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25 May 2016

The Land Partnership Service opens on 1st June to help forge future rural and agricultural business opportunities. 

The bespoke service has been developed to draw together entrepreneurs looking for innovative ways of working with land owners, business owners or land agents with an opportunity or land to offer. The initiative aims to fill a gap and enable new businesses to thrive with new agreements forged between like minded individuals who just need a means of tracking down the right business partner.

“This service works for those trying to find an ‘in’ to business and those considering and offering a business venture,” says Russell Carrington, National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) representative for the Fresh Start Land Partnership advisory board.

“The concept is simple, but as with all schemes, the devil’s in the detail hence some very considered research and a pilot to ensure the new service runs smoothly.  If you’re a Young Farmer looking for a business opportunity or an established business offering an opportunity, you can register your interest and explore future prospects.

“Many Young Farmers feel the need for help matching a business expectation with an available opportunity. We welcome the launch and future business ventures.”

Young Farmers can register their interest for free now by using the Fresh Start Land Partnership Contact Us page and leaving your details, and read on for further background information on the service.


25 May 2016

The National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs (NFYFC) is calling on all of its members, who are eligible to do so, to vote in the EU Referendum on Thursday 23rd June. With two weeks before registration to vote closes (7th June), Young Farmers are being urged to ensure they are registered and have their say on a topic which heavily affects the future of the agricultural industry and the future of Britain.

While the Federation itself is completely neutral and does not lobby for either campaign in this referendum, it does encourage robust fact-finding, discussion and debate to ensure that YFC members make an informed decision when voting. 

An EU Referendum debate was held at the NFYFC's Annual Convention on Saturday 7th May, where hundreds of members debated the subject and expressed how they would be voting. With a 50:25:25 split in the audience, half of members wanted to stay in the EU, and the remaining split between out and undecided, members were keen to get their opinions heard.

Sam Dilcock, chairman of NFYFC’s AGRI steering group, said the EU offered British farmers stability and security, adding: “It’s better the devil you know.”

Laura Graham from Escrick YFC, Yorkshire, said she felt British farmers would be worse off outside the EU because of the lack of unity among British farmers compared with other member states. She said French farmers were much better at working together and protesting to get change.

“If we are not going to work for ourselves, at least let the French work for us.”

However, new entrant Charlotte Johnston said she supported the leave campaign because she believed it would create a level playing field for those starting out in farming.

She added: “As a new entrant, I feel my business would have more opportunities if we left the EU. At the moment, I’m competing against farmers who have subsidy but because I rent grassland I can’t claim it. I think it would allow me to increase production, access more land and become more competitive. I have got concerns with trade, but for me it’s worth the risks.”

Click here to register to vote on 23rd June: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. You have until 7th June to register.


18 May 2016

In partnership with the Canal & Rivers Trust, the NFYFC has organised a practical hands-on one-day training event for the Countryside Challenge on Saturday 11th June in Yorkshire.

The event is open to members aged 16 and above. You will learn about the factors involved in the planning stage and delivery of a Countryside Challenge Project so you can confidently lead your own project. 

This training will take place at Naburn Locks, Naburn, York, YO19 4RU.  

Click on the below link for more information.

Practical Planning Day


17 May 2016

NFYFC will be joining the British Wool Marketing Board (BWMB) stand at the National Sheep Association’s Sheep Event, Malvern on July 27.  This continues the longstanding association between NFYFC and BWMB and we look forward to welcoming YFC members and visitors.

Up-to-date BWMB information is now available for commentators of sheep/shearing sections at agricultural shows, YFC events and general interest.

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