National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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28 September 2016

The EU Referendum result in June has triggered a time of consultation for a future British agricultural policy. The NFYFC Agriculture and Rural Issues steering group (AGRI) are holding an on-line consultation which will be available for members and non-members so that all interested parties can take part.

We want to capture the thoughts, concerns and wishes of the YFC membership, as well as the thoughts of potential members and those who might support young people in farming.

In addition, AGRI is also holding a ‘Know Your Future Market’ forum on 1 October to capture further input from young farmers and supporters. A programme of the day's events can be found here.

The NFU will be holding extensive Brexit meetings across the country for its members. Being or becoming a NFU Students & Young Farmers member ensures you can attend these important and useful meetings and have your say in the consultation. To become a NFU Students & Young Farmers member email your contact details to membership@nfu.org.uk.

Collaboration is a key theme for NFYFC AGRI and we look forward to working with industry groups to ensure that our voices are heard and that we help shape a vibrant future British agricultural policy.


23 September 2016

Today (23rd September) marks the final weekday of National Young Farmers’ Week.

As part of the NFYFC’s (National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs) Recruitment & Retention campaign (sponsored by the Rural Youth Trust), each weekday of “National Young Farmers’ Week” consists of a theme relating to the amazing experiences and opportunities that come with being a YFC member.

This week, a lot of subjects have been discussed about why being a Young Farmer is so great. But for many YFC members, there is one significant reason why they sign up – for the pure enjoyment of being a Young Farmer. And that’s what today’s theme is all about – social and leisure.

For many young people, growing up in a rural area and spending many hours working on a farm can be a lonely experience. That is why YFCs, with their strong support networks, are so important to the well-being of young people in rural areas. Signing up as a YFC member gives those affected by rural isolation the chance to meet new people and take part in new and enjoyable social experiences.

YFC members are renowned for enjoying an active and dynamic social life. These can range from bowling nights with some close YFC friends, to the NFYFC’s Annual Convention, which sees over 6,000 Young Farmers from all over the country to get together for one almighty party.

One Young Farmer who has benefited from an improved social life as a result of signing up, is Matt Voakes of Tadcaster & Wetherby YFC, Yorkshire.

Matt said: “Before Young Farmers, I went out to see friends from school, but I wouldn’t see them that often because they weren't from agriculture. They didn't realise it would be late when I got to see them and a lot of my friends went off to university so they weren't back home that often.

 “YFC has transformed my social life massively because a lot of us are in the same jobs, we all know roughly when we will finish work and even if you’re tired, you always find time to meet up, or go to a YFC party if there's one on. If I'm not working, I'll be out with friends from YFC, whether it be a trip to a show or a bit of clay pigeon shooting on a Sunday afternoon. I've met so many people through YFC that I would have never have met without it.”

Next year’s NFYFC Annual Convention will take place at the Riviera International Conference Centre from 21st – 23rd April 2016. Tickets will be available to buy soon.


22 September 2016

Today (22nd September) is day 4 of “National Young Farmers’ Week” – a week celebrating all things Young Farmers.

As part of the NFYFC’s (National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs) Recruitment & Retention campaign (sponsored by the Rural Youth Trust), each weekday of “National Young Farmers’ Week” consists of a theme relating to the amazing experiences and opportunities that come with being a YFC member.

One of the key things that ex-YFC members reflect upon about their time as a Young Farmer is how YFC has helped them develop as a person.

And today’s theme is about exactly that - training and development. NFYFC offers a huge range of training and development opportunities to help Young Farmers brush up their skills or learn something completely new that can help them as individuals, as well as their YFC.

In recent years, NFYFC has developed some fantastic resources, such as The Curve and The Source to help members realise their full potential. Not only that, thanks to the NFYFC’s Countryside Challenge initiative, YFCs can help with the personal development of their members – and earn cash for their club!

Rachel Tattersall, of Market Bosworth YFC, Leicestershire, got her club involved in the Countryside Challenge, by completing a 192-mile Coast to Coast walk for charity.

Rachel said: “The Coast to Coast challenge was to raise money for the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance. Not only were we raising money for a vital cause, as a lot of YFCs do, but we were showing how our club was catering activities to all age groups from 10 to 26 and helping our members develop new skills like map reading, team working, self- motivation and nutrition for prolonged activities.

“Since joining YFC, I have been able to further develop time management skills. Combining a pressured full-time job, being club treasurer and trying to plan the Coast to Coast walk took a lot of organisation and hard work.

“Being a Young Farmer gives you access to loads of different activities, courses and grants, that help develop important skills such as team working, communication and self-confidence. These skills go a long way to helping members with their studies, jobs and as senior members running clubs. All members should be taking advantage of these opportunities.”

For further information about how YFC can help you with training and development, visit www.nfyfc.org.uk/developmentandtraining.


21 September 2016

We are approaching the halfway stage of “National Young Farmers’ Week” and YFCs all over the country have been celebrating their club and everything that is great about being a Young Farmer.  As part of the NFYFC’s (National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs) Recruitment & Retention campaign (sponsored by the Rural Youth Trust), each weekday of “National Young Farmers’ Week” consists of a theme relating to the amazing experiences and opportunities that come with being a YFC member.

Today’s theme for “National Young Farmers’ Week” (21st September) is competitions. From singing to stockjudging, competitions have been at the heart of YFC for years.

Not only are competitions a brilliant motivator for club members to have a go at something new and broaden their experiences, they are also a fantastic tool for counties and clubs to meet their charitable objectives of promoting education and learning.

Each year the NFYFC competitions programme includes a mix of traditional rural and agricultural activities, sport, art, life and vocational skills, as well as competitions that help develop public speaking talents - for which YFC members have become renowned.

Since she joined Tewkesbury YFC, Gloucestershire, eight years ago, Steph Watkins has been a regular participant in club, county and national competitions. From public speaking to flower arranging, Steph has done it all!

“Back in 2008 (my first year of Young Farmers), I was asked to do the junior flower arranging. To my surprise I won at our county Rally, then again at the Royal Three Counties. I then competed at the National finals and came fourth. That experience gave me confidence and showed me that if you try something, you never know what you can achieve. Every year since, I have done the flower arranging and this experience gave me the push to try something new like public speaking.

“It’s not just the winning; you are always competing for a team or representing your club, county or area when you participate in a competition. Over the years I have learnt to sew, cook, stockjudge and so much more. Every time you compete you learn something new, from other competitors, to judges and your own thoughts that can help you improve your performance next time.

“I still get butterflies every time I compete! If I said I wasn’t competitive I’d be lying. Being competitive drives you to do well and give it your best and you could even surprise yourself.

“Young Farmers has played a big part in my life for many years, helping me gain so much confidence within myself but allowing me to grow more each day. It has opened many opportunities for me, making me the person I am today.  My life within Young Farmers is now changing, as I want to give back what it has given me. I am now taking on leadership duties as club chairman and hope to be county chairman in a few years. This is down to the confidence I’ve gained from competing over the years.”

The 2016/17 NFYFC competitions programme will be available on our website next week, where you will see a full list of the competitions that are on offer to Young Farmers. Simply go to www.nfyfc.org.uk/competitions for further information.


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