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Shortlist of talented women in ag announced for FMC LEAD program

Creation date: 10 June 2021



FMC, an Agricultural Sciences Company that advances farming through innovative and sustainable crop protection technologies, today announced a shortlist of 10 highly skilled women in agriculture vying to be one of two selected recipients of the FMC LEAD Program scholarship and the opportunity to Learn Evolve Apply Develop (LEAD).


The inaugural FMC LEAD Scholarship Program aims to encourage and provide more solutions for women to participate and thrive in agriculture whilst driving innovation. It targets aspiring female leaders in Australia or New Zealand who are involved in agriculture and are aged between 18-35.


FMC ANZ Managing Director Kristina Hermanson says women have always played a vital role within the agricultural sector, and that as potential future leaders they have even more to offer a robust agriculture industry.


“Agriculture is a vibrant industry and there are currently a number of outstanding women who are leading and shaping the industry but unfortunately women only equate to one third of the Australian agricultural workforce,” said Ms Hermanson.

“Through the FMC scholarship program we are looking to help more women by providing a unique and adaptive opportunity to network, learn, and share their ideas with influential stakeholders. FMC is committed to equipping emerging agricultural female leaders with the skills to LEAD with confidence and make an impact.”


The successful shortlist of candidates selected, and the essay themes submitted as part of their application, are:

  • Amelia Shaw (Sydney, NSW) Policy Manager at GrainGrowers; Rural Communities and the Leaders Embedded with them
  • Amy Perry (Jerilderie, NSW) Agronomist at AGnVET; Sustainability
  • Emma Ayliffe (Lake Caregelligo, NSW) Consultant, Director and Principle at Summit Ag; Industry Innovation
  • Jana Phan (Canberra, ACT) CropLife Australia Director of Stewardship and Sustainability; Sustainability for Australian Agriculture
  • Jessica Taaffe (Brisbane QLD) student at Southern Cross University; Sustainability
  • Josie Clarke (Brownlow Hill, NSW) Crop Physiology and Agronomy Research Assistant at the Centre for Carbon Water and Food; Are we working towards sustainability or productivity?
  • Julia Payne (Mildura, VIC) Agribusiness Assistant at Southern Cross Farms; Sustainability
  • Kareena Pritchard (Tamworth, NSW) Group Financial Controller at Pursehouse Rural; Rural Communities
  • Malkah Muckenschnabl (Bendigo, VIC), Director at Ag Institute Australia; Sustainability
  • Olivia Borden (Katherine, NT) Agronomist at EE Muir & Sons; Innovation

The two successful FMC LEAD Program recipients will receive a fully subsidised place to study at either the Australian Graduate School of Management, Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology or Harvard (online). Valued at approximately $12,000, the two winners will complete a short course in one of the focus areas: leadership/management, sustainability or innovation.


In addition to the study opportunity, the recipients will join FMC at the National Farmers Federation 2021 National Conference in September to network with current sector stakeholders. They will also present their LEAD program submission ideas at FMC’s 2021 National Ag Day lunch and connect with the FMC team and diverse industry partners for learning and local field trip opportunities.


“Community engagement, innovation and sustainability are important to FMC and the quality of LEAD Program applications we received reflect these values. It is encouraging to see how these women demonstrate their passion and the potential that a younger generation of intelligent women are bringing to agricultural industries,” said Ms Hermanson.


“Australian agriculture needs more women if it is to stay a global leader and address future food challenges. The ideas expressed by these exceptional candidates, and how they will successfully further develop the long term opportunities for Australian agriculture, will ultimately benefit our broader rural communities, the economy and future generations.”


FMC is expecting to announce the two successful FMC LEAD Program recipients late this month. For further information about the FMC Scholarship Program visit http://www.fmccrop.com.au/.

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