a union of farmers to a federation for farmers
Federated Farmers has evolved over many years and is the product of farming families and leaders with passion, drive and commitment to campaign for and support both rural communities and the agricultural industry.
The Federation's roots go back to 18 September 1899, with the first meeting of the New Zealand Farmers' Union.
The New Zealand Farmers' Union joined with the Sheepowners' Federation to form Federated Farmers of New Zealand Inc in 1945.
In 2005 Federated Farmers celebrated 60 years as the voice of New Zealand farming but its roots go back longer and deeper.
For an excellent introduction to our history, please click here for the Encyclopedia of New Zealand.