30 March 2022
The Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association (TFGA), the state's peak farming body, has a new President.
Mr Ian Sauer, a farmer from Pipers Brook, was elected President at the TFGA's Annual General Meeting in Launceston.
The new Vice President is Coal River Valley farmer Mr Andrew Beven.
Outgoing President Mr Marcus McShane has the role of acting Chief Executive Officer until the position is filled.
Mr Sauer said his focus would be on key issues affecting Tasmanian farmers including rural workforce shortages and rising input costs.
"We are committed to improving our advocacy for our members and enhancing rural partnerships," he said.
Engaging with the next generation of Tasmanian farmers, particularly in the dairy sector, was also
a high priority for the TFGA, he said.
"These men and women are our future and as an organisation we will be working as a team to better engage with younger farmers across the state," he said.
Mr Sauer said the TFGA would continue to lobby Federal representatives strongly in the interests of Tasmanian farmers in the lead up to the Federal election.
"At the same time we will be continuing our work on state based issues with the Liberal government," he said.
"We also will continue to work closely with local government and regional interest groups on issues affecting farmers."