Nominations sought for Victorian rural women's award
18 October 2016
Agriculture Victoria is calling for nominations for the 2017 Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Victorian Rural Women's Award.
The Award honours the efforts of emerging leaders and creates opportunities for women to make a real difference in agricultural industries and rural communities.
The Victorian finalists will be celebrated at a ceremony at Parliament House in April 2017, with the winner to receive a bursary of $10,000 to implement their project vision and participate in the RIRDC Australian Institute of Company Directors Course.
Dr Jessica Lye was named last year's Victorian Rural Woman of the Year. Jessica is the national manager of Science and Extension at AUSVEG, an industry representative body for vegetable and potato growers.
"I'm all set to use the $10,000 on an overseas study tour to New Zealand and the United States to visit research institutions and growing operations to gain information about their high priority pests and emerging pest threats," Dr Lye said.
"I'm planning to find out about the pest management, eradication strategies and biosecurity practices they use so I can come back and share them with the industry in Australia."
Jessica hopes to enhance biosecurity preparedness and encourage biosecurity champions and networks throughout Australia's vegetable and potato communities.
Agriculture Victoria staff are available to help prospective nominees through the process (please contact Tracey Butcher by email or on 03 8392 7119).
Applications for the awards close on 31 October. For more information about the award and to apply, please visit the RIRDC Rural Women's Award website.
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