Sus­tain­able fu­ture for ag women

Central and North Rural Weekly - - NEWS -

❝in Women ag are of­ten over­looked as a sig­nif­i­cant con­trib­u­tor... — Sarah Parker

WOMEN across agri­cul­ture will learn about sus­tain­abil­ity across all as­pects of their lives at the 2017 Aus­tralian Women in Agri­cul­ture Con­fer­ence in Septem­ber. The con­fer­ence, Se­cur­ing Aus­tralian Agri­cul­ture – sus­tain­ing fam­i­lies, farm­ing and our fu­ture will be held in Bris­bane from Septem­ber 22–24 .

Con­fer­ence or­gan­iser Sarah Parker said the or­gan­i­sa­tion was de­liv­er­ing an ex­cit­ing, in­spir­ing and di­verse pro­gram for 2017.

“This con­fer­ence is an op­por­tu­nity for at­ten­dees to learn more about sus­tain­abil­ity in terms of their busi­ness, their in­dus­try, their com­mu­ni­ties and them­selves,” Ms Parker said.

“Women in agri­cul­ture are of­ten over­looked as a sig­nif­i­cant con­trib­u­tor to agri­cul­ture but 57% of women with part­ners who are farm­ers do over 15 hours of un­paid do­mes­tic work per week, while sup­ple­ment­ing farm in­come with paid work off farm.

“With many pres­sures on women in ag, it’s im­por­tant for us, as their peak rep­re­sen­ta­tive body, to fea­ture pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment as a key part of our con­fer­ence but this year we have also made sure we put a fo­cus on per­sonal de­vel­op­ment. It’s im­por­tant for women to recog­nise that as hard as they work, not to lose sight of self-care.”

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