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Resignation of NFF Chief Executive

19 October 2010

NATIONAL Farmers’ Federation (NFF) President David Crombie today announced that NFF Chief Executive Ben Fargher has informed him of his decision to resign from the organisation.

“After almost six years as Chief Executive and 11 at the NFF, Ben has informed me and the NFF Board of his decision to step down,” Mr Crombie said.

“Due to a desire to facilitate a smooth transition to new leadership, Ben has indicated he will provide several months notice and assist a new President to establish office in November. The NFF Board will, therefore, put in place a process for appointing a new CEO with this timeframe in mind.

“I accept Ben’s resignation reluctantly as he is doing an outstanding job for the NFF, but I also understand his desire to explore new challenges and life after the NFF.

“Ben is passionate about agriculture and the NFF, and has made a huge contribution over many years. He will leave the NFF as a lifelong friend of the organisation and the NFF Board wishes to express its sincere thanks and best wishes to him and his family.”

Mr Fargher thanked David Crombie and all the NFF members for their support over many years.

“The NFF has been an enormous part of my life and this is a big decision for me, but having led a successful restructure of the organisation last year, given the excellent team we have in place and having strong and credible relationships established with all political parties in Canberra, I think now is a good time for me and for the organisation to put in place new management.

“I intend to stay involved in agriculture and explore opportunities in the agribusiness sector.

“I am enormously proud of the contribution I have made to the NFF and, through it, the farm sector. I believe in the organisation, the people that work for it, and its members around the country and I wish them all every success and good fortune in the future.”

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