National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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31 January 2017


 If you were at last year’s NFYFC AGRI Forum in Blackpool, you’ll remember listening to supply chain expert Professor Jan Godsell.  Since then, funding has been secured from Defra and we’re ready to run not only a pilot training session, but also invite participants to input ideas for a future online global training module.

Professor Godsell said: “The industry is on the cusp of change. It is increasingly recognised that an end-to-end supply chain approach is required so that food can be supplied at lowest possible cost, with minimum waste, ensuring a fair return to all. It’s essential that all young farmers have an understanding of supply chains and the types of business models they can adopt to remain competitive.”

If you are considering your future career, starting up an agricultural or rural business or running one already – put March 7, 2017 in your diary and book your place. 

23 January 2017

Your European Council of Young Farmers’ (CEJA) representatives are gearing up for talks this week with MEPs and fellow European young farmers.

Travelling to a joint European Network for Rural Development (ENRD) and CEJA workshop in Brussels on January 25-26, they will help to push forward CEJA’s agenda of generational renewal. 

Richard Bower is set to highlight his family business’ LEADER project for support to embrace the complete strip tillage system.

Richard said: “I’m fine-tuning my presentation to demonstrate how changing our cultivation technique from conventional ploughing to minimum till in 2005 has produced a reduction in fuel costs and an improvement in soil structure. The strip tillage system and the incorporation of relevant machinery is the next step for our business. This will help to further reduce input costs, reduce green house gases and continue to improve our soils for future generations.

I look forward to sharing my farming and project experience with fellow young farmers and despite the forthcoming change in future policy, hope such examples will be examined thoroughly by our own domestic policy makers.”

The workshop will help to share good practice by highlighting: practical examples of supporting generational renewal by sharing knowledge; identifying how interlinked Rural Development Programme (RDP) measures are being used and identifying further co-operation between the National Rural Networks (NRNs) and young farmers.

10 January 2017

An online workshop offering advice on succession planning for a farming business has been launched on NFYFC’s YouTube channel.

The six videos involve professional advice from succession expert Sian Bushell who is in conversation with NFYFC’s AGRI Steering Group Chairman Sam Dilcock.

Sian offers advice on how young farmers can broach the subject of succession in their family, as well as advice on forward planning, professional fees and where to find further advice.

Sam, who interviewed Sian for the videos at a Council meeting last year, said: “Succession is still a major issue for many young farmers involved in a family business. It can be a very sensitive topic but Sian helps to explain how to tackle the subject with a business-head. I learnt a lot from the conversation so I hope other members find the videos useful too.”

The videos are available to watch and share from NFYFC’s YouTube channel so please share them online. You can also watch the full series below.

09 January 2017

Leaders from the four devolved nations of young farmers’ associations joined forces last week at the 2017 Oxford Farming Conference to discuss the impact of Brexit.

Representatives from the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs, The Scottish Association of Young Farmers’ Clubs, The Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster, and Cymru Wales Young Farmers’ Clubs will produce a policy document outlining the shared priorities for rural young people across the United Kingdom.

The future policy needs of each organisation’s members will be collected and collated, with a final report due to be published on the first anniversary of the Brexit vote.

Commenting on the group’s formation, Chairman of the group Edward Ford said: “Now more than ever, the United Kingdom’s rural youth must pull together to have their voices heard loud and clear. We want to send a strong message to our elected officials that the next generation are clear in what they need to have strong and competitive businesses as we move further into Brexit.”


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