Lynne Strong is an agribusiness and social entrepreneur with a strong record of matching business success with environmental achievements and social change.
Whist at the helm of her family business Clover Hill Dairies Lynne positioned her family business as an internationally recognised innovator in climate change adaptation, environmental stewardship and on farm research, development and extension and industry change management strategies. The farm is now run by her son.
Lynne has won agriculture's most prestigious awards including the inaugural Bob Hawke Medal, the 2015 Howard Yelland Award, the 2013 Green Agriculture Innovation Award, the 2012 NSW Rural and Regional Development Award and the 2010 National Landcare Primary Producer of the Year.
Lynne is best known as the founder of and national program director for Art4Agriculture. Art4Agriculture is a network of young people who engage with, and empower young people to tell agriculture’s story. To do this Art4Agriculture designs and delivers high quality, innovative art and multimedia based curriculum programs to Australian school children promoting understanding of, and pride in, Australian agriculture.
Ultimately Art4Agriculture focus beyond the farmgate is on reconnecting consumers with farming communities. The Art4Agriculture team are keenly aware of the need to effectively communicate that Australian farmers are professional and caring and committed to working towards sustainable farming production systems.
Lynne has a vision for agriculture that is full of promise. She wants a dynamic, innovative, exciting and profitable agrifood sector regionally and Australia wide.
Lynne believes agriculture needs a new way of thinking about and engaging with their customers and the supply chain.
For farmers, this will mean working beyond traditional boundaries and challenging the conventional thinking about primary industries and individuals.
For consumers, it will mean considering agricultural farming systems and their constraints as well as reflecting on new definitions of “value” when thinking about Australian grown products.