A NORTHUMBERLAND Young Farmer has taken up an officer role in the national organisation for the first time.

Ed Dungait, who served as chairman of Northumberland Young Farmers in 2019, has been appointed vice-chairman of the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC).

It’s believed to be the first time someone from the county has taken on an officer role within the national organisation.

Ed, from Morpeth, was elected during the NFYFC Council meeting on Sunday, February 16 at the Quality Hotel in Coventry, following a contest between three members for the two vice-chairmen roles.

The 27-year-old arable farmer from Morpeth has been a member of Tritlington Young Farmers’ Club (YFC) for 11 years.

Ed said he was looking forward to using his enthusiasm to good use around the country.

He said: “I am really excited to be the new vice-chairman of the one of the largest rural youth organisations in the UK.

“I have had a lot of success encouraging members at club and county level to get more involved so I would like to continue to do this at a national level too.

“I have enthusiasm in abundance and I am looking forward to getting around the country and helping to build more unity across the organisation. I will be proud to support this over the next year to ensure YFC remains relevant for young rural people today and in the future.”