Sam Archer (left) and Peter Carter have resigned from NSW Farmers.
NSW Farmers president Fiona Simson told ABC radio their resignations came as a shock and a surprise and there had been no indication Mr Carter or Mr Archer had concerns.
“We regret very much to have received these resignations, they came as quite a surprise and quite a shock,” Ms Simson said.
She denied the organisation had financial problems, saying it would deliver a better than expected budget, and said there were no management problems.
“The board has not had any tabled concerned from either; we weren’t aware of any issues.”
She said the reason cited in their letters was that they had lost confidence in the leadership team.
“I guess if they are part of the board, they are part of the leadership.
“We don’t want to be talking about inner politics, we want to be talking about issues that are important for farmers.”
She also denied there was dissent over NSW Farmers’ moderate response to the NSW Government’s shake up of agricultural services or other government policies such as strategic land use or native vegetation.
The Land has been unable to contact Mr Carter or Mr Archer.
NSW Farmers has this morning appointed Pottinger District Council chair Angela Martin to its board.
Ms Martin, Mulalley, has been a member of the Pottinger District Council since 2005 and has served on the NSW Farmers economics and rural affairs committees.
"I look forward to working with the board, president and management team, to represent our members, promote agriculture in NSW and help tackle the many challenges our industry is facing," she said in a statement this morning.