It has a network of 24 provinces and seven industry groups. Federated Farmers provides a locally based, democratic organisation that lobbies on farming issues both nationally and within each province. Membership to the organisation is voluntary and currently has over 26,000 members.
Federated Farmers became the New Zealand Farmers Union in 1902.
Conor English became CEO of the organisation in July 2008
- Charlie Pedersen
- Don Nicholson (resigned in June 2011 to stand for the ACT party in the general election)
- Bruce Wills (2011 - present)
2008 general election manifesto
Federated Farmers released a manifesto before the 2008 New Zealand general election. They state that the three major themes of the manifesto are: farming as an economic backbone for New Zealand, sustainability, and farming for generations.
- Federated Farmers Manifesto - Election 2008