NSW mixed farmer and grazier Fiona Simson has been elected president of the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) at the organisation’s annual general meeting held in Canberra on Thursday.
Ms Simson is based on the Liverpool Plains where she, husband Ed and family run a mixed farming enterprise including broad acre farming as well as breeding commercial poll hereford cattle.
She becomes the first female president of the NFF in its 37-year history, having previously become the first woman to lead the NSW Farmers’ Assocation from 2011 to 2015.
“It is an honour and privilege to represent Australian farmers at the national level and to be elected as the NFF’s first female president,” she said.
“To me, it’s a great acknowledgement that women contribute tremendously on farm, along the value chain and increasingly as thought leaders and public advocates for agriculture. My focus will be on developing and advocating for policy that makes farmers better off – not just in terms of what they produce but also reaping the rewards of any increases in value along the food and fibre supply chain.”
Ms Simson paid tribute to outgoing president Brent Finlay.