Enjoying the guest speakers at the Women in Agriculture lunch at Farm World last Thursday were Sue Fleming, Gil Mertens, Felicity O’Dea and Erika McInerney from the Southern Business Women’s Network. M261417

One of the guest speakers at the ‘Women In Agriculture’ luncheon at Farm World, Emma Germano of Mirboo North, left, chats with Lisa Price of Baw Baw LLEN. M271417

ONE of the standout highlights of Farm World this year was the ‘Women in Agriculture Luncheon’ last Thursday boasting an impressive line-up of speakers and a room filled with Gippsland farming and business women.
And they were especially impressed with the presentation by Rebel Black, who has made a success of a range of online businesses which support rural women where they live.
Rebel first launched herself in the corporate world from an office in the opal fields at Lightning Ridge in NSW and had a very interesting story to tell.
The other guest speaker was our own Emma Germano, who has become the voice of reason in the State’s veggie growing community in recent years as member of Ausveg’s Victorian Executive and Vice President of the VFF’s Horticulture Group.
Emma is business development manager for Germano Produce but has also run her own restaurant, travelled overseas as a Nuffield Scholar and introduced a number of innovative ways to market her own and the state’s great food products.
Lardner Park Chairman Angela Betheras, whose idea it was to start the Thursday women’s luncheon in 2012, welcomed everyone to the well-attended event.