprise based at
Young and Harden in south western NSW.
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 other enterprises. Edwina has renovated the old sheds and removed dry sow stalls from the property. She is continually working to improve efficiencies while maintaining sustainable environmental practices. Edwina leads a team of 30 people, including women, in this traditionally male-dominated industry, and the farm made history by becoming the first ‘carbon’ farm in Australia. More