Finalists for the Victorian Rural Women’s Award have been announced, as Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford used International Women’s Day to commemorate the contribution of women to agriculture.
Four women are in the running for the award, which celebrates leadership and innovation in agriculture.
Ms Pulford said women were doing ‘‘wonderful things’’in the field.
‘‘Women in agriculture aren’t just helping shape the agenda, they are setting it in their own right,’’ she said.
‘‘With more young women ... enrolling in a degree in agriculture than men, I look forward to seeing even more young Victorian women entering leadership roles and taking our industry forward.’’
The finalists include women developing female dairy networks, exploring capacity building and people development in fishing and those trying to reduce on-farm waste and lost income as a result of waterbirds and bats.
Lake Boga resident Joelene Williams is one of the finalists for the award, recognised for her role in developing the Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area Committee Regional Action Plan, designed to combat pests in the region.
Ms Williams hopes to attend an international conference on area-wide management of insect pests, to gain further knowledge to apply in the region.
The winner will be announced at Parliament House on Wednesday, March 22.