Rice Industry Leadership Program Launched

17 April 2018


Today the Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia (RGA) is launching the Rice Industry Leadership Program 2018 –2020. The RGA believes that developing strong and effective industry leaders is essential to ensuring the industry continues it’s economic, environmental and innovation success.

The Rice Industry Leadership Program is supported by the Federal Government’s $5 million Leadership in Agricultural Industries Fund and by the five key organisations servicing the rice industry: The RGA, Rice Extension, AgriFutures Australia, SunRice and The Rice Marketing Board for the State of NSW (RMB).

This program will be delivered across three development courses targeting varying levels of experience, being: Introduction to the Rice Industry, Foundations of Leadership and Established Leaders.

The first opportunity to participate in these programs will be through the Foundations of Leadership Course commencing in late May 2018.

This eight day program will be run over two session and has been developed in conjunction with the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation. The program targets rice growers and industry representatives who have demonstrated an interest in pursuing leadership opportunities or a commitment to the broader rice industry.

The RGA has previously run this program and received fantastic feedback from participants. This time we have reviewed the content and are hoping to deliver a bigger and better program.

Previous participant and Yenda Rice Grower Chris Morshead said “I travelled to this course thinking why am I bothering, and left wanting to do it again. To lead you must know your true self, you must understand how you interact with others and you must be prepared to say what others won’t or can’t. This is what I got from this course. I highly recommend it to other growers”.

RGA President Jeremy Morton said “We encourage all rice growers who are interested in pursuing leadership opportunities to apply for the Foundations of Leadership course”.

“It has been great leadership in the past that has brought our industry to where it is today, and through this funding we can ensure our leaders will continue to adapt and grow our industry.” said Mr Morton.
For more information or to apply for the Foundations of Leadership course please visit the RGA website: http://www.rga.org.au/education/awards-and-scholarships.aspx or contact the RGA’s Rice Leadership Project Co-coordinator, Ainsley Massina on 0428 859 214 or email amassina@rga.org.au

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Media Contact:

Courtney Dillon, Policy and Communications Officer, 0417 037 162
Jeremy Morton, RGA President – 0429 873 230