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Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair, has announced that the CEO of a not-for-profit farming systems group based at Temora has won the 2015 Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation NSW-ACT Rural Women's Award.

Cindy Cassidy, from Ariah Park, was presented with her award at a gala dinner at NSW Parliament House on Tuesday night.

Mr Blair said Cindy, along with finalists Sophie Anderson, a rural Barrister from the Byron Bay Hinterland and Trudy McElroy, who runs a share-farming broad acre farming enterprise in Deniliquin, are all exceptional women and champions of regional NSW.

"Cindy, Sophie and Trudy were selected from a field of skilled, highly committed and enterprising women from across the state,” Mr Blair said.

“Cindy’s ambitions to improve agricultural extension and help farmers maximise the use of research and development will stand her in good stead to take out the national competition later this year in Canberra.”

Cindy will receive a bursary of $10,000 and will participate in the RIRDC Australian Institute of Company Directors’ course, while Sophie and Trudy will receive a $1000 bursary for skills and leadership development.

The NSW/ACT RIRDC Rural Women’s Award is coordinated by the Department of Primary Industries’ Rural Women’s Network with financial support from NSW Farmers, Office of Environment & Heritage and The Country Women’s Association of NSW.

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