[4 July/Rural News]

Federated Farmers elected Karen Williams as its arable chairperson at its national conference. She would replace Guy Wigley who stepped down after three years in the role. She was the first woman to lead the Federation’s arable sector. She was previously a planner with the Greater Wellington Regional Council, and now runs her own consultancy business that specialises in resource management, facilitation, engagement and speaking on agri-environmental issues. She played a key role in securing government funding to develop a future focused cropping strategy for the Wairarapa, and worked to secure payments for growers impacted by the extended regional growth ban. Ms Williams said she would like to see an increased presence of the arable sector and that it had a lot to offer.