[7 June/Rural Life]

New Zealand Young Farmers Chief Executive, Terry Copeland, is set to take over as Federated Farmers’ new boss next month and admitted dealing with the ongoing impact of Mycoplasma bovis would be difficult. He said he was looking forward to his new challenge. He added he had a real passion for mental wellness and health which he planned to bring to the role. Mr Copeland noted there would be a lot of challenges as the nature of farming was at stake and he was keen to be involved with grassroots farmers. He added farmers had a lot of conflicting information on a range of factors including the science.  He also expects to be looking at ways farmer’s messaging could be more effectively portrayed in the media. He served five years with NZYF. Mr Copeland would remain in Canterbury, but he planned to spend four days a week in Wellington.