National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

30 December 2017

Check out NFYFC’s pick of some of the best things that happened in 2017 throughout the Federation and raise a cheer to a very successful year. Here’s to 2018! 

New look communications

At the start of the year a new look for the YFC Buzz was launched, followed by a new focus for the Ten26 magazine. Feedback has been positive so far with members loving the new approach to learning more from each other. 













New President

At the Annual Convention in Torquay, we welcomed Charlotte Smith – presenter on Farming Today and Countryfile – as NFYFC’s new President. Charlotte has already been helping to raise NFYFC’s profile – including writing a great article in the Sunday Telegraph about the organisation! 







Charitable status

At the Annual General Meeting in Torquay, members voted for NFYFC to progress with its move towards becoming a charity rather than a Friendly Society. The wheels are already in motion. 






Farm safety pledges 

NFYFC ran a successful campaign during Farm Safety Week in July to encourage YFCs to pledge to deliver the Farm Safety Curve module during the 2017/18 membership year. There were loads of online pledges to show the world how committed young farmers are to working more safely. Better still – so far 15 YFCs have delivered the training!







Growing Safer Farmers

Out of tragedy came a safety idea that could help to reduce the number of faulty PTO shafts. Devon Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs Growing Safer Farmers scheme is working with machinery dealers in the south west and has now extended to Essex with a view to being rolled out nationally. 











Community Service

NFYFC members put in more than 5,000 hours of community work through the Countryside Challenge, which was supported by Pears and the Cabinet Office. The campaign encouraged YFCs to start a community project and promote their good work. In return YFCs received £400 towards their projects or to help their club. 








Smart Farming Guide 

NFYFC launched a new business guide with Savills to help rural entrepreneurs. Visit 








Training rockets

More than 500 YFC members benefited from NFYFC Curve training from September to December – an increase of nearly 30% on the same time in 2016.









National Young Farmers’ Week (NYFW)

NYFW was an even bigger success this year with the number of new members up on the same time last year. Loads of clubs took part in the YFC Selfie competition, which was judged by NFYFC's Ambassador Chris Stark from BBC Radio 1 and President Charlotte Smith. Well done to the winning club Whitchurch YFC!









AGRI voice 

NFYFC ran a series of discussion groups in November and December to give YFC members the opportunity to share their views about a farming future post-Brexit with Defra. 

These are just NFYFC’s highlights but our YFCs have many of their own. Share your stories on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using #yfchighlights2017

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