Yass sheep producer Carolina Merriman has been elected as the first female chair of the NSW Farmers Yass branch.
Ms Merriman replaced long-standing chair Ed Story, who stepped down to focus on his current role as president of Wool Producers Australia.
"I look forward to continue supporting the local farming community through the NSW Farmers branch, especially through this extended dry period," Ms Merriman said.
"I would also encourage more young farmers to join the branch and become active in its endeavours to promote local food and fibre production and have input into local issues."
Ms Merriman said local issues highlighted at the branch's last meeting included seeking a commitment from Yass Valley Council to ramp up practical actions on weed control and to raise awareness of Q fever in the community.
"Our Branch supports the work being done by NSW Farmers in lobbying for Q Fever vaccinations to be included in the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)."
The meeting featured the general manager of economics and trade at the National Farmers Federation, Dr Pru Gordon, who presented an informative and insightful update on the work being done around drought relief and preparedness, as well as international agriculture trade agreements.