Four innovative rural businesswomen from north, central and southern Queensland have been announced as the finalists for the prestigious AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award.
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner congratulated the finalists of the award during Queensland Women’s Week.
“The finalists, who were chosen from a highly competitive field, exemplify the breadth and depth of the talent and dedication of the women working in Queensland agriculture.”
“They include an agri-employment specialist from the Lockyer Valley, an organic farming consultant from Central Queensland, a rural photographer from Townsville and an agricultural entrepreneur from the Tablelands.
The 2018 Queensland finalists are:
• Janne Dipple, founder of FarmReady Pty Ltd, Morton Vale
• Sonia Ghiggioli, organic farmer, wine maker, and artisanal cheese maker, Agnes Water
• Fiona Lake, agricultural photographer and owner of a rural advocacy business, Hermit Park
• Krista Watkins, co-founder and Managing Director of Natural Evolutions Food, Walkamin.
The State winner will be announced at a reception in Brisbane on March 22 with the Queensland winner to receive a $10,000 bursary to support their project.
State and territory winners then compete for the Australian Rural Women’s Award title on 12 September 2018, with the national winner receiving an additional $10,000 to contribute to her project.