National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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20 September 2012

Young farmers are set to make waves in Europe now that NFYFC has received year-long sponsorship from farmer owned, Mole Valley Farmers to become full members of the European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA).

English and Welsh young farmers will now have a stronger voice within European agriculture, particularly important during the CAP reform process.  The NFYFC agriculture committee felt strongly that they should be active again in Europe and are delighted to have both sponsorship and able representatives to fight the corner for fellow young farmers.


CEJA’s main objective is to promote a young, innovative agricultural sector and create good working and living conditions for young people in the industry. With the average age of farmers increasing rapidly, it is more important than ever to support young entrants. Currently for every one farmer under the age of 35 in the UK, there are 20 over 55.

Katherine Sealy, NFYFC CEJA representative, believes that the future is looking brighter for young farmers across Europe;

“2011 was an active year for CEJA and the fact that the Commission’s CAP reform proposals have such a strong theme of generational renewal shows that perseverance pays off! CEJA also joined the World Farming Organisation and is starting to be more active within that organisation. This is a great time for NFYFC to be getting involved with CEJA once again.”

Fellow CEJA representative and Wales YFC member Jonathan Williams agrees;

“It’s fantastic that NFYFC are now full members, due to our membership size we have the potential to be major players in European decisions,” explains Jonny Williams, NFYFC representative in CEJA.

As full members NFYFC representatives will have the opportunity to attend meetings and seminars in Europe and gain a better understanding of European farming methods and politics. The position also gives them the chance to engage with agricultural ministers and members of the European Parliament and represent the needs of English and Welsh Young Farmers directly with the Agricultural Commission.

NFYFC National Chairman, James Williams, believes this is a fantastic opportunity for the organisation;

“I’m delighted that during my chairmanship, NFYFC has become a full member of CEJA. This membership will allow us to actively lobby on real life issues that affect our members and be at the centre of the debate regarding European Agricultural Policy for young farmers.  Attending CEJA meetings and seminars will support a great deal of knowledge transfer which in turn should strengthen our organisation.” 

Devon based Mole Valley Farmers have supported Young Farmer’s Clubs for a number of years and sees this support as a cementing of relationships between the two organisations.

‘Mole Valley Farmers are owned by the Farming Community, this support is about investing in the future of farming, ensuring the next generation have a voice that can be heard in the  political arena of agriculture. We have a new generation of educated, dedicated young farmers who are passionate about shaping the future of farming within the UK. It is important that we listen to their views, support, educate and share best practice to help them navigate future volatility and ensure a sustainable industry for years to come.’ comments Keith Ockenden, Head of Agriculture, Mole Valley Farmers.



17 September 2012

Around 30 organisations gathered at a seminar last week to discuss the NFYFC’s rural road safety campaign. 

Leading driving organisations, local authorities, insurance companies and the media came to learn more about the campaign, which officially launches in November, and to see where they could offer support. 

Vice Chairman Milly Wastie hosted the event at Stoneleigh Park in response to the amount of interest she had received from organisations after she visited the Transport Minister in July.

Milly said: “I was overwhelmed by all the support we received on Friday. It was absolutely fantastic to get everyone in a room together to share ideas towards making NFYFC’s rural road safety campaign a success. 

“It was inspiring to see so many organisations willing to help Young Farmers in our mission to reduce incidents on rural roads. Everyone made great contacts on the day and they are keen for us to host a similar event again.”  

All Clubs will receive Rural Road Safety Action Packs in October to tell them more about the campaign and how they can support it during Road Safety Week in November.


17 September 2012

It was all about the girls this weekend at the finals of the NFYFC stockjudging competition at Hartpury College, with the fairer sex picking up first place in every event.

Katrina Donaldson, from Yorkshire YFC, was crowned Stockman of the Year after coming third in the same competition last year. She beat 14 other competitors to the top spot, including Charlotte Watkins from Herefordshire whose twelve year old sister Megan was competing in the junior competition. Charlotte picked up joint second prize alongside Ross Whitcombe from Somerset.

In the Junior Stockjudge of the Year competition, it was Rhian Lewis from Glamorgan who took the top spot, with Jack Fryars from Lancashire coming in second and David Jeyes from Warwickshire in third.

As well as judging beef, sheep, pigs and dairy, senior competitors were also asked to complete a project on stock management and were assessed on their animal health and husbandry skills by judge Paul Cunliffe from Wood Veterinary Group.

A huge congratulations to all those competitors who put so much effort into getting to the final!

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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.



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