Rural Achiever Award

Rural Achiever Award 

The Rural Achiever Award is a state-wide leadership program run by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW. It recognises future young leaders and their significant contribution to their local community and to rural Australia. The Award aims acknowledges young people in primary industry, aged 20-29 years and their achievements.

Networking opportunities with likeminded peers is promoted and facilitated through the RAS and ASC at events including the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

The recipients represent NSW at the National Rural Ambassador Award, and have the chance to partake in an exchange program to the Royal Adelaide Show.

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2023 and 2024 Cooma Show Rural Achiever 

Louise grew up on her family farm at Eucumbene surrounded by sheep, cattle, horses and dogs and this is where her passion for all things agriculture began. Her strong interest in agriculture led her to complete a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at Charles Sturt University in Wagga. While at university Louise spent a lot of time working in shearing sheds around the Riverina and she completed her Certificate IV in Wool Classing. From here she travelled much of Australia and did a shearing season working in the Falkland Islands.

Louise returned to the Monaro during the 2019-2020 summer bushfires and began working as a Rural Financial Counsellor helping producers following the devastating fires and drought conditions at the time. Louise currently works as an Agronomist and Animal Health Advisor with Elders, based in Cooma. Louise enjoys helping producers overcome production challenges and test the boundaries on conventional farming practices.

In her spare time Louise enjoys gardening, driving around her cows and working the small farm she has recently bought with her husband, Mitch.

Louise recognises the important place local ag shows have in connecting people within different parts of rural communities and educating people on food and fibre production.

We wish Louise all the best in the Rural Achiever Award Competition.

Past Rural Achiever’s

2022 Miranda McGufficke

Education and hands-on experience are key for Miranda, along with clear career aspirations and ambitions regarding sheep, genetics and breeding.

A lifetime on the farm combined with her Bachelor of Agriculture/Bachelor of Business has Miranda’s focus on initiating change within the agricultural industry, to see businesses adopt new systems and respond to advances in areas including genetics and education.

Seeking out a strong role model or mentor has helped shape Miranda and she is determined to play the same role for others.

Her involvement with community groups and the agricultural Show movement ensures Miranda keeps learning and developing her skills as well as playing a role in influencing the lives of others.