Rick Powdrell is Federated Farmers newly elected chairperson for its Meat & Fibre executive and is consequently also elected to the Federation’s board.
Outgoing Meat & Fibre chair Jeanette Maxwell congratulated Powdrell, who had been her vice-chairman for the last year, on the new appointment.
Powdrell has been with the Federation since 1986 and has been farming for 34 years. He said he was thrilled to accept the nomination.
“The meat and fibre industry is set to face increasing regulation and I believe to take ‘the team’ forward we need to collaborate across stakeholder groups.
“Sheep and beef farmers are the grass roots of this country and we have many facets that we can build on through both the meat and fibre industries,” says Powdrell, adding that in order for them to do this, farmers need to know where they are going, what they want to achieve and to have confidence in the sector.
“We have a powerful and valuable industry, which is forecast by the Ministry for Primary Industries to reach $8 billion this year. To see greater returns, there needs to be better communication and understanding within the industry. We also need farmers to better engage as the future of the industry hinges on the grass roots getting stuck in.”
Feds new Meat & Fibre executive will continue to play a key part in making that happen, he promises. Members are confirmed as: vice-chair Sandra Faulkner, Chris Irons who was re-elected and two new members Michael Salvesen and Miles Anderson.