Farmer eyes top dairy job
Waikato Federated Farmers will elect a new president at its annual meeting on May 11 after Chris Lewis decided not to seek reelection.
Lewis has held the position for three years and was stepping down in part due to a convention within the organisation that elected members serve three years before retiring and to also allow for new people with fresh ideas to serve on the executive.
He said there was also a generational shift occurring in other provinces with more younger people being elected into positions within the organisation.
‘‘It’s the younger generation leading now and in every province you see, it’s a mix of old and young and there is some fresh and dynamic people coming through which is great to see.’’
He confirmed at least two people had put their names forward for the president’s role.
The meeting will also have Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy as its guest speaker.
Lewis is the vice-president of the federation’s dairy section and confirmed he has decided to seek the national dairy chairman or woman’s role which will be vacant with Andrew Hoggard stepping down after three years.
Hoggard has indicated he will seek the vice-president’s role occupied by Anders Crofoot.
Lewis said the environment, animal welfare, farm employment and new local government rules were the big issues that the organisation had to tackle over the past three years. ‘‘On a national scale there has been a lot of environmental issues.’’
‘‘It's the younger generation leading now.’’ Chris Lewis
Chris Lewis will not seek re-election as Waikato Federated Farmers president after three years in the role.