A YOUNG leader from Myall Park has been recognised for her rural-mindedness and commitment to the agricultural industry.
Kate Molloy was honoured to be among the seven other stand-outs from across NSW who were named the 2014 Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Rural Achievers.
The 20-year-old bachelor of agricultural science student said she was intent on capitalising on the opportunity to learn from the brightest minds in the industry.
"A lot of young people want to learn more outside the classroom, but they're not sure how to, so I'm seeing this opportunity as a gate opening," Kate said.
"I am hoping to be an agronomist after I finish uni and this experience will give me the chance to learn a lot and significantly broaden my contact base."
Aside from her own personal development, Kate hoped to use the award as a springboard on her mission to revitalise rural agricultural shows and rural community spirit.
"I am new to the show community but it is something I am passionate about and I want to reinvigorate," she said.
"I will get behind-the-scenes experience at the 2014 Sydney Royal Easter Show and I'll get to be a steward representing RAS at local shows for the next year.
"I'm hoping I can use that experience to see if we can get rural shows, including the Griffith show, back to being really popular."
As part of a whirlwind tour, Kate will soon attend a cocktail reception at Government House, official functions with RAS councillors and a tour of NSW Parliament House.