Victorian Rural Women's Network

Welcome to the ‘leadership issue’

Jasmine Glover, Rural Women's Coordinator with her dog

Jasmine Glover, Rural Women’s Coordinator for the Victorian Rural Women’s Network
It’s been an exciting few months for the Victorian Rural Women’s Network. It was wonderful to launch our first annual magazine, Network Connect, and meet so many of our subscribers at the network’s first Rural Women’s Forum in Creswick in […]

A fresh challenge

Emma Germano, President of the Victorian Farmers Federation's Horticulture Group in field

Above: Emma Germano, Victorian Farmers Federation’s Group Horticulture and Industrial Association President. Photo: Jeanette Severs
Emma Germano was recently elected President of the Victorian Farmers Federation’s Industrial Association and is President of its Horticulture Group. She shares her thoughts on what makes a good leader.
“For me, leadership is the ability to […]

Apply now for 2019 Victorian AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award

Seven finalists of the 2018 AgriFutures Rural Women's Award

Above: AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award State/Territory Winners L-R, Allison Clark (TAS), Linda Blackwood (NT), Darrylin Gordon (WA), Melissa Connors (VIC), Jillian Kilby (NSW/ACT), Krista Watkins (QLD – National Winner) and Alex Thomas (SA). Photographer: Jackie Cooper, Jack of Hearts Studio
Congratulations to Queensland banana farmer Krista Watkins who scooped the 2018 […]

Collaborating for success

Rural entrepreneur Elizabeth Wharton in field next to cow

Above: Rural entrepreneur Elizabeth Wharton says connections she made at the Rural Women’s Forum helped boost her business
“Growing up in rural Victoria, I am a farmer’s daughter and granddaughter of a ‘green thumb’. A love of plants and animals runs through my veins. I was the first person in my […]

Young leaders step up

13 recipients of 2018 Young Farmers Scholarships on the steps of Melbourne's Parliament House

Above: Back row L-R Emma Kennedy (Campaspe), Georgina Thomson (Surf Coast), Michael Turner (Latrobe), Robert Staehr (Horsham), Andrew Falla (Buloke), Charles Williamson (Central Goldfields), Matthew Ryan (Buloke), Megan Cooper (Northern Grampians). Front row L-R Benjamin Govett (Loddon), Jennifer Zappia (Mildura), Amelia Byrne (Greater Bendigo), Sarah McLean (Moyne), Melissa Willard (Mount […]

Smart ways to innovate

Map showing regions where Internet of Things trials will take place in Victoria

Would you like to be involved in an exciting new trial of smart technologies that will help shape the future of farming? If the answer is ‘yes’, consider taking part in an on-farm Internet of Things (IoT) trial in four agricultural areas across Victoria.
The trial will assess the contribution that […]

Drought support

Flock of sheep in dry paddock

The Victorian Government recently announced additional support to ease the burden on farmers experiencing drought conditions in the driest regions of the state.
On 12 September 2018, the Victorian Government announced an additional $5 million in funding as the next stage in supporting farmers affected by drought conditions in Central and […]

Want to make rural women more visible?

Woman in tractor talking to man

Researchers at Monash University are calling for rural and regional women who are household breadwinners to take part in an academic research project.
The research is part of a project helping to promote the important contribution of mature working women to their rural and regional communities. Titled ‘Breadwinner’, the project involves […]