Katrina Sasse is a 2017 Nuffield Australia Scholar from south-Western Australia, working alongside her parents Richard and Bernadette, on their 8,210 hectare family farm “Leichhardt Fields” growing wheat, canola and lupins. Katrina is one of three daughters who grew up on a farm and started a career in Agriculture. She graduated from University of Western Australia in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science - Agricultural Economics (Honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing & Management) and spent one year of study abroad at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. Katrina held an Analyst role in Corporate Agribusiness at National Australia Bank and developed financial and business skills before returning home to the family farm.
Katrina was a 2017 finalist in the Western Australia Young Achiever Awards and semi-finalist in the Western Australia Regional Achievement and Community Awards for her passion and enthusiasm for her Nuffield topic. She is busy promoting daughters in family farming while she completes her scholarship, particularly on social media (#daughtersinag) to inform the Agricultural sector about perspectives from daughters. Katrina just turned 30 and together with her sister Betty-Lou, will be working toward keeping the family farm heritage alive. Katrina was invited by Nuffield International and the International Agri-Food Network to panel a discussion on ‘Youth in Agriculture’ at the Agriculture and Food Day on 13 July 2017 during the United Nations High-Level Political Forum. She is very keen to share insights from her travels abroad, and her scholarship research.