EP growers off to Thriving Women 2018

Feb 13, 2018

Two female grain producers from the Eyre Peninsula have been awarded sponsorship from Grain Producers SA to attend the Thriving Women 2018 conference to be held in Hahndorf next week.

Lisa Baldock and Rhianna Foster will hear from speakers including Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell, Founder and CEO of Country to Canberra Hannah Wandel and CEO and Manager Director of Rural Bank Alexandra Gartmann as well as many others at the two-day event on February 19-20.

Rhianna and her husband Matthew crop 2000 hectares and run sheep at Wudinna. She is a member of the local Women in Ag group where participants attend ‘sticky beak’ days, look at trials and hear from guest speakers.

She says she is looking forward to learning about what women are achieving in the grain industry and other industries.

“I am particularly interested in mental health and wellbeing, communication and helping businesses thrive and succeed with investment models and succession planning,” she says.

Lisa and her husband Tristan moved back to Tristan’s family farm at Buckleboo five years ago to become partners in the business. During that time, Lisa has set about expanding her knowledge on succession planning, grain marketing, agribusiness management and understanding crop production.

She says she would like to expand her knowledge on aspects of the farming operation, in particular understanding, implementing and managing farm safety, and building confidence and resilience within herself to cope with challenges faced with life on the land. 

“Gaining insights into consumer attitudes and how the industry can self-promote and counter negative perceptions to ensure the longevity of our business is also important,” she says.

“Farming life can at times be lonely and isolated, and I am very keen to use the opportunity to attend Thriving Women 2018 to build networks and connections with other likeminded ladies which could potentially help me in the future.”

Details: Thriving Women 2018 website

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