The new farmer at the reins of the region’s NFU association is looking to engage younger people from the rural community during his two year tenure.
Richard Harris takes over as NFU chairman in Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland from today.
Richard, an arable and sheep farmer from Overstone Grange, near Moulton in Northampton will be one of NFU’s two representatives on the NFU’s ruling body, Council, for two years.
Mr Harris said he wanted to emphasise the importance of NFU members to the organisation.
He said: “NFU members may not think it themselves, but they are the backbone of the NFU and we need to encourage many more to be involved, in whatever way they can.
“I want to ensure that farmers understand fully what the NFU can bring to their businesses and how important farmers’ views are to the NFU, in return.
“NFU involvement goes in cycles and one of my aims during my two years as chairman is to bring our younger farmers into closer contact with their NFU.
“Farmers in their twenties and early thirties are involved in running their own farm businesses, so we need to engage more fully with them.”
Mr Harris intends to explore using social media like Twitter and Facebook to engage more people.
He is taking over from Andrew Brown, of Caldecott.