Pathways To Change
The CWFS Women and Youth in Agriculture ‘Pathways to Change’ Conference was held on Friday, 21 October 2016 at the Condobolin Ag Station and proved a fabulous day for networking, catching up with friends and gaining valuable information. With stunning weather and an array of high calibre speakers, the Conference attracted over 85 women, sponsors, community members and agri-advisors.
The project’s aim is to upskill and increase awareness of sustainability in agriculture by encouraging women & youth to participate more fully in all aspects of this industry. The major goal for the 2016 Women and Youth in Agriculture Conference was to showcase the variety of different pathways to change. Speakers focused on how they were able to enact change in their own lives and how it relates to an agricultural context.
A Few Action Shots
Helen McMillan is the project leader for the GRDC funded Lime project. For further details on the lime project click the lime project link.
Michael Vaughan, ADM and Steve Collins, GrainCorp gave comprehensive talks on the finer points of grain marketing for this season. Michael gave a presentation on the marketing choices available to us and an overview on the international market and grain trends. Michael stressed the need to be pragmatic with our marketing. Steve explained the new marketing choices for GrainCorp and answered questions from the crowd on marketing decisions at harvest. This talk from both grain marketers generated much discussion with harvest almost upon us.
Darren Secomb, Succession Facilitator, Rabobank, spoke about succession planning in conjunction with Sally’s presentation. Darren’s expert background and experience made his talk useful and practical and the audience learnt some interesting pointers about planning for this important life-changing event.
Jenny Beach, a facilitator from Orange, completed the day’s activities with a summary of each speaker. Jenny offered her insights into the day and hoped that some of the advice and stories from the speakers would be reflected on by the audience, well after the day had finished.
Finally, I would like to thank all the speakers, the attendees, the sponsors and the staff who helped make this day such a great success. CWFS has had such great feedback and it is wonderful to see that an event like this can generate such enthusiasm for constructive change and confidence to improve ourselves and our communities. We also have received numerous requests to hold this Conference on an annual basis rather than biennially so the staff is busy planning for the 2017 Women & Youth in Agriculture Conference – so watch this space!