National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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12 April 2017

Defra is encouraging and supporting NFYFC's regional agri discussion groups over the coming months to ensure that your voices are heard.

Why? To focus on your future vision of agricultural policy

What happens first?  Defra holds engagement events for everyone – these are the high level engagement events taking place from May to July across the country focused on the future vision of agricultural policy.

What happens for YFCs? YFC regional events, specifically focusing on young farmers’ issues, are currently being devised (dates and venues to be confirmed)

What now?

  • There’s a ‘warm-up’ discussion after the main AGRI Forum 2017 at Annual Convention with NFU Vice President Guy Smith, Agri Steering Group Chairman Harriet Wilson and NFU Next Generation Chairman Richard Bower on Saturday, 22 April at 12.45 pm, Riviera Centre, Torquay.
  • Make a date to attend as many of the Defra events listed as you and your YFC members can – it’s your future, make sure you have your say!
  • Keep an eye out for news of YFC regional discussion meetings on the NFYFC news page and from NFYFC’s social media posts.

To see all details, dates and venues for the Defra discussion groups, please see the invitation from Defra.

Event dates and venues 10:30am – 4:00pm

24 April 2017 (West) The Royal Bath and West Society, The Show Ground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset

2 May 2017 (North) National Agri-Food Innovation Campus (NAFIC), Lakeside Conference Centre York

8 May 2017 (Midlands) NFU Campus, Stoneleigh Park, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire

15 May 2017 (North West) Lancaster Conference Centre, Lancaster University, Lancaster

7 June 2017 (East) John Innes Centre, Research Institute, Norwich

19 June 2017 (South West) University of Exeter Business School, Streatham Court, Rennes Drive, Exeter

26 June 2017 (North East) Newcastle University, King’s Gate, Newcastle Upon Tyne

4 July 2017 (South East) University of Surrey, Guildford



05 April 2017

This is a the question third year Harper Adams University student and Cumbria FYFC member Sarah Kidd is focussing on for her dissertation research project.  She’s exploring the opportunities and challenges rising from Brexit and wants to hear your views. 

Just follow this survey link and share ten valuable minutes of your time to help Sarah with what promises to be a key piece of research. 


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