Twenty Two year old Jess Richards grew up in the small rural town of Coonabarabran, New South Wales. Working alongside her parents on the farms that her father managed, as well as completing work placements with other farmers, she has developed a good knowledge and agricultural skill set. When Jess left school in 2012, she began working at the Coonabarabran Veterinary Clinic and is a qualified vet nurse. She specialises in working with sheep and cattle, from lambing and calving to market ready.

Jess is currently studying a Diploma of Agriculture at New England TAFE Armidale and is starting at the University of New England (UNE) in Armidale NSW in January 2018, studying a Bachelor of Agriculture majoring in Crop Production . In her spare time, Jess is a volunteer fire fighter for the Urabrible brigade. In the last year or two Jess has taken up photography. She loves taking landscape shots of the crops and livestock and has entered her photos in a couple of local shows and won awards.

Jess has also been involved with the cropping industry and travelled away with Cryon Harvesting in 2016 alongside a few local farmers. "I have had the opportunity to learn about the whole process, from fertilizing the ground, to sowing it, to harvesting and I've loved it. My dreams and goals are that one day i am working in the agriculture industry, with either cropping or livestock."

The country town of Coonabarabran hold a local show each year. Along with her photos, Jess has entered herself in the YOUNG FARMERS CHALLENGE a couple of times and has thoroughly enjoyed pitting her skills against other young farmers. "I have always wanted to work in the agriculture industry so as long as I keep to my study and determination I feel that one day i will be able to achieve this."

Jess you are an amazing AgWomen. We love your passion, drive and enthusiasm for all things agriculture. As you say, keep up your studies and your dreams will come true. All the best!