Young Farmer in the running for top European position

A Young Farmer from Herefordshire in on course to become one of the main representatives of young people living in rural areas across Europe.

Russell Carrington, of Hereford YFC, is standing unopposed for the election of chairman of Rural Youth Europe (RYE) at their general assembly on 4th August.

Founded in 1957, RYE functions as an umbrella for youth organisations working to promote and activate young people in the countryside. It provides international training possibilities and works as an intermediary between national organisations, youth organisations and public institutions on an European level. Today, RYE represents 500,000 young people across 18 countries and 20 member organisations, including NFYFC.

Russell has taken on many roles within NFYFC, including chairman of the AGRI Steering Group in 2014. He was also a RYE board member from 2013 – 2015 representing the UK and Ireland member organisations. He has also participated in organising rallies and seminars, including the Autumn Seminar 2013 hosted by England/NFYFC.

Russell said the main reason he was running for chairman was “to give something back after gaining so much from the YFC movement” He said: “I am also looking forward to the leadership challenge, to work with a great team, to create a better future for young people from the countryside and to make a difference.

“The UK’s decision to leave the European Union has left many people wondering what this means for Rural Youth Europe. However, there is every enthusiasm for the UK young farmer organisations to stay a part of this unique and vital European Network, despite the forthcoming political changes.

“Change can be a good thing: a chance to freshen up, take a new direction and reflect on what is really valuable to us.

“Clearly, this European platform, and the network it supports, is important to grass-roots members. If elected I intend to work hard over the next two years to strengthen the relationship between British young farmer organisations and their European counterparts because there is great value in remaining as a wide and inclusive European platform, regardless of political boundaries. After all, the original Rural Youth Europe organisation which included the UK organisations existed before the European Union itself.”

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