Course to GROW skills of women in grains and cotton

Author: | Date: 04 Jun 2019

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Course graduate Fiona Marshall is a GRDC Panel member and has been farming for 21 years in the southern Riverina. She described the course are the ‘best industry-based training’ she had ever done. Photo GRDC.

A diverse set of skills is a critical driver of the effectiveness of farm business.

Women from the New South Wales’ grain and cotton industries can now enrol in an innovative program designed specifically to enhance the personal and business management skills of those working in agriculture.

The Generating Regionally Outstanding Women (GROW) course is a professional development and leadership program for regional women. It works to boost the participants’ leadership, management, communication and networking skills, as well as to provide tools to improve Work Health and Safety and staff management in their businesses.

Offered by Tocal College and administrated by House Paddock Training and Consulting, the GROW course is offered through the AgSkilled program, a NSW Government-funded training initiative, led by industry partners the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) and Cotton Australia.

Aimed at business owners, managers, and emerging managers, the six-day course is delivered in three, two-day workshops over six months at regional locations.

GROW Project Manager Rebecca Fing said 104 women from regional NSW graduated from the course last year and described the topics as ‘excellent and extremely relevant’.

“This GROW course is all about giving women the opportunity to assess their role in the business and then empowering them with the tools and skills needed to be actively and effectively involved in leadership roles within their business and communities,” Mrs Fing said.

“By focusing on building leadership and business skills in this program, we’re fostering a belief that meaningful change is possible and that our regional businesses and communities can flourish when women stand up and let their skills shine.”

The GROW course covers: personal development, communication and networking; organisation, time management and leadership; work health and safety (WHS), covering how to meet legal requirements in a practical way; and staff management, specifically the legal requirements, managing staff performance and attracting and retaining staff.

Mrs Fing said the enrolments were now open for the next round of GROW courses, which start in July in Condobolin (July 23-23), Wee Waa (July 30-31) and Quirindi (August 14-15).

Course graduate Fiona Marshall (pictured) is a GRDC Panel member and has been farming with her husband Craig for 21 years at Mulwala in the Riverina. They are broadacre, dryland grain producers and also operate a sheep enterprise.

“This is the best industry-based training I have ever done. I am going to confidently make major changes to our business now and I have been given the tools to do it,” she said.

To find out more about the course or to register interest contact Rebecca on 0427 107 234 or email

Contact Details

For Interviews

Claudia Vicary, AgSkilled
0409 043 774


Toni Somes, GRDC
0436 622 645