This Farming Life star and NIGTA general manager will lead the UFU WIA conference

Keynote speakers are Gill Gallagher, chief executive of the Northern Ireland Grain Trade Association (NIGTA), and Aimee Budge, who starred in BBC’s This Farming Life.

Following the Committee for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (AERA) investigation, Breaking the ‘Grass’ Ceiling, which was published in March this year, the theme of the event is ‘breaking ground’.

UFU Rural Affairs President Jennifer Hawkes said: “After hosting an online women in agriculture conference last year due to the pandemic, we are really looking forward to hosting an event. physical in October at the Glenavon Hotel.

Gill Gallagher, Managing Director of the Northern Ireland Grain Trade Association, and UFU Rural Affairs Chair Jennifer Hawkes pictured at the launch of the UFU Women in Agriculture 2022 conference.

“The AERA Committee inquiry, breaking the ‘grass’ ceiling, was a milestone for women in agriculture in Northern Ireland, publicly exposing the challenges they have endured for many years in agriculture. ‘industry.

“Now, through the conference, we aim to drive progress by bringing together women in agriculture to hear from leading figures in the industry and to network.

“Whether it’s learning how others do things on the farm and developing their agribusiness career, or more personal aspects such as balancing workload and family commitments, it can be extremely beneficial to talk to other people in a similar situation and know that you are not alone.

“Sharing experiences is key to creating the solutions and support needed for women in agriculture, which has huge benefits for the Northern Ireland agribusiness industry as a whole.”

Jennifer continued, “The conference is also hugely important in showing our younger generations how important agriculture and food production are, and about the vast career opportunities that exist in agriculture, whatever your background. Gill Gallagher and Aimee Budge are shining examples, showing what can be accomplished through hard work, dedication and passion for all things agriculture.

“I encourage all men who can to attend the event.

“They have an important role to play in the movement of women in agriculture, because although things are changing with the increase in the number of women leading agricultural enterprises, the highest percentage of farmers is still made up of older men.

“Therefore, it is extremely important to encourage a girl’s interest in agriculture, to support her wife on the farm or to help ensure that we have an agribusiness industry that only credits the deserved.

“Some efforts may seem smaller than others, but they all make a world of difference.”

Commenting on the event, NIGTA CEO Gill Gallagher said: “This is a great initiative by UFU to connect and empower women in an inspiring and supportive forum.

“Fantastic career opportunities are available in the agribusiness sector at all levels and are open to everyone.

“It’s important to publicize these opportunities and give women the opportunity to create a professional network of contacts to help support and nurture their ambitions.”

Places are limited, tickets are priced at £20 and booking is encouraged as soon as possible. You can do this using the following link www.ufuni.org/events

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