13 February 2013
Members from across the country battled through snowy conditions to the capital to visit the Houses of Parliament, speak with the Rt Hon Sir Jim Paice MP and visit the NFU Parliamentary office in Westminster.
High on the list of concerns was the future of school farms and their importance to young people as well as YFC school clubs. Subjects of discussion varied from CAP Reform and the future of the EU to renewable energy and promotion of the industry. The opportunities and impacts of current and future environmental schemes and livestock issues were discussed with plenty of opportunity for the younger NFYFC Youth Forum members to have their say.
Charlotte Johnston, from Cawthorne YFC in Yorkshire, went on the visit;
“The best bit about the trip for me was that it allowed me to have an
active discussion on key issues with other like-minded young farmers and
with Sir Jim Paice. It made me want to become more involved in NFYFC’s
agricultural events as the experience they offer really benefits members
and allows them to network with industry and pick up useful tips along
Young farmers were encouraged to be advocates of their industry and NFYFC by speaking to the public, MEPs and MPs about farming and the countryside.
The NFU’s senior Parliamentary adviser Matt Ware also gave a thorough overview of the organisation’s lobbying activity and members were encouraged to make contact with parish, county and district councilors as well as their MPs.
“It was really useful to pick up a few tips on how to lobby local
MPs and to promote agriculture to the wider public from the team at
To find out more about NFYFC's agricultural work, visit our Agriculture and Rural Affairs pages.
01 February 2013
The decision has been taken to cancel the 80th Celebration Ball that was due to take place in Blackpool on 2nd May this year.
After much consultation with members and County staff, the feedback was that there is a lot of excitement about Annual Convention, but that members were not planning to attend the extra event on the Thursday night.
The cancellation, however, in no way affects the Annual Convention itself, and the team are putting all of their energy into making this year's convention the biggest and best yet to mark the end of NFYFC's 80th year.
Gareth Laking, Chairman of the NFYFC Events steering group said;
"It's disappointing that we won't have a specific members' event on the Thursday night to mark the 80th year but it was great to know how much everyone is looking forward to the other three days of Convention. We listened to members' views and made a decision based on your feedback. I'm really excited about all the other stuff we have planned over the weekend and can't wait to see thousands of Young Farmers in Blackpool in May!"
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