National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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12 September 2012

Jim Paice has been removed from his position as Minister of State for Agriculture and Food in the recent cabinet reshuffle but will receive a knighthood in the New Year’s Honours.

His position on the front benches has been replaced by David Heath, Liberal Democrat MP for Somerset and Frome as the new Minister of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in Defra. 

Chairman of NFYFC James Williams said:  

“NFYFC was sad to hear that one of our former members Jim Paice lost his position as Minister of State for Agriculture and Food in the cabinet reshuffle. 

“Jim has been very supportive of the Federation in the last two and a half years and attended our Convention in Torquay earlier this year to learn more about the issues affecting Young Farmers. Jim’s background in farming meant he had an incredible knowledge and understanding of our industry.  

 “We are grateful to Jim for all the support he has given Young Farmers and we congratulate him on the news about his knighthood.” 

Also in the cabinet reshuffle, Defra confirmed Caroline Spelman had been replaced by Owen Paterson as the new Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. 

  • For more information about David Heath click here
  • For more information about Owen Paterson click here

06 September 2012

With rural house prices rising 35 percent faster than in urban areas, it’s harder than ever for young people to get a country roof over their head.

NFYFC are working with the NFU and the English Rural Housing Association to make rural housing more accessible – but we need your help! 

We want to gauge the current demand for rural housing from the people who really need it – those working on a farm or in a rural environment who need on-farm accommodation.

We’ve set up a quick and easy poll to see how many of you are in need of affordable rural housing. By taking part you can help us help you with your future housing needs.

Click here to visit the poll

03 September 2012

With our strategic review in full swing, and with NFYFC on the edge of an exciting new era, we are now searching for inspiring and enthusiastic individuals to dive in and join our Board of Management.
There are currently three vacancies on the Board, providing someone passionate about the organisation with the opportunity to really help shape its future.

The Chair and Vice Chair positions will take the lead, guiding the Board in the right direction and fulfilling its governance responsibilities in the organisation. The third vacant position, Youthwork and Safeguarding specialist, offers a chance to develop our work supporting young people in rural areas. 

We welcome applications from within and outside the organisation. For more information on these exciting new roles, visit the recruitment section of this site.

03 September 2012

Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFC) members have been busy showing support for the dairy industry over the summer and helping dairy farmers with the fight to secure a fair price for their milk.

To continue banging the drum for the plight of the industry a YFC ‘Help Support Your Dairy Industry’ petition will be launched at the Livestock Event on Tuesday 4th September with support from the National Farmers Union.

The petition will be available to sign at the NFU stand (BM-229, Hall 19 Business Management Zone) or can be downloaded here for printing and canvassing signatures. Alternatively you can sign our online petition to show your support. 

Helen Reeve, National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) Agriculture Chairman said:  “We are delighted that we can help demonstrate the enormous farmer and consumer support for dairy farmers.  With our extensive network of members and ‘can do attitude’ I’m sure we can rise to the challenge and I hope that our fellow UK YFC organisations will support us in this.

The level of support for UK dairy farmers has been overwhelming; this is certainly an emotional subject for all those connected to the dairy sector.  Those who have taken part in the many protests across the country and at the Dairy Summit at Westminster have helped to highlight the issue of farm gate milk prices. It’s important that we keep fighting for a fair price for milk to ensure that dairy farming is not a forgotten sector of UK agriculture.”

NFU Chief Dairy Adviser Rob Newbery added: “This fight is for a fair price for British dairy farmers, and we are determined to bring about real and lasting change to the industry.

“The level of support we have seen in the past few months has been unprecedented; each and every dairy farmer knows just how important this cause is, and the message is getting through to the public too. We are fighting for our futures, and for the next generation of dairy farmers who need an industry to enter.

“That’s why this petition is so important, and we urge anyone who enjoys fresh, delicious milk to back the cause, sign this petition, and give our dairy farmers the chance of a sustainable future in this industry.” 

Sign the petition


A downloadable petition is available for signature-gathering, Please send back completed forms to NFYFC either by email or post: - NFYFC, YFC Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG.

Download a printable copy of the petition


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