Queenslander Emma Black says she is empowered to be an AgWoman. Emma is currently a Beef Extension Officer from Western Queensland for the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, based at South Johnstonein.
Growing up on Colanya Station near Longreach, Central Western Qld, Australia, where her family run merino sheep. It was this upbringing that she says is where her passion for agriculture began.
Emma studied a Bachelor of Livestock Science at the University of New England (Australia) and has also completed two post graduate certificates as well as other courses. She enjoys working right along the entire supply chain to upskill herself and is always looking for opportunities to learn and develop her career and improve the industry.
Emma has a wide variety of experience throughout the industry she has grown up with including animal nutrition consulting, beef production systems, grazing land management, meat science, innovation and new technologies, and analysis of beef performance.
Back in 2015 Emma took out the inaugural Zanda McDonald Award and has also been listed in the top 100 most influential women in Australian Agribusiness as well as receiving the University of New England Young Distinguished Alumni award. Winning the Zanda McDonald award
opened up a variety of opportunities for Emma including potential career opportunities and overall personal development which she has been very grateful for.
She loves working with farming families to help them improve their productivity and profitability while remaining sustainable. Giving back to the industry has always been high on Emma's priorities and with her team in her current role they focus on a variety of system and management factors. These range from grazing land management, livestock nutrition, business
analysis, meat science, pasture improvement, property mapping and upskilling producers.
It is obvious that Emma is very passionate about the next generation coming in to the Agriculture industry and spends a lot of time mentoring young producers, graduates, university or high school students and exposing them to the exciting careers that the industry provides. She also coached the Australian National Meat Judging Team for four years taking them to the USA to compete as part of the Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging Program.
Emma you are truly one inspirational AgWoman who has a very promising future ahead of you. Congratulations on all you have achieved so far and all the best going forward.