Two candidates have declared their intention to run for the position of Macra na Feirme President, Agriland has learned.

Odile Evans, the current Vice President and National Treasurer of the young farmers organisation declared her intention to run at a meeting in Co. Wicklow last night.

Evans, a graduate of Food and Agribusiness Management from UCD, hails from a dairy farm on the outskirts of Gorey, Co. Wexford and is well known in farming circles from her work as a journalist.

Meanwhile, Corkman James Healy has also declared his intention to run for one of the top jobs in Macra na Feirme.

At a Donoughmore Macra meeting last Friday, Healy declared his intention to run for the Macra Presidency after giving the role much consideration over the Christmas period.

Healy is an Associate Member on the Macra na Feirme National Council and has previously held the position of Cork County Chair.

Hailing from a small holding in Co. Cork, the well-known Corkman is employed as a production supervisor with an electronics company.

Sean Finan current holds the top position within the young farmers organisation, but his two year tenure is set to come to an end this spring.

This opens the way for the election of a new President in early April.

It is also understood that a number of candidates are set to express an interest in the three Vice-President roles in the coming days.