[15 July/Stuff]

Woodville farmer, Rebecca Brown, has been elected chairwoman of the FMG Young Farmer of the Year committee. She was the first woman to hold the role. She said she was honoured and it showed woman could do anything. She was one of three women appointed to the board. The new members meant half of the board were now women. Ms Brown said it showed woman were right there with men at all levels and that it wasn’t just a boys club anymore. She noted women had always been a big part of farming. She was pleased to see that reflected in the competitors over the years. Ms Brown said her new roles were an adjustment and she was thankful for the advice given to her by some of the experienced committee members. She noted the only downside was that she couldn’t spend as much time on the family farm anymore.