National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

08 May 2013


Television presenter Matt Baker handed over the presidency of the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs this weekend at the organisation’s 81st Annual General Meeting.

Hundreds of Young Farmers from across England and Wales attended the meeting at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool to see Matt lead his last AGM as NFYFC President and hand over the reins to Poul Christensen CBE. You can watch a video below of Matt interviewing Poul on the NFYFC Show!


Matt said: “I have had a wonderful couple of years as NFYFC’s President. It has been an honour and a joy to be part of such an exciting organisation. The level of enthusiasm, creativity and commitment that our young farmers show will always continue to impress me.”

Matt was tasked with conducting this year’s meeting, which is a chance for all members of NFYFC to have their say on the issues that affect the organisation.

One such issue was the proposed 5% increase in the National Levy, the amount that each member pays to NFYFC. After some passionate speeches by members both for and against the increase, the motion was eventually defeated with 77 votes for and 115 against.

There was also a proposal that the membership fees for Associate Members should be increased from £5 to £10, but once again members used their voting power to defeat the motion with 84 votes for and 101 against. 

Honours were awarded to a number of dedicated NFYFC supporters, with the election of two new Deputy NFYFC Presidents, Diane Coles and Linda Savage, and the re-election of Christopher Hunt, David Herbert, Alethea Snelling, Richard Camp and Gwynne Davies. Rod Tuck from Norfolk and Delme Harries from Pembrokeshire were also elected as NFYFC Life Vice Presidents.

Delme is a driving force in Wales YFC, and has held several positions including County Chairman of Pembrokeshire, Chairman of Wales YFC and was the first ever Welshman to be elected Chairman of Rural Youth Europe. His dedication to Welsh Young Farmers has earned him the nick name ‘The King of Wales’.

Rod Tuck has been involved with YFC for 50 years, from his days in Old Buckingham and then Diss YFC. He has been Eastern Area President since 1976 and sat on the NFYFC Board of Management for five years, where he was the voice of the Eastern Area.

The 81st NFYFC Annual General meeting finished with the presentation of various trophies for fundraising, competitions and travel, as well as the Sidney Fawcett trophy which was awarded to Caroline Baker for making the greatest contribution to this year’s AGM. The Prince of Wales Trophy, which is awarded to the County who raised the most money per member for charity was awarded this year to Oxfordshire FYFC who raised nearly £24,000.


Annual General Meeting 2013 Trophy Winners

  • NFU Trophy (Championship County Federation in NFYFC competitions finals 2011/2012) – Cumbria FYFC
  • Tug Wilson Trophy (reserve championship county federation in NFYFC competition finals 2011/2012) – Derbyshire FYFC
  • Worshipful Company of Farmers Trophy (champion small county whose membership figures are amongst the lowest 50% of counties, NFYFC competitions finals 2011/2012) – Bedfordshire FYFC
  • Merrick Burrell Tankard (county federation with the largest % increase in membership over the past three years) – Hertfordshire FYFC
  • Prince of Wales Perpetual Charity Challenge Trophy (county federation raising most money per member for a charitable cause) – Oxfordshire FYFC
  • Lionel J Hill MBE Charity Club Cup (club that has raised the greatest amount of funds per members, for charitable purposes over a 12-month period)- Faringon YFC from Oxfordshire (club raised over £18,712)
  • The RABI Cup (YFC that has given the most support to RABI) – jointly awarded to Acle YFC and North Walsham YFC from Norfolk
  • The Sidney Fawcett Trophy – (member making the greatest contribution to the democratic proceedings of the AGM) – Caroline Baker, County Durham FYFC
  • Top Trainer of the Year – Karen Hodges, Worcestershire FYFC
  • Young Farmers Ambassador (the best power point produced by a participant of the Discovery Programme) - Ed Lovelock, Buckinghamshire FYFC


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