National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

19 July 2010

A delegation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFC) members met Defra Agriculture Minister James Paice earlier this month to discuss concerns and issues facing new entrants and young people living and working in rural areas.

While it was acknowledged that young farmers embraced the opportunities to gain additional skills and training which was demonstrated through YFC activities and allegiance to Government and industry initiatives, there was a request for Government to help accommodate expectation.

Genuine young new entrants are not competing with established farmers on a level playing field and look to future CAP reform and rural policy as a means of redressing the imbalance.
Chairwoman of the NFYFC Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee Katherine Sealy  said: “We appreciate our opportunity to speak with the minister, who has continued his practice of regular dialogue with YFC members now he is in office. It is a relationship we value.

“The YFC delegation represented the hopes and enthusiasm of current and future young farmers who want to be part of a vibrant and successful industry, but also want support to acknowledge the reality we are faced with both living and working in a rural environment.”


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