NFF president Fiona Simson with me in Canberra in September 2019.

Applications are open for the latest round of the National Farmers’ Federation’s 2020 Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program until March 31.

In its third year, the program offers a one-on-one mentoring opportunity for women 25 years and over who wish to pursue leadership roles in agriculture. For five months, selected applicants are given the opportunity to define and plan their leadership aspirations with the guidance of a dedicated mentor.

Fiona Simson, the first female president of the NFF in its 40-year history, said the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day – #EachforEqual – was apt.

“In 2020, women make up more than 50 per cent of agricultural tertiary enrolments and, on-farm, women are at the forefront of the adoption of ag-tech and innovation,” she said.

“Yet women continue to be under-represented in the senior levels of our industry.”

Selected participants come together in Canberra during May for a two-day retreat and graduate at a breakfast at the NFF’s National Conference in October.

Find out more about the program before March 31.