National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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18 July 2017

European young farmers elected a new President and four Vice Presidents to head up the European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA) at a General Assembly meeting in July. 

NFYFC member James Evans from Radnor FYFC was among the delegates at the event and saw Jannes Maes, a young dairy farmer from Belgium, be elected as the new CEJA President for the next mandate of 2017-19. James attended the event with Richard Bower, Chairman of the NFU Next Generation Forum, and tweeted from the event: "Looking forward to working with the new team at @_CEJA_ with @rich_bower helping the next generation! @NFYFC #nextgen."

Born in December 1991, Jannes Maes grew up on a Flemish farm (dairy cattle, sheep and arable crops) in Aalter, East of Flanders and has been passionate about agriculture and horticulture since childhood. He later attended secondary agricultural education and then obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture. Today, he works with his family in their dairy farm, cooperating with other farmers in collecting and processing their milk.

Mr Maes’s team will be made up of four Vice-Presidents including: Iris Bouwers from the Netherlands, actively farming in a mixed farm; Christoph Daun a dairy farmer from Germany; Tomáš Ignác Fénix a Czech farmer running an organic fruit family farm and Seán Finan a beef farmer from Ireland.

Mr Maes replaces outgoing President Alan Jagoe. He said: “I am honoured to be given the chance to lead CEJA in further putting the voice and challenges of young farmers in the debate. Together with a strong team, I will work towards clear positions, an open network and strengthened organisation. Building on previous achievements, these must lead to better and equal opportunities for all European young farmers.”

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