National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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19 August 2016

Current and former members of the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) will be paying tribute to the YFC movement at the second annual National Young Farmers’ Week.

Following the success of 2015’s inaugural event, the NFYFC is once again celebrating all things Young Farmers from 19th-25th September.

The official hashtag for this year’s “National Young Farmers’ Week” is #ThanksToYFC. This will give people the opportunity to give thanks to YFC for how the movement has positively impacted on their life, whether it be helping them find a career in agriculture or giving them a dynamic social life.

Clubs and counties across England and Wales are already preparing by holding events aimed at recruiting new members and reminding current members to renew their membership for the following year.

NFYFC plans to build on last year’s success by again planning a different theme each day to focus on. Each theme is based on a key area of NFYFC’s work and will be brought to life with a complimentary story about a member who has benefitted from being a member of their local YFC:

Monday – Agriculture & Rural Issues
Tuesday – Travel
Wednesday – Competitions
Thursday – Training and Development
Friday – Social and Leisure

The week will culminate with the NFYFC’s national competition finals in floral art and cookery at the Malvern Autumn Show on 24th and 25th September.

YFC will also be the subject of #Agrichat on Twitter on Thursday 22nd September from 8pm to 9:30pm.

For further information about the week, please visit www.nfyfc.org.uk/nationalyoungfarmersweek.


19 August 2016

The role that young people living in the countryside can play has “never been greater”, according to Herefordshire Young Farmer and newly-elected chairman of Rural Youth Europe (RYE), Russell Carrington.

Russell (pictured right), a former chair of the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) AGRI Steering Group, was elected as chairman at RYE’s General Assembly in Belfast on 4th August. Russell was elected having run unopposed and will hold the position of chairman for two years. He takes over from Lukas Halfenstein from Switzerland (pictured left).

Founded in 1957, RYE functions as an umbrella for youth organisations working to promote and activate young people in the countryside. It provides international training possibilities and works as an intermediary between national organisations, youth organisations and public institutions on a European level. Today, RYE represents 500,000 young people across 18 countries and 20 member organisations, including NFYFC.

Russell already has big plans to help young people living in rural areas across Europe.

“I am extremely honoured and proud to be elected for this position” said Russell. “I am very grateful to all those who have helped me to achieve this – NFYFC, my employers the Pasture-Fed Livestock Association, the Henry Plumb foundation, my friends and family, and many more. 

“In our fast changing political and economic environment, I believe that the role that young people from the countryside can play has never been greater.  Rural Youth Europe aims to bring such people together for sharing, learning, intercultural exchange and to foster peer to peer support.

“During my time as chair I want to widen the reach of the organisation so that we can positively influence the lives of even more young people across Europe.  I also want to strengthen the values of those people and to demonstrate the importance of multicultural cooperation.”

More information about Rural Youth Europe can be found at www.ruralyoutheurope.com.


15 August 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 days 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.


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