Keren Tsaushu

International Women’s Day

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What better way to celebrate International Women’s day than to hear “Why women are essential to driving Agricultural change” These are the three winning entries from our recent RCS Women in Agriculture Competition.

Keren Tsaushu
The simple answer is, we always have been. Since the beginning of agriculture women have been the stewards of land, growers of food, breeders of seeds, and the well-spring of community. Throughout time, however, many have become distant from our crucial role and now, with the greatest challenges of our time ahead, we need to return to our rightful place in agriculture. Women are natural nurturers of land and carers of co-workers and customers. We have an innate ability to make reasoned decisions and approach problems holistically and responsibly. We harness the power of togetherness and community – we are not a one-woman show. As women progress and drive positive agricultural change, we need more platforms of empowerment and collaborations to make our impact felt. It’s time for us to take the reins, step up to the podium and lead agricultural innovation and practice.

Karen Tsaushu scholarship winner Farming and Grazing for Profit School, Bendigo

Millicent Nicholls
Women care. We care about the longevity of an industry critical to the vibrancy of Australian communities. We care about the soil that grows our children’s food and fosters their growth. We care about the history of our country in the plants, pastures, and trees we promote. We care about the aura of contentedness that encompasses regeneratively produced livestock. Our empathy, observational powers, multitasking capability, and ability to discern multifaceted components of our landscape and livelihood make us powerful proponents. We might often not be at the forefront of decisions made in the business, but we are the undercurrent that pulls and influences our family. We are the river through which beliefs, farming philosophies, and paradigms are conveyed from neighbour to neighbour; the gardener who in her children plants the seed of hope, possibility, and abundance. Women are invaluable to agricultural change, even more so in a team.

Scholarship winner Millie Nichols in her volunteer role for turtle protection.

Julie Brown
Women are essential to driving agricultural change for they are brave in their willingness to walk softly on the land, nurture it, and take innovative action to achieve better industry and environmental outcomes. It takes courage to break family tradition or to step outside the boundaries of entrenched industrial agricultural thinking and practices. Whether we be daughters, sisters, mothers, nieces; it’s our courage to say ‘I think there’s a better way’, our tenacity in adversity, our innate propensity to nurture, our desire to communicate, and our patience in working for the greater good, that is essential in achieving collaboration, innovation, and regeneration in agriculture. The unique skill set of women is imperative in achieving the delicate balance in caring for agricultural families, the land, livestock, and our customers while educating the world on how agriculture is leading the way toward a healthier global environment. A gentle voice can be most powerful.

Julie Brown received a contribution towards attending the Grazing for Profit Course in Yeppoon.

Winners were offered scholarships to attend our premier seven-day course, Farming and Grazing for Profit, valued at $5,500.

Author:
Alexandra de Blas
RCS Communications Specialist