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Women quitting agriculture over ‘blokey culture’ and lower pay

More women are enrolling in agricultural science courses at Australian universities but they still face a “gender imbalance” as graduates working in farm industries and research, according to a leading academic.

Jimm Pratley, the foundation dean of science and agriculture at Charles Sturt University in regional New South Wales told a national agronomy conference that women are still paid less than men in many farm industries.

His comments coincide with Wine Australia chairman Brian Walsh telling a wine awards event in London that the Australian wine industry needed to lose its male dominated “macho culture”. 

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