EP women thrive

Two female grain producers from the Eyre Peninsula have been awarded sponsorship from Grain Producers SA to attend the Thriving Women 2018 conference in Hahndorf next week.

Lisa Baldock and Rhianna Foster will hear from speakers including Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell, Country to Canberra founder and chief executive officer Hannah Wandel and Rural Bank chief executive officer and manager director Alexandra Gartmann among others at the two-day event.

Mrs Baldock and her husband Tristan moved back to his family farm at Buckleboo five years ago to become partners in the business.

During that time, Mrs Baldock has set about expanding her knowledge on succession planning, grain marketing, agribusiness management and understanding crop production.

She said she would like to expand her knowledge on aspects of the farming operation, in particular understanding, implementing and managing farm safety, and building confidence and resilience to cope with challenges of life on the land.

“Gaining insights into consumer attitudes and how the industry can self-promote and counter negative perceptions to ensure the longevity of our business is also important,” she said.

“Farming life can at times be lonely and isolated and I am very keen to use the opportunity to attend Thriving Women 2018 to build networks and connections with other like-minded ladies which could potentially help me in the future.”

Mrs Foster and her husband Matthew crop and run sheep at Wudinna.

She is a member of the local Women in Ag group where participants attend ‘sticky beak’ days, look at trials and hear from guest speakers.

She said she was looking forward to learning about what women were achieving in the grain industry and other industries.

“I am particularly interested in mental health and wellbeing, communication and helping businesses thrive and succeed with investment models and succession planning.”