• Hannah Phillips

Simone Kain Continues to Inspire Women in Agriculture


Co-Creator of George the Farmer and local Penola woman, Simone Kain has been recognised at the prestigious AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award at a ceremony in Canberra recently, for her work in inspiring the minds of country kids.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, presented Simone with the runner-up Australian Rural Woman of the Year Award at the well-attended event held at Parliament House, brimming with dedicated regional and rural advocates.

Member for Barker, Tony Pasin, congratulated Simone on receiving the award for her work educating children and encouraging them to consider a career in agriculture.

“Simone has done great work educating young Australians about farming and life on the land, with a range of innovative teaching materials focused on George the Farmer.

“Simone will use her award bursary to develop new materials featuring George’s wife, talented agronomist Dr. Ruby, to encourage more children to consider a career in agriculture," he said.

The Rural Women’s Awards celebrate female achievement in agriculture, business and rural communities.

Each state and territory winner receives a $10,000 bursary to further their innovative ideas and projects, as well as access to professional development opportunities and alumni networks.

As runner-up, Simone receives an additional $5,000.

“I look forward to seeing Simone continue to achieve great things and encourage any local women who are following in her footsteps by making difference to our communities to apply for next year’s award,” Mr Pasin said.

Applications for the 2018 AgriFutures (formerly RIRDC) Rural Women’s Award are now open, for more information visit agrifutures.com.au.