Nominations are open for one farmer to join the DairyNZ board.
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Chair Jim van der Poel says DairyNZ is in a unique position to support farmers and to advocate on behalf of farmers to influence future policy changes.

DairyNZ chair Jim van der Poel says the past year has presented its own set of challenges for farmers and the sector, including workforce shortages, regulatory change and extreme weather events.

“Our farmers are currently the most sustainable milk producers in the world and have made significant progress to prepare for the future, but farmers are operating in a challenging climate,” Van der Poel said.

“DairyNZ is in a unique position to support dairy farmers with leading research and science, and to advocate on behalf of farmers to influence future policy changes.”

The DairyNZ board oversees DairyNZ’s strategy, which guides future investments into a range of programmes, including industry research and development; sustainable farming; promoting careers in dairy; advocating for farmers; and monitoring the strategy’s delivery.

Appointments to DairyNZ’s board apply for three years, with directors retiring by rotation.

This year, director Jacqueline Rowarth is retiring by rotation and will stand for  re-election.

DairyNZ is also inviting applications from farmers for one position on the directors’ remuneration committee, which independently sets the directors’ fees.

Both the board and the directors’ remuneration roles are open to current levy paying dairy farmers. Two current levy payers must nominate each candidate.

Nominations must be received by the returning officer by noon on Friday, September 3.

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