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28 February 2013


NFYFC’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs Chairman Chris Bateman told a packed room at the NFU 2013 Conference that Young Farmers’ determination to enter the industry is strong.

Chris was invited to present at the NFU’s Next Generation – Changing Perceptions for a Career in Farming session at the conference at the ICC in Birmingham today as a representative of NFYFC. He highlighted some of the success, collaborative work and achievements of the Young Farmers’ organisation.

The conference has been trending worldwide on Twitter and it was standing room only for Chris’ presentation as some YFC members couldn’t even squeeze into the room.

Speaking at the conference, Chris said: “Speaking on behalf of the many Young Farmers across England and Wales that I represent, I know that we are confident that as the next generation of farmers, this really is our time.  We’re hard-working, understand business, technology, the environment - and what it’s like to farm without subsidy.  Our resolve and determination to enter the industry is strong."

During the speech Chris also discussed the study the NFYFC recently completed into the feasibility of a Farming Opportunity Matching Service to match young farmers with landowners or farmers.

The study revealed that there is currently no central marketplace for either young farmers to advertise their skills and their business ambitions or for existing farmers and landowners to promote opportunities.

The feasibility study, which was funded by Defra, and carried out by Dr Steve Webster, interviewed members of Young Farmers’ Clubs, farming organisations, farmers and members of allied industries. More funding is now needed to do further research into how a matching service can be implemented with the support of the industry.

To read more about the study click here. To read more about the work NFYFC does to support future farmers, click here.

Membership of the NFU is totally free to YFC members aged 16-26, click here to find out more.

28 February 2013


The excitement is building for NFYFC’s Annual Convention 2013, and with just 61 days to go until the big event, its time YFC members found out which bands and DJs will be entertaining them over three days in Blackpool.

Once again, the NFYFC Events Steering group has organised a brilliant line-up jam-packed with the best DJs and live bands sure to get you hitting the dancefloor.

The line-up includes not one but two Radio 1 DJs as well as a guest DJ we think you might just recognise from one of your favourite TV shows. Add to this a whole range of live bands, from rockers to jazz-pros, and there is definitely something for everyone.....

Friday 3rd May – Black Tie

Live Band: Scarlett

Scarlett are a fantastic eight piece band, who performed under a different name at NFYFC’s 80th Gala Dinner and kept partygoers dancing late into the night with their covers of everyone’s favourite tunes. 

DJ: Aled Haydn Jones, Radio 1’s Surgery

Star of BBC Radio 1’ Sunday Surgery, Aled Haydn Jones was a massive hit at last year’s Annual Convention and is sure to whip out a mix of cheesy classics and the latest chart toppers. 

Saturday 4th May – Where’s Wally fancy dress

Live Band: Retrofits

With a repertoire spanning five decades, from 60’s rock and roll to noughties hits, the Retrofits have something to please even the most mature YFC member!

DJ: Jameela Jamil, Radio 1’s The Official Chart

Adding yet another Radio 1 DJ to the list, Jameela Jamil is the current host of The Official Chart on BBC Radio 1 and has presented a number of TV shows, such as T4 and Playing It Straight.

Sunday 5th May – Boilersuit Ball (Club Shirts also allowed)

Live Band: Bogus Brothers

This five-piece band is sure to entertain with their unique and seriously energetic shows, and last year they even performed for Sir Alex Ferguson!

DJ: James Buckley

You may know James best as wanna-be ladies man Jay in hit TV show the Inbetweeners! Now is your chance to check out his skills on the decks too.


28 February 2013


New dates for bespoke driver training for YFC members have been released for 2013 and Young Farmers are being encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment.

Practical driver training courses are being offered at half price (£45 instead of £99) as part of the Drive It Home campaign, supported by NFU Mutual, and are being issued on a first come first served basis.

There are also new dates for seven Area courses in exciting locations throughout the UK, where members can attend a Brake 2young2die course for free with fellow members and  become a Drive it Home Champion. The courses have been paid for by NFU Mutual and the Rural Youth Trust and locations include Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park, Farmers Weekly and Jimmy Doherty’s farm in Suffolk.

Details of both opportunities are below.


The practical driver training is run by enthusiastic and professional young racing drivers at Drive Doctors to give you the skills and confidence to know what to do in a difficult road situation and try to avoid it in the first place.

The three new dates for the practical driving course, which include 4x4 off-road driving (depending on numbers) and driving on a wet grip activity ¬- a surface that simulates ice, snow and mud conditions – are: 

  • 6th April 
  • 8th June
  • 10th August

Prices are only £45 (RRP £99) and the afternoon sessions are delivered at the ProDrive Centre in Kenilworth, where there is a professional road track and off-road section. ProDrive regularly hosts motorsport race and rally programmes and is one of the world’s leading motorsport businesses. To book a place contact


NFYFC has arranged seven bespoke Area courses for YFC members throughout the year. These courses are FREE thanks to sponsorship from NFU Mutual and the Rural Youth Trust and are aimed at changing your attitude to driving and enable you to deliver your own road safety training in clubs and counties.

Only a minimum of 25 people can attend each course so don’t miss out on your free place.

The sessions run from 10-4pm and will include refreshments. Find out where your nearest event is from the dates below:

  • Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park – Saturday 13th April (Southwest)
  • NFU Mutual Office, Warwickshire – Saturday 1st June  (West Midlands)
  • Jimmy’s Farm, Suffolk – Saturday 15th June (Eastern)
  • Newark Showground – Saturday 14th September (East Midlands)
  • Farmers’ Weekly Office, Surrey – Friday 17th May (Southeast)
  • Gwent YFC Office – Saturday 26th October (Wales)
  • A location for the Northern Area is still be confirmed.

For more information and to book places, please contact

For more information about the Drive It Home campaign, visit or follow us on

28 February 2013


A new Trainers Forum is launching in April to offer extra support and guidance for anyone who delivers training in their county.

The new Forum, which is being supported by the Personal Development Steering Group, will meet twice a year to share best practice and help shape the future of National training.

Anyone who has previously been on NFYFC’s Train the Trainer or Advanced Trainer the Trainer courses or has been on your own county’s Training Techniques course is being encouraged to join the group.

Benefits for members of the forum will include:

• Two meetings a year to share best practice with other trainers
• Guest speakers (at the meetings) to give you ideas and tips
• Networking opportunities
• Linkedin group invite.

The Forum is aimed at helping trainers to further enhance their personal development and most importantly be part of future training initatives.

The first full day meeting will be held near Swindon, Wiltshire on the 14 April 2013 and a Northern event will be held on 19 May 2013 in Knaresborough, Yorkshire (to be confirmed).

Both free events will include extra training to help improve your skills. 

For more information and to book places, contact

27 February 2013


NFYFC’s very own cookery goddess, National Chairman Milly Wastie, is set to appear in Simon Cowell’s latest hit show, Food Glorious Food.

The show, presented by Carol Vorderman, celebrates the best of British home cooking and tells the stories behind the contestant’s dishes and how they have become so special. The winner will receive £20,000 and their recipe on the shelves of Marks & Spencers.

Milly rustled-up a tasty sounding Cheesy Meatball Pasta in her bid to win the prize, a dish she often makes for her boyfriend after a hard day’s farming. She used beef from the farm, as well as vegetables from her father’s allotment.

Food Glorious Food is on Wednesdays at 8pm on ITV, keep an eye on the NFYFC twitter feed to find out which episode Milly will appear on.

To celebrate Milly’s appearance on the show, we have a copy of the Food Glorious Food recipe book to give away to one lucky YFC member, which includes Milly’s own recipe.


To enter the competition, just tell us what is the theme of NFYFC’s cookery competition in 2013?
Please send answers to or tweet your answer to @NFYFC using #bookcomp before the closing date of Fri 15 March 2013. A winner will be drawn at random.

25 February 2013


A recent study by NFYFC reveals the need for a service to match young farmers with farming opportunities.

The report highlights that there is currently no central marketplace for either young farmers to advertise their skills and their business ambitions or for existing farmers and landowners to promote opportunities.

Industry bodies were strongly in favour of the creation of a matching service to encourage new entrants into the sector, the report found. The NFYFC is now calling on key industry membership organisations to play their part in making the farming opportunity matching service happen.

The feasibility study, which was funded by Defra, and carried out by Dr Steve Webster, interviewed members of Young Farmers’ Clubs, farming organisations, farmers and members of allied industries.

The report is very timely as it links in with the industry led Future of Farming Review to look at the challenges and opportunities for young people working in the agricultural industry.

New opportunities for farming depend on an innovative approach from industry, trade organisations, farmers and landowners as well as business development advisors. The matching of regional, technical and business support to a central system was also seen as critical to the success of the Matching Service.

One of the key questions that arose from the study was whether the culture of farming could be changed to adopt such a scheme.

Ahead of a presentation at the NFU Conference on 28 February about NFYFC’s commitment to future farming, Chris Bateman NFYFC’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee (ARAC) Chairman said:

“At a time when the Government is carrying out a Review into the future of farming, it is clear that a Farming Opportunity Matching Service needs to be considered.

“Young people who want to break into the industry currently have very limited ways of finding out about the opportunities available – and likewise farmers and landowners have nowhere to find keen young farmers. We must do all we can to encourage new entrants into the sector and this service would help to do that.”

Author of the study Dr Steve Webster said:

“It is impressive that the NFYFC has instigated this study into a Matching Service. Preliminary findings show that the industry would welcome such a scheme. It now needs the support of key industry bodies to help deliver it.

“Whilst it is easier to envisage a farming opportunity matching service operating in some agricultural sectors than in others, there are numerous cross-over between the different agricultural sectors that present opportunities for young farmers. Hence all farming sectors should be included within a single Matching service.”
Further study is now needed to scope the existing training, support and mentoring on a regional level and to work with partners to establish the foundations of the service itself.”

Find out more about the work NFYFC is doing in support of future farmers at


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