National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

13 February 2013


Young Farmers’ Clubs members were given the unique chance to talk to top politicians and rural policy makers on Monday, with a visit to Westminster.

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 the way.”

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. 

Charlotte added;

“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 NFU.”

To find out more about NFYFC's agricultural work, visit our Agriculture and Rural Affairs pages.



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