Industry contribution recognised


TOP ACHIEVEMENT: George the Farmer co-creator and Penola resident Simone Kain won the 2017 Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation Rural Women's Award at a ceremony in Adelaide on Monday night.

TOP ACHIEVEMENT: George the Farmer co-creator and Penola resident Simone Kain won the 2017 Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation Rural Women's Award at a ceremony in Adelaide on Monday night.

A COMMITMENT and passion for educating Australian children about farming and agricultural practices have put Penola's Simone Kain back in the spotlight.

The George the Farmer co-creator was awarded the 2017 Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation Rural Women's Award at a ceremony in Adelaide on Monday night.

The award recognises emerging women leaders who have the desire, commitment and leadership potential to make a greater contribution to primary industries and rural communities.

Ms Kain will represent South Australia at the national Rural Women's Award in Canberra later this year.

Her passion for teaching children about where food comes from complements her dedication to raising the profile of Australian farmers.

"This award is the biggest national recognition for rural women and a great platform to get George the Farmer's message out nationally," she said.

"I am really excited about having the opportunity to reach more children and help educate them about farming and agriculture."

As this year's state winner, Ms Kain received a $10,000 bursary to pursue a nominated project and will be able to take part in leadership development opportunities.

She will use the bursary to develop two educational children's resources.

"We already have two teacher's guides available but with this bursary we will be able to get two more off the ground much quicker than originally planned," Ms Kain said.

"We will be creating a preschool and primary school guide for teachers which look at the roles women have in Australian agriculture and the innovative careers available in the industry."

Agriculture Minister Leon Bignell presented the award and said he was pleased to see Ms Kain recognised for her efforts.

"It is so important to educate future generations of Australian producers and I am thrilled Simone has been recognised with this award," he said.

"Through her winning project, Simone will not only be helping children learn about the opportunities available to primary producers, she'll also be teaching them about the important role women have played in shaping Australia's agricultural landscape."

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