PILTON'S Frances Hayden has been recognised for being a passionate advocate of the future dairy industry.
She was one of the state's leaders awarded at last week's Queensland Rural Industry Training Awards in Brisbane which recognised the outstanding achievements of rural and remote practitioners in employment and training.
Minister for Technical and Further Education Saxon Rice MP presented the awards to the winners in eight categories.
The major award of the night, the Yvon Wigley Scholarship, was presented to Ms Hayden after the category award presentations.
The scholarship recognises QRITC's former executive officer Yvon Wigley for her contribution and passion for advancing vocational education and training in rural and remote Queensland.
In 2011 Ms Hayden completed her Certificate II and III, and in 2012 completed a Diploma of Agriculture with the Gatton Vocational Education Centre.
She has undertaken further industry studies through DairySage, LeadUp and Murray Dairy climate projects.
These skills allowed her to assume roles within the dairy community including her Local Dairy Network regional committee.
QRITC CEO Phil Stewart said finalists demonstrated the remarkable employment and training outcomes in rural and remote Queensland.
"This year's winners are fine examples of what dedication and a commitment to expanding education in the agricultural industry can achieve," Mr Stewart said.
Jandowae's Stuart Cockerill received the Production Horticulture award and Kathy Rabone of Gatton received the Amenity/Lifestyle Horticulture award.
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