The new ambassador of Australia’s agricultural development administration is set to take the reins from former Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce.
Australian farmers have been demanding a shakeup of the government’s agricultural department, with Joyce stepping down after a three-year term.
Joyce’s departure was first reported by the Australian Financial Review and later confirmed by Fairfax Media.
The Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food will replace Joyce, who is stepping down in March, and the new secretary is expected to take over from former chief executive Ian Ruggiero.
The department oversees Australian agricultural production, including the management of national and international markets for the country’s crops and livestock.
Joyce was Australia’s second ambassador to China after former ambassador John Graham in 2015.