FORMER Queensland AgForce Grains president and third-generation Darling Downs grain grower, Lyndon Pfeffer, died on Friday evening from injuries he received in a two-truck collision on December 27 on the Gore Highway not far from his family farm at Pampas.
Mr Pfeffer, who was driving one of the trucks, was critically injured when it was hit from behind by another truck.
The crash left the driver of the second truck severely injured and claimed the life of a seven-year-old boy who was a passenger.
Mr Pfeffer, who ran the family farm at Pampas between Pittsworth and Millmerran with his wife, Lyndelle, was AgForce Grains president from 2005 to 2010.
In 2012 he was named Queensland Grain Grower of the Year.
Immediate past AgForce Grains president, Wayne Newton, said Mr Pfeffer had been a significant leader in both his community and at state and national levels of the grains industry.
“During his time as AgForce Grains president we saw the restructure of national grains representation. Grains Council folded and he was there, along with the other states, negotiating the formation of Grain Producers Australia which has gone on to be one of the representative organisations,” he said.
“He was a significant farmer in his own right at Pampas. He was on some very nice country, but Lyndon was an exceptionally good farmer. Everything was done well.
“He also had an interest in research and development and hosted both winter and summer grain variety trials. That was a reflection of his interest in trying to farm better.”
AgForce general president Georgie Somerset said Mr Pfeffer’s leadership as Grains president did much to advance the interests of the industry, not just in Queensland but across the nation.
“His dedication and community spirit was demonstrated by the number of community organisations in which he was involved, and the enduring difference he made to the grain sector nationally,” Mrs Somerset said.
“His leadership of the Grains Industry Council led to the effective structures we currently work within. He contributed to many areas of the grains industry in an understated, thoughtful manner.
“The agricultural industry and rural communities rely on people stepping into leadership; Lyndon did this in a quiet and effective way and was widely respected for his contribution.
“He will be deeply missed by his family, his wide circle of friends and the Millmerran community, to which he gave so much of his time.”