Victoria’s David Jochinke has been elected as the new National Farmers Federation president
Australia’s peak farming body has a new president.
Victorian grain and livestock producer David Jochinke has been elected president of the National Farmers Federation, stepping up from the vice-president role he has held for the past six years.
He replaces Fiona Simson, who retired from the position after seven years at the NFF’s helm.
“I want to thank the members for trusting me to lead the NFF at such an important moment,” Jochinke says.
“Australian agriculture has so much opportunity ahead of it as we continue striving for our $100 billion vision.
“But right now, we’re also facing enormous challenges – from a difficult season in many parts of the country, to a trying policy environment in Canberra.
“I look forward to working hard for farmers across Australia to give them a say on the issues facing the sector.”
Jochinke is from Murra Murra in western Victoria and was also the president of that state’s Farmers Federation between 2016 and 2020, a role he shared alongside the NFF vice-presidency.
His step up meant the NFF vice-president’s position also became vacant, and that has now been taken by John Hassall, a farmer from East Pingelly in Western Australia.
Another new face in a leadership position at NFF is Queensland cotton producer Hamish McIntyre, who has been elected as a director.
Simson stepped down from the presidency after reaching her maximum two-term limit, during which time she spearheaded the NFF’s push for $100 billion in farmgate output by 2030.
“Fiona leaves an incredible legacy that will resonate for years to come,” Jochinke says.
“She’s left nothing on the table, and her considered, collaborative and engaging leadership has left farmers everywhere in a far stronger position.
“I thank her for the partnership we’ve had during our time together at the NFF and wish her, Ed and their family all the best for their next chapter.
“I also acknowledge the other candidates who nominated for the position, who are both talented and passionate advocates who’ll continue to play a critical role within the NFF.”