Simone Kain has been named national runner-up of the 2017 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award (formerly the RIRDC Rural Women’s Award).
Ms Kain – the co-creator of children’s character George the Farmer – was recognised at the national awards ceremony in Canberra on Wednesday night.
George is a children’s character who teaches young people about farming and food through apps, books and songs.
As the South Australian state winner of the 2017 Rural Women’s Award, announced in February, Simone received a $10,000 bursary to make Ruby the Farmer, George’s talented agronomist wife, the spokesperson and heroine of two new curriculum-aligned teachers’ resources.
The materials aim to teach young people about the role women play in Australian agriculture and showcase the range of careers available in primary industries.
As national runner-up, Simone will receive an additional $5,000 to further develop her project.
Ms Kain, based in Penola in South Australia’s Limestone Coast region, hails from a farming background and is dedicated to raising the profiles of Australian farmers, particularly through children’s education.
The AgriFutures Rural Woman’s Award recognises emerging women leaders who have the desire, commitment and leadership potential to make a greater contribution to primary industries and rural communities.
The award is open to all women involved in primary industries and/or rural Australia.
AgriFutures is the new trading name for the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation.
Quotes attributable to Jo Collins, Executive Director, Agriculture Food and Wine, Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA)
Simone’s national recognition this week is a great example of the wonderful work being achieved by South Australia’s rural women.
South Australia leads the nation in so many areas, particularly in agriculture and regional development, and PIRSA is very proud to see a leader like Simone continue to put our state on the map.
PIRSA’s own Women in Agribusiness and Regions (WIAR) Strategy encompasses our support of the Rural Women’s Award.
WIAR is a partnership between industry, government and the community which aims to promote opportunities and grow the capacity of women in the agribusiness sector across the state.