Farm Table founder Airlie Landale and Angus stud stock producer Erica Halliday add expertise to Rural Aid Board.
Rural Aid has welcomed two new directors to its Board. They are well-known beef industry leader Erica Halliday of Nevis Angus, Walcha, and Farm Table managing director and founder Airlie Landale from Deniliquin.
Chairman Alex Hutton said the appointments further strengthened Rural Aid’s already strong connections with rural and regional Australia.
Erica Halliday comes from a generational background in the farming and rural sector having started as a jillaroo and stud muster. Erica has an extended skillset as a business facilitator, life coach, board member and a sought-after guest speaker.
As a fourth-generation cattle producer, Erica understands the complexities and challenges of agriculture.
After studying agricultural economics, beef production and marketing, Erica worked holistically with farm families to balance economics and finance with the land, animals and the people within.
Since 2006 and in partnership with her husband, Erica has been running Ben Nevis Angus in Walcha NSW, managing genetics and marketing.
Erica is Vice-President on the Board of Directors of Angus Australia and has been a Director of the Australian Beef Industry Foundation, Australian Beef Association and Chairman of the NSW State Committee and New England Angus Breeders. She and her husband Stu won the prestigious Stewarts Award in recognition of their service to Angus Youth.
Born and raised on a mixed farming property in NSW, Airlie Landale is the Founder and Managing Director of Farm Table, a national online knowledge sharing platform. The platform connects producers with the latest research, opportunities and resources, and to each other, to help them to navigate the complexities of farming.
Through the development and launch of Farm Table, Airlie understands the commitment required in a start-up business and possesses a broad range of skills. From business development, financial management, stakeholder engagement and management, technical development, event management, design and testing, agriculture research and content development and dissemination.
Prior to Farm Table, Airlie Landale was a Business Analyst with Macquarie Bank’s Paraway Pastoral Co – which operates 27 pastoral enterprises. She was also a Drought Coordinator with Edward River Council NSW, Researcher and Columnist for Food Tank – Chicago, and an Economics and Policy Senior Consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers – Melbourne.
Airlie Landale has been a popular presenter at many industry events and workshops, including Women and Leadership Australia, Murray Landcare Collective, FoodCon 2018, AgriVictoria, Producer forums and the National Fodder Conference. She separates her time between running Farm Table and working in the family farming enterprises in Deniliquin and Holbrook.
Both Erica and Airlie have an excellent understanding of the rural sector. Their extensive relationships in rural and corporate sectors will ensure that Rural Aid continues to have a strong capacity to meet its objective to support rural and regional Australia in times of need.
About Rural Aid
Rural Aid is one of Australia’s largest rural charities. Well known for the highly successful ‘Buy a Bale’ campaign, the charity also provides financial assistance, water and counselling to farmers in times of drought, flood or fire. Other initiatives support its vision that farming and rural communities are safeguarded to ensure their sustainability both during and after these natural disasters. Visit www.ruralaid.org.au for further information on these programs and other support for our rural communities.
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