NOMINATIONS are flooding in for the inaugural Women in Australian Agribusiness 100 (WIAA 100) list.

A joint initiative of Emerald Grain and Fairfax Agricultural Media, the WIAA 100 will shine the spotlight on some of the industry’s most influential females and their vision for agriculture.

More than 130 nominations have already been received, showcasing some of the industry’s leading players in agripolitics, agribusiness and policy development and representing a broad cross-section of farm commodities.

A panel of expert judges will select 100 of the nominees to make up the final list which will be announced in March in a special national publication.

Five women among the 100 will also be honoured as the WIAA Outstanding from the following special categories:

Outstanding leader in agribusiness

  • Outstanding young achiever
  • Outstanding contribution towards policy
  • Outstanding work in the community
  • Outstanding leader in the field

Emerald Grain chairman Alan Winney, who will be part of the judging panel, said judges would be looking for women making a difference – be it at a local, state or national level.

“We will recognise outstanding women who demonstrate innovation, who have achieved business success and who continually strive to improve their industry.

“Our panel of judges will include well-known female leaders who have been committed to the agriculture industry for many years and who are truly outstanding in their own right.”

Fairfax’s general manager of agricultural media Grant Cochrane urged people to celebrate the strong women in agriculture by nominating them for the WIAA 100.

“We all know strong women driving change in our communities and helping bind them together,” Mr Cochrane said.

“This is a chance to celebrate them and their many achievements.”

Mr Cochrane said the final WIAA 100 would receive a free one-year subscription to the e-reader versions of The Land, Queensland Country Life, the North Queensland Register, Stock Journal, Stock & Land and Farm Weekly.

To nominate yourself or someone else for the WIAA 100, go to and fill in the person’s name and contact details with a few short sentences on why you think the nominated woman should be celebrated as part of the list.

Nominees will be contacted for their permission to be added to the list.

 Nominations close February 13.

* To make a nomination or watch the list grow, visit