AMAZING women making a difference to rural Australia from the paddock to the boardroom have been recognised in the Women in Australian Agribusiness 100 announced today.

Close to 200 nominations were received for the inaugural WIAA 100 – a joint initiative of Emerald Grain and Fairfax Media designed to shine a spotlight on some of the industry’s most influential females and their vision for agriculture.

Emerald Grain managing director, John Murray, said that Emerald’s vision for the WIAA 100 is to highlight the important work of women in agriculture to encourage more women to pursue careers in the field.

The final 100 includes seven women who stood out to the judges as outstanding in the categories of:

  • Outstanding contributor to rural Australia
  • Outstanding leader in agribusiness
  • Outstanding emerging leader
  • Outstanding young achiever
  • Outstanding leader on-farm
  • Outstanding contributor to policy development
  • Outstanding work in the community

“The enthusiasm and passion for agriculture of each woman highlighted in this list is truly inspiring.

“At Emerald, we operate in agricultural communities across Australia and we believe for the industry to be strong, these communities must be strong too.

“Celebrating the achievements of women in regional communities and in the wider agribusiness sector is important for the growth of the industry.” Mr Murray said.

Fairfax Media general manager of agricultural media, Grant Cochrane, said the final 100 were tremendous role models for anybody considering a career in agriculture regardless of gender.

“These are women making a mark not only on the industry but on their communities.”

Syngenta territory head for Australasia, Paul Luxton, said Syngenta was delighted to be involved in the WIAA 100 and to celebrate such inspirational women and share their stories.

“These women represent the very best of what our industry has to offer and demonstrate the transformative effect that innovation, passion and a strong sense of community have on Australian agriculture,” Mr Luxton said.

Each of the winners is detailed in a 16 page special publication inside the March 27 issues of:

The Land, Queensland Country Life, the North Queensland Register, Stock Journal, Stock & Land and Farm Weekly.

You can see the full list of Outstanding women here: http://emeraldgrain.com/women/2014-wiaa-outstanding/

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