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Former NFF President Recipient of Queen’s Honours

9 June 2015

Former National Farmers’ Federation President, Duncan Fraser was made a Member in the General Division (AM) for his significant service to primary industry, to professional associations, and to education and training.

“Duncan Fraser has been a passionate advocate and a dedicated member of the agricultural community and his contributions to Australian agriculture have been outstanding” said Mr Finlay.

Mr Fraser’s role as an agricultural representative began when he was elected president and secretary of the Hay branch of the LGPA, the precursor to the NSW Farmers’ Association. Since that time he held many executive positions within the Association, including places on the general council and committees for wool, sheepmeat, meat and livestock, education, workplace relations and conservation and resource management. He was the chair of Farmsafe NSW from 1999 to 2000 and the Vice President of the NSW Farmers’ Association from 2001 to 2003.

In November 2010, Mr Fraser was elected Vice-President of the NFF on 17 November 2010, and on 5 April 2013, he became President of the NFF when then President, Jock Laurie, stood down.

“Duncan was an integral part of the leadership of the NFF through a time of change, and dealt with significant and challenging issues for Australian agriculture. In his association with the NFF, Duncan advocated for farm sector profitability, food security, trade, farm safety, workplace relations and the needs of grass roots farmers right through to the whole of the supply chain. Duncan is well known both nationally and internationally, and is highly regarded for his professionalism, dedication and significant contributions to Australian agriculture.

“On behalf of the NFF Board, its Members and Staff, I congratulate Duncan Fraser, AM on this well-deserved honour” said Mr Finlay.

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