President, National Farmers Federation
In 2016, Fiona Simson was elected President of the National Farmers’ Federation, the first woman in NFF’s history to hold the role. Fiona is a farmer from the Liverpool Plains in NSW where she, husband Ed and family run a mixed farming enterprise including broad acre farming and breeding commercial poll Hereford cattle. With tertiary qualifications in business, education and skills, Fiona is passionate about local food production and the growth and sustainability of rural and regional Australia. Fiona has held leadership roles in local government and was the first female president of the NSW Farmers’ Association and is currently a director of NRMA (NSW), the Australian Made Campaign Ltd, AgStewardship Australia and the Australian Farmers Fighting Fund.
Combining production and conservation – enhancing the potential for biodiversity conservation in our farming systems
Australian farmers are at the frontline of delivering environmental outcomes on behalf of the Australian community, owning, managing and caring for 61 percent of Australia’s land mass. As part of this custody, the agricultural sector is continually striving to change their farming practices in order to improve farm productivity and the condition of natural capital. […]