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JANUARY -- FEBRUARY 2008 GROUND COVER 31 Partners in Grain PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT BECOMES A CAREER BY EMMA LEONARD n Involvement in Partners in Grain (PinG), and its predecessor program Women in Grains, has been a catalyst for change in Jenny Grigg’s life. Not one to shy from a challenge, Jenny says the support and encouragement she received from her peers in PinG and from her family has enabled her to ‘raise the bar’ in terms of goals and achievements. When Jenny married Paul in 1979 she had a rural, but not a farming, background, an Arts degree and some clerical experience. Nonetheless, she immediately became a partner in the farm at Patchewollock in Victoria’s northern Mallee, and was soon heavily involved in their trucking and grain- trading business, managing employees and contractors and trading grain. “I was lucky I had a supportive husband, an inclusive family-farming structure and a passion for finances,” Jenny says. “I was also prepared to have a go in the community. Taking on roles such as treasurer of the local pre-school for seven years helped give me the confidence to tackle more responsible roles.” Jenny’s story exemplifies the saying, ‘from little things big things grow’. Having earned her stripes working in the farming business and in the community for 15 years, she was selected as an Australian representative for the 2nd Women in Agriculture Conference, in Washington DC. Following this, Jenny participated in Women in Grains, the GRDC/Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) project that was the springboard for the national PinG project, for which she chaired the inaugural Victorian Reference Group. “I remember being blown away at the first meeting of Women in Grains. It was the first time I had been involved with a group of women who were passionate about the grains industry. At last I had found a peer group and a platform from which to encourage other women to be involved in grains or to gain recognition for the work they were already doing.” Having gained most of her knowledge through hands-on experience, Jenny undertook the Marcus Oldham Leadership Program. This one-week intensive course helped to build skills in managing meetings, which requires an ability to understand, encourage and harness other people’s skills and enthusiasm. All of this new knowledge was put to good use when she was appointed as facilitator for the North West Mallee Community Capacity Building Initiative. Working with 10 communities, Jenny supported regional organisations in more than 70 community projects including renovating the Roxy Theatre in Ouyen and establishing a community store in Patchewollock. “By early 2000, I had four teenage children and, with my involvement in these new roles, we decided to wind back the trucking and grain-trading business and expand the farm, which is now 7000 hectares. Grain, wool and prime lambs are the main enterprises run by my husband, his brother and our families.” The next challenge Jenny was offered was to become a director of Wimmera Mallee Water, which after three years merged to become GWMWater, responsible for rural and urban water supplies and sewage services. With her passion for finances and rural communities, Jenny was keen to take on the challenge of a directorship. To serve the position properly she completed the intensive five-day Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) course. She found learning about governance, a director’s legal responsibilities and risk management to be an essential qualification. “The course made me aware of my responsibilities as a director, not only giving me the knowledge and confidence to contribute at a higher level, but driving home the fact that every director has a responsibility to be actively involved in that business.” Jenny and her husband have now both completed the AICD course, which requires completing an assignment and passing an exam. The farming partnership is now restructured into a company comprising four family directors. While Jenny’s enthusiasm, skills and experience gained in the farming business opened the doors to off-farm positions, the experience gained off-farm is now being maximised by the farming company. Jenny is now only indirectly involved with PinG, but as rural campus manager for Sunraysia Institute of TAFE she plays an instrumental role in encouraging and supporting young people in agriculture. An important part of her role is supporting agriculture trainees by identifying and developing training and business opportunities. She is working with others to develop online training for school-based apprentices and farmers in general, recognising their skills honed over the years and integrating these into a formal qualification. “Our industry needs skilled people with credibility gained through training and learning agricultural best practice.” Another project involved running two short courses for young people operating harvesters, a concept originally driven by PinG and the Grains Industry Training Network. Jenny would be the first to admit that sometimes it feels like progress is based on taking two steps forward and one step back, but she has found that each hurdle jumped helps her deal with the next challenge. She encourages everyone, especially rural women, to ‘have a go’ and to participate in networks such as PinG. More information: Jenny Grigg, 03 5022 3954, firstname.lastname@example.org Travel, ongoing training, and peer and family support have allowed Victorian farmer Jenny Grigg to contribute to the Victorian grain and water industries. PAGE 2 INTRODUCTION PAGE 3 'ICE BREAKER' BOOK ON FAMILY SUCCESSION PAGE 4 SURVEY SEEKS TO PLUG TRAINING GAPS PAGE 5 THESIS HIGHLIGHTS POORLY RECOGNISED RESOURCE PAGE 7 BENEFITS OF A WIDE LEARNING CIRCLE PAGE 8 WELCOME TO THE WEB ROOM PAGE 10 MARKETING BASICS LIFT TRADING CONFIDENCE PAGE 10 TACKLING TOPICAL ISSUES: ON- FARM GRAIN STORAGE PAGE 12 COMMUNITY ROLE BOLSTERS FARM SUCCESS PAGE 13 KITS TO SHOW FARMING'S 'GREEN' CREDENTIALS PAGE 14 GET-TOGETHER MOTIVATES YOUNG FARMERS PAGE 14 ETHANOL OPTIONS CONTINUE TO FUEL INTEREST PAGE 15 LIPSTICK IN THE LIMELIGHT Partners broaden the skills base Redefining the farm team PARTNERS IN GRAIN SUPPLEMENT JANUARY -- FEBRUARY 2008 READ MORE 16-PAGE PARTNERS IN GRAIN SUPPLEMENT NEW WEBSITE LIVE NOW www.nvtonline.com.au 10 CROPS, 240 VARIETIES, 585 TRIALS ANNUALLY WHAT VARIETIES WILL YOU SOW IN 2008? CHECK OUT THE NEW NVT WEBSITE FOR INDEPENDENT TRIAL RESULTS ON HOW VARIETIES HAVE PERFORMED -- GO TO www.nvtonline.com.au PRESENTS DATA ON 10 CROPS, 240 VARIETIES, WITH 585 TRIALS CONDUCTED ANNUALLY ACROSS ALL STATES. FIELD-TRIAL DATA CAN BE ACCESSED ACROSS ALL STATES AND REGIONS -- THE EXAMPLES PRESENTED HERE ARE FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA ONLY View a NVT Variety Report: just select the crop, state and/ or region -- to access variety measurements, yield, disease ratings, growth and size etc. To compare yield data in a specific region against other varieties select a NVT Performance Report. This one shows the predicted average yield of wheat from 2000-06 on South Australia's Yorke Peninsula. By scrolling down this page you can view the number of trials conducted for each variety -- to gain a measure of confidence in the result.
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