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21 April 2016

European young farmers share a high risk from volatility and the brunt of current low commodity prices but are on are on track with ideas for Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform.

Members of the European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA) gathered in Brussels this week to discuss the current market crisis with European industry and government representatives. Delegates questioned the effectiveness of the current CAP regarding volatility, European global competitiveness and input to the next CAP reform.

Tools to manage volatility, intermediary insurance schemes, biofuels and the environment were high on the agenda as well as hopes for new EU global markets and support from the European investment Bank for individual farmers.

Richard Bower, NFYFC and NFU Next Generation CEJA representative said: “It’s clear that European young farmers are discussing the same issues across the member states and we are focussed on CAP 2020. Our discussion provided a tangible exchange of thoughts among young farmers across the EU.

“We have previously discussed insurance policies but this was not the direction of travel suggested when we met Commissioner Hogan’s representatives last year. It shows how quickly policy can change and we are in a good position to shape our future.”

The National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs and the NFU Next Generation Forum members have entered into a new joint venture in sharing the membership representation on CEJA - The European Council of Young Farmers . This enables young farmers to attend pan-European working groups, seminars and conferences in a bid to influence policy makers and industry to put young farmers’ needs and aspirations high on their agenda.


11 April 2016

NFYFC chairman Chris Manley and Vice-chairman Edward Ford attended the Young Farmers Clubs of Ulster (YFCU) conference and AGM in Newtownards, Northern Ireland over the weekend.

They joined delegates from the Five Nations and members of YFCU to celebrate the years achievements and participate in a number of workshops. The highlight of the weekend was the Club of the Year competition followed by the AGM, which saw Roberta Simmons re-elected as President and James Speers continuing as Deputy President. 


07 April 2016

With support from Defra, Young Farmers joined conservation and farming experts to enhance their understanding and skills in precision arable farming at the Allerton Project, Loddington Leicestershire last week.

Dr Alistair Leake set the scene of global food production and population and gave a brief history of the last 20 years of precision farming.  Presenters included Davina Fillingham, a rural surveyor who’s business interests prompted her to study for a Nuffield scholarship in precision farming and Clive Blacker from Precision Decisions who highlighted scanning, yield mapping and took a look at tomorrow’s successful but sustainable farmers.
 

Phil Jarvis and Jim Egan explained how technology can aid both profitable food production and help protect our farmed environment and young farmers saw first-hand the machinery used and the results on the Loddington farm.


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