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A former FMG Young Farmer Nigel Woodhead has helped to develop the new vision for the Agriculture, Food and Fibre Sector as an member of the Primary Sector Council. Mr Woodhead also runs a 400 hectare sheep and beef farm running 3500 stock units in Otago. Last week, the Primary Sector Council, Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern unveiled the new vision for the sector ‘’Fit for a Better World’’ which aims at making New Zealand a world leader in regenerative production systems, as well as providing global consumers with ethically produced products. Mr Woodhead was an observer member of the council for 12 months starting in 2017 before being asked to become a full member. Mr Woodhill believes the experience has been invaluable, with incredible networking opportunities and the chance to fight for farmers, being the only farmer on the council. Mr Woodhill reports that he is proud of the vision they created and sees a turning point for New Zealand and our primary sectors. Mr Woodhill emphasised the importance of young farmers in particular helping to make the vision a reality.
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