Women in Rice: Friday 14 June, Finley NSW


Keynote: Focus on Business Management

Kelly Crossley

Kellie Crossley farms with her husband Andrew and his parents Ken and Robyn Crossley north of Deniliquin. Kellie does not have a background in agriculture, but has brought skills from outside the industry into her role in the farm business. She will explain how she transitioned her farm business from a paper based to an electronic cloud based system and will discuss the opportunities she has taken to improve her industry skills. 

[women] have a huge amount of experience and skills and if they can transform those into the agricultural sector we’ll have a far stronger sector.
— Kellie Crossley

 Interactive Q&A: What does the future of the rice industry look like? Sharing stories with emerging and established leaders

Hear first-hand personal challenges and successes from our emerging and established leaders:

  • Laura Kaylock (AgriFuturesTM Rice Program Advisory Panel Member)

    Laura grew up on family farm at Mallan,  Souther Riverina.

    Always having had a passion for agriculture Laura was fortunate enough to grow up surrounded by a diverse farming enterprise; dryland and irrigated cropping, livestock and stone fruit. Through their business adventures Laura's family has always had an open mind when it comes to trialing new opportunities; whether it be vegetable production, marketing of local produce or even yabby farming.

    With this as inspiration, Laura has tried to educate herself about in various aspects of the agricultural and rural industries sectors through a diverse set of roles.

    In 2014 Laura graduated from Charles Sturt University with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science. Upon completion of her degree Laura worked as a trainee agronomist. In this role she was fortunate to meet irrigation farmers and improve her technical knowledge and skills in cropping environments. In 2017 Laura's passion for agriculture lead her to return home to the family farm part – time and also work for Western Murray Land Improvement Group as a project office. This has proven to be a great mix of both office and in field work; allowing Laura to improve her understanding of R&D aspects of the industry and how it impacts end users.

    At the beginning of 2019 Laura was accepted as a member of the AgriFutures Rice Advisroy Panel. Laura is excited for the opportunites to learn and give back to an industry which has provided her with so much support during her career.

  • Michele Groat (Drought Support Officer and AgriFuturesTM Rice Program Advisory Panel Member)

    Michele has a Degree in Natural Resource Management and has a breadth of experience in the environmental and agricultural sector. She has had various positions including the inaugural Executive Officer of the MIA Horticultural Council, Senior Programs Officer with the EPA, a board member of the Wine Grape Marketing Board and the Coordinator of the Murrumbidgee Valley Stakeholders Group – the peak Murrumbidgee community group that negotiated a better deal from the Murray Darling Basin Plan for our community.

    Michele has just finished managing the RGA’s On-Farm Irrigation Efficiency program and recently taken on a part time project management role at Leeton Shire Council managing a community drought funding project. Michele is also the Deputy Chair of Agrifuture’s Rice Advisory Panel and a Director of Yenda Producers.

    Michele and her husband Mark own a broadacre farm at Myall Park. 

  • Ange Urquhart (RGA Board Member).

    Angela runs a mixed cropping farm near Finley with her husband Murray.

    Angela is a member of the Berriquin Branch of the RGA and currently plays an active role in the rice industry as a delegate for NFF Telecommunications and Social Policy Committee for RGA Farm Business and Productivity.

    Angela holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Computer Science and is a qualified Accountant and member of CPA Australia.

 Leadership opportunities within the rice industry.

Rice Extension will discuss programs and scholarships on offer within the rice and broader agricultural industry.

 Rural Financial Counselling

Airlie Hoskins is a Rural Financial Counsellor and will discuss what free and confidential services are available to primary producers who are at risk of financial hardship or suffering financial hardship. RFC has counsellors available in Coleambally, Deniliquin and Wagga Wagga.

This event has been made possible with a Murrumbidgee Community Grant, which is an initiative of Murrumbidgee Primary Network and part of the Australian Government’s ‘Empowering Communities’ funding.

Murrumbidgee Community Grants are available for drought affected communities and allow local communities to tailor mental health response to their own needs.

For more information about the grants please visit www.mphn.org.au


Ticket registration can be done here : Women In Rice Luncheon