Sophie Atkinson has a lot on her plate. At 26 she leases the family farm and is also kept busy with new son Brax. Sophie is the forth generation to manage the 250ha organically certified Pirinoa property in the Wairarapa. She operates a diverse business which includes a mix of deer, sheep, beef, cropping and dairy grazers which keeps life interesting.
Passionate about rural youth Senior Territory Manager of New Zealand Young Farmers , Casey A Huffstutler is passionate about fighting back against poor New Zealand youth employment rates in agriculture. Casey has devoted her adult life to encouraging and offering support to the nation’s young so that they see the vast opportunities of a fast paced changing sector.
Growing up on a dairy farm, Helen France followed a natural path to a job in the Agricultural industry. Her parents were sharemilkers and her Mum also worked as a nurse. Helen grew up with 3 siblings, an older brother and a younger brother and sister that are twins. They all helped out on the farm as much as they could. While her friends went to each others in the weekend, Helen would go straight home so she could hose the yard or feed the calves. Helen went to boarding school at St Matthews in Masterton and was lucky to be able to take Ag classes there.
Georgie and Emma Cameron both work in the New Zealand agricultural industry. Emma as nutrient specialist for Ballance and Georgie as an Agri Manager for ANZ. Both enthusiastic about agriculture, the sisters grew up on a sheep and beef farm in Bideford, Wairarapa where their passion for farming began. They have ended up following a similar path into the sector both attending Massey University and Agricultural degrees.
Nicky Brown never thought that she’d end up gravitating towards a career in agriculture, let alone end up being back on a farm. Having spent her early years on farm and family connections to farming, being involved in the agricultural sector never crossed her mind. After graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing Management and Tourism from Otago University, Nicky was set on pursuing a career in the city and travelling the world.
With a passionate focus and upbringing in the rural sector, Southlander & Beef + Lamb NZ Extension Manager Olivia Ross was born an AgWoman. Brought up as a true country kid in Southland, she grew up learning the true value of achievement, hard work, loyalty, community and earning what you receive. She remembers a childhood of stock work, tractors, horses, machinery, hunting, adventures and pure enjoyment.
Susie Woodward is from a big farming family based in Upstate New York, USA. Growing up with 6 siblings, she was immersed in the family dairy farm and aspired to become a large animal vet, something her father thought would come in handy. In Highschool, Susie became involved in a student organization called the 'FFA' or 'Future Farmers of America'.