National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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27 November 2015

At least 50 young people came out in force for Defra’s final 25 Year Plan next generation event on November 25.  Hosted by Harper Adams, the day attracted YFC members, students and Young Farmers from across the country.

Defra acknowledged that it was impressive to see many young talented people with so much passion and positive outlook for the future. It was hoped that their feedback could help shape development of the long term plan.

Education, breaking down trade barriers, consumer confidence, joined-up government thinking and delivery were high on the audience’s agenda. 

Lynsey Martin, NFYFC AGRI Chair who summed up the event said: “There has been a range of representation today from young people either working or studying in the farming and food industries.  We hope the constructive dialogue and emphasis on topics that we feel need to be addressed are taken on board, but appreciate having our part in the consultation process.  I’m confident in saying that we understand the need to equip ourselves with the necessary skills to further our business and career aims, but hope the action needed will substantiate our aims.”

25 November 2015

Douglas Murray, a Yorkshire YFC member in his younger years and a lifetime stalwart of the Young Farmers’ organisation, passed away on Sunday 15 November 2015 at his home near Newhaven, East Sussex. 

Following some years as a Farm Manager, Doug, a staunch Yorkshireman, Doug took on the role of Club Leader of Wharfedale YFC from the mid-50s until 1962 when he was appointed County Organiser of the West Riding of Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs.  In the early ‘70s, and with strong support and guidance from neighbouring County Organisers, Doug took up a role with the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) as Advisory Officer for the Northern and West Midlands Areas of YFC. 

In 1976 he went on to become NFYFC Deputy Secretary, leading the NFYFC Competitions Programmes and working with sponsors to raise the funds to develop these activities.  In 1987 he took on the role of South East and South West Area Co-ordinator and retired to East Sussex in 1990. In gratitude for his long, dedicated service Doug  was made an Honorary Life Member of NFYFC in 1992.  Following his appointment as Advisory Member to Ringmer and Lewes YFC (Sussex FYFC) from 2012-14, he was elected Vice President of the Club.

Doug leaves behind his wife, Mary, two sons and a daughter and two stepsons. He will be sorely missed by many friends and former colleagues.

A Service of Thanksgiving will be held on Monday 30th November at 3pm in Piddinghoe Church, Piddinghoe, Newhaven, East Sussex.

19 November 2015

We regret to announce the sad news that Douglas (Doug) Murray, Hon Life Member of the NFYFC died at the weekend.

Doug spent very nearly his entire career working for the YFC organisation.  He worked for YFC in Yorkshire, was the NFYFC Northern Area Development Officer and worked at the YFC Centre for many years.  Doug was well liked and respected by the generations of YFC members and staff that he worked alongside – and did a tremendous amount of work on YFC competitions, training and the annual convention as well as many other topics.  Doug retired from the NFYFC more than 20 years ago.

Doug’s family can be contacted at the following address:-

Mary Masters
1 Deans Farm Cottages
East Sussex
Tel: 01273 517 824

A funeral Service will take place at 3pm on Monday 30th November 2015 at:-

St John’s Church
(Off Lewes Road)
East Sussex
BN9 9AP.

The family extends an invitation to all those wishing to attend the service.

13 November 2015

The nation is split over whether farming is a high-tech industry, according to a new survey commissioned by the NFU.

Results of the YouGov poll revealed 43 per cent of adults class farming as high-tech compared to 38 per cent of people who don’t. 19 per cent were unsure.

This Saturday, seven young farmers (including three YFC members), will accompany representatives from the NFU and the Worshipful Company of Farmers for this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show. They will demonstrate how farming has transformed itself into a modern, forward-thinking industry and adopted cutting-edge technology such as robotic milking systems, GPS, drones, solar energy and electronic identification of livestock. 

The young farmers all use different aspects of technology and will promote farming to the crowds of more than half a million people expected to line the route of the three mile procession through the City of London. 

NFU President Meurig Raymond said: “It’s great to see that nearly half the population recognise farming as a modern, high-tech industry and events such as the Lord Mayor’s Show allow us to promote that to a wider audience. The challenge we now face is to get that message out to those people who don’t realise agriculture is at the forefront of state-of-the-art cutting-edge technology. 

“We know young people are very tech-savvy and I want them to be able to see the opportunities available to use those skills as part of a career in agriculture and its allied industries to help us deliver high quality food by developing an efficient, thriving, profitable and sustainable industry to meet the demands of a growing population.

“All of us at the NFU are very honoured to be once again partnering the Worshipful Company of Farmers and John Deere. I know the parade on Saturday will be the culmination of months of hard work and a huge team effort from all sides and I wish them the best of luck.”



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