"We will see major changes this year with the European parliament elections and a new commission team," he said.
"It is vital the NFU continues to build strong relationships with the decision makers in Brussels, with so many important issues on the horizon."
These included food-chain issues, environmental legislation, the EU budget and the Common Agricultural Policy. It is important to have a strong voice at the heart of Europe."
Meanwhile Padraig Walshe, president of the Irish Farmers' Association, was elected president of the organisation.