Former Director, Executive Secretary and Recording Secretary
Although Russ grew up on his family’s farm in Herefordshire he left to study Civil Engineering at Cardiff University and to follow a different career. However, after a few years of office life and a stint of international travel he decided to return to full-time farming. He brought with him a string of off-farm skills and a passion for embracing the challenges of food production in the 21st century.
He helped to manage Caplor Farm, a 326ha (800 acre) mixed farm in Herefordshire for nearly two years, before taking the opportunity to become executive secretary for the Pasture-Fed Livestock Association.
He is very active in the Young Farmers movement both locally and nationally, where he is chairman of the Agricultural and Rural Issues (AGRI) steering group.
He writes in village magazines to help explain the work of farmers and sat on Defra’s Green Food Project Steering Group, which considered the actions required to improve the sustainability of the British food and farming industry.
Through the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) he actively participates in political activities at a European level, and is the UK and Ireland representative for Rural Youth Europe.
He recently featured in a film called ‘Tune for the Blood’, which follows the lives of eight young farmers over the course of a year as they look ahead to careers in rural Herefordshire.
Russ has also started a Transition Farming Movement in Herefordshire, which is using innovative methods to discover opportunities that can lead to sustainable practices and resilient communities.Contact Russ