National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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22 February 2017


As discussed at Council weekend, the website to order clothing for Convention is now live and can be accessed here.

Remember that members will not be able to make orders for collection, therefore all clothing orders must be submitted by 7 April. 

20 February 2017

Young Farmers will be represented by radio and TV presenter Charlotte Smith when she takes on the role of President of The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) in April.

Charlotte, a freelance journalist who presents BBC radio 4’s Farming Today programme and is also a regular presenter on BBC1’s Countryfile, has been confirmed as the Federation’s President Elect. She will be officially elected as President at the Federation’s Annual General Meeting on 23 April in Torquay at the International Riviera Centre, during NFYFC’s Annual Convention weekend.

Charlotte was born and brought up in the Leicestershire village of Quorn and is keen to raise awareness of the issues surrounding rural isolation and the impact this can have on young people.

After working in local radio, regional TV and as a news journalist for BBC TV and radio, a conversation in a lift led her into rural affairs. 

Charlotte Smith said: “NFYFC is an organisation I have always been really impressed with – especially as it teaches young people how to talk! Pretty much the youth service in rural Britain is YFCs. It is the local youth club for lots of people and it’s really important – especially for combating isolation issues.  

“I’m not young and I’m not a farmer but I am someone who is involved in agriculture on a day-to-day basis. As President, I hope to bring a fresh pair of eyes, my experience and a bit of a sense of humour to the organisation. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun!”

Charlotte is married with two children, aged 10 and 12 and lives in London but regularly escapes to the countryside with her work commitments.

NFYFC Chairman Ed Ford said: “We are so excited that Charlotte Smith has agreed to be our next President. Many of us are avid listeners to Farming Today and so are already familiar with Charlotte’s fabulous work reporting on agriculture and rural issues.

“It’s an exciting time to be part of our Federation as we are keen to make our voices heard about rural and agricultural issues that affect young people. I think we have a lot to learn from Charlotte on how we can best do this and we’re looking forward to having such a prominent person from the industry at the Federation’s helm.”

Poul Christensen has served as President of NFYFC for the past four years and will hand over his role to Charlotte Smith at the Annual General Meeting in Torquay.


19 February 2017

For the first time in six years the Chairman of The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) is an ‘active’ farmer and will lead the organisation during a challenging year in the industry post-Brexit.  

Edward Ford, 26, a member of Chelmsford Young Farmers’ Club in Essex was elected unanimously by members at the Council meeting on 19 February in Coventry. Ed, along with his father, mother and brother, manages a 1500 acre family farm in south Essex, cropping both winter and spring combinable crops.

He will be supported in his role by self employed livestock worker Lynsey Martin from Ashford and District YFC in Kent who will serve a second year as Vice Chairman. Katie Hall from Gloucester YFC in Gloucestershire takes on the role of the second Vice Chairman alongside her full time job as a calf nutritionist and Regional Sales Representative for Bonanza Calf Nutrition.

The trio take on their roles at a critical time for the industry as negotiations and discussions continue about a future British Agricultural Policy. As members who live and work in the countryside the top team have also first-hand experience of the cuts to rural services over recent years and are keen to raise awareness of the impact this has on rural young people and promote the benefits of YFC membership.

During his year as Chairman, Edward plans to be the voice for rural young people and ensure Young Farmers are heard by Government.

Edward Ford, National Chairman of NFYFC, said: “I know how much it means to members to have an active farmer at the helm of the Federation during these uncertain times and I will do my best, along with the rest of the officer team, to ensure Young Farmers’ views are heard at the highest level.

“We’re not just an organisation for young people involved in farming – we offer support and a social life to all young people in the countryside and I am eager to promote how fantastic it is to be a member of this great organisation. Luckily I have an understanding family and team on the farm at home who understand I’ll have a few more commitments this year!” 
Edward is also a trustee of the charity Forage Aid and played a key role in the setting up of the charity following his involvement in supplying forage to the Somerset Levels in February 2014.

The team will be responsible for leading the Federation’s Council, encouraging members of the Council to continue the development of the clubs that make up the NFYFC, to help them to meet the needs of YFC members and further enhance the image of YFC.

More than 100 members gathered in Coventry over the weekend to pass motions that affect the running of the organisation and to elect the new Council. Five steering groups represent the views of the members and include: Competitions; Events and Marketing; Personal Development, Agriculture and Rural Issues and the Youth Forum. 

The National Council is made up of 63 members, associate members and co-options from across England and Wales and is elected by YFC members to represent their views. Through steering groups, the National Council also decide and shape the programmes of work at NFYFC - planning events, competitions, campaigns and training for members.

 Elections also took place for the five Steering Groups and the new Chairs and Vice Chairs are as follows:

Agriculture and Rural Issues Steering Group: Chairman: Harriet Wilson, Staffordshire FYFC Vice Chairman: James Hutchinson, Wiltshire FYFC

Competitions Steering Group: Chairman: Rachel Parker, Lancashire FYFC Vice Chairman: Fay Thomas, Herefordshire FYFC 

Events and Marketing Steering Group: Katie Hall, Gloucestershire FYFC, Vice Chair:Ben Cavill, Cornwall FYFC

Personal Development Steering Group: Chairman: Laura Sumner, Lancashire FYFC, Vice Chairman: George Goodwin, Staffordshire FYFC

Youth Forum: Chairman: Thomas Oatey, Cornwall FYFC, Vice Chairman Rachel Black 


14 February 2017

 

February highlights how your YFC democracy works for you!

Hot on the heels of your YFC area meetings, your elected NFYFC Council reps are heading to Warwickshire this weekend for the first 2017 Council meeting.

This is where there’s a two-way exchange of ideas, feedback and plans for future events. A new Council format is being trialled to further improve communications for Council and YFC members. Elections take place for steering group officers on the Saturday of Council and then national office-holder elections on Sunday.  Ed Ford, Lynsey Martin and Katie Hall are national office-holder elects for the 2017/18 YFC year. Below are some short profiles on each office-holder elect.

 

Nominee for Chair of of NFYFC Council 2017


Ed Ford
 

  

 






Member of:  Chelmsford YFC, part of the Essex County Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs.

Occupation:  Farmer

If elected, Ed's plans are: 

  • To re-visit Farm Safety and work with the Five Nations alongside Yellow Wellies to spread the reach of the campaign.
  • To continue to build greater links between NFYFC and NFU.
  • To ensure that Forage Aid works closer with NFYFC and to make sure that Young Farmers are at the core of any future relief efforts.
  • To ensure that NFYFC Board of Management and Council champion the needs of NFYFC's membership.

 

Nominee for Vice Chair of of NFYFC Council 2017


Lynsey Martin
 

 

  

 





Member of:  Ashford and District Young Farmers' Clubs, part of the Kent Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs.

Occupation:  Self-Employed Livestock worker

If elected, Lynsey's plans are: 

  • Promoting agriculture as a viable career to young people.
  • Educating people about where their food comes from.
  • Giving young farmers the skills and tools to effectively run their YFC Clubs.

 


 

Nominee for Vice Chair of of NFYFC Council 2017


Katie Hall

 

  

 





Member of:  Gloucester YFC club, part of the Gloucestershire County Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs.

Occupation:  Regional Sales Manager/ Calf Nutritionist

If elected, Katie's plans are: 

  • Create links with city farms and improve awareness of agriculture awareness in urban areas.
  • Investigate creation of a weekly or monthly radio show or podcast, increasing awareness of the year's hashtag and National Young Farmers' Week 2017.
  • Promote YFC Travel, making sure that members take advantage of the experiences available to them.



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