Inspiring tales of young women forging a path in agriculture are set to take centre stage at a women's group dinner later this month.
Soroptimist International Griffith are hosting a special dinner event on Wednesday, July 21, which will feature speeches from Picture You in Agriculture (PYiA) representatives.
PYiA is a not-for-profit charity organisation which aims to drive Australia's agriculture industry forward by bringing more young, creative minds out onto the fields.
Griffith's Soroptimist group made a sizeable donation to the charity last year and founder Will Mead said having PYiA reps coming to Griffith to share their experiences was "a bit special".
Agriculture is such a male-dominated field and yet most of PYiA's 'Young Farming Champions' are women ... we'd love to hear all about how they achieved that and their experiences.Will Mead, Soroptimist International Griffith
"We really like the two programs they run for primary schools and secondary schools and especially how, like us, they're really pushing for better responses to climate change and achieving gender equality," Mrs Mead said.
The $30 event will include a two-course meal followed by speeches from the four Young Farming Champions as well as a speech from PYiA CEO Lynne Strong.
One of the Young Farming Champions is Veronika Vicic, a PhD candidate at the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation.
After moving from Sydney to Wagga, Ms Vicic has set her sights on bridging the gap between how rural and urban communities see beef and dairy industries.
"My first-hand experience has shown me consumer views can be distanced from the reality of modern agricultural practices," she said. "Bridging the gap is where I think we should begin."
Soroptimist's Gerry Rohan and Pat Cox said they were very excited for the event and keen to learn how the young women overcame the difficulties they had no doubt faced.
"We're hoping to get a number of young people from Griffith along to the event as well as other organisations here in town which are involved in agriculture," Mrs Rohan said.
The event will be held from 6:30pm on Wednesday, July 21 at The Exies Club Griffith. Tickets may be purchased online.
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