A FORMER Shropshire farming student is in the running to be named National Farmers Union (NFU) vice-president.

Richard Bower, who is a Harper Adams alumni, is among five others nominated for the post and if successful in his vice-president candidacy, he would become the NFU’s youngest ever officeholder.

Richard said: "I want to become NFU vice-president to play a part in shaping our generation’s future. I believe I can complement an experienced president and deputy president to create a united, dynamic officeholder team at the NFU.

“This is an historic turning point for our country and our farming industry. The largest part of my farming career is in front of me, much like my generation.”

Richard studied BSc (Hons) Agri-food Marketing with Business studies and PgC Food and Fresh Produce Management. Since graduating, he has been named as one of Farmers Weekly’s Rising Stars and to find out more, see www.richard-bower.co.uk