08 July 2013
The European Commission confirmed that there would be a mandatory 25% top up on direct payments for new entrant young farmers under the age of 40 in all member states. It also recommended that Governments provide business start-up grants and invest in training and advisory services.
CEJA’s campaign, on behalf of two million European Young Farmers, helped to bring about the historic breakthrough and it is hoped these developments will start to address the need for generational renewal in agriculture. NFYFC also contributed to this positive outcome through its membership of CEJA, thanks to support from Mole Valley Farmers.
Chris Manley, Devon YFC and Charlotte Johnston, Warwickshire YFC, both travelled to Brussels for a CEJA meeting on the day of the announcements. They were both in the country to take part in the CEJA European Young Farmers General Assembly where new President Matteo Bartolini from Italy was elected.
As the only representative for England and Wales, NFYFC has one of the largest memberships in CEJA, which gives the maximum allocation of 12 votes and an influential position in the election outcome.
Chris said: “After consulting with other former NFYFC CEJA reps, we voted for individuals that represented countries with similar views to ours on agriculture. During the day there was a great deal of last minute campaigning in the form of one to one networking to clinch last minute votes.”
Alongside new President Matteo Bartolini, the following Vice Presidents were also voted into position: Alan Jagoe from Ireland, Mattias Daun from Germany, Laurent Poirier from France and Paola del Castillo from Spain.
Charlotte said: “Overall this was a good result for NFYFC as they were all very strong representatives of young farmers in their own right and were very positive of the prospect of NFYFC increasing its presence on CEJA matters. Thanks to Mole Valley Farmers, NFYFC has been able to contribute to these elections and the outcome of the CAP.”
The new committee will now take on the challenge to ensure that each nation's young farmers can access the additional funding.
NFYFC’s CEJA representatives will also review the additional funding to see how it can be rolled out in the UK and will present viable recommendations to justify the Government implementing the voluntary support measures that could be made available under the Rural Development Programme.
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02 July 2013
Americana, Circus, Smurfs and YFC were the themes agreed by the Communications, Events and Marketing Steering Group and were presented to Council at the weekend.
The announcement was one of many during a three-hour meeting at the Quality Hotel in Coventry on Sunday. Representatives from counties across England and Wales came together to vote on decisions to help shape the future of the organisation.
As well as news on Convention, Council also approved a new name for the Discovery programme to help the Personal Development group promote travel opportunities to members.
It was agreed that it would now be called YFC Travel – what will your discovery be?
The Youth Forum became an official ‘steering group’ to give younger members more of a voice in the organisation.
The Competitions Steering Group made a number of proposals, which were approved, including holding North and South Semi Finals for speaking competitions in the 16 and under, 21 and under and 26 and under categories in Northern Region, Southern Region and Wales.
It was also agreed that under 18 year old members would be subject to the same fines as under 26 year olds if they did not produce a membership card at NFYFC finals.
The Board of Management approved a number of proposals, including health and safety polices and the strategic plan. Their proposal to keep Annual Convention 2014 wristband packages at the same price as 2013 was also approved by Council.
A proposal to appoint a new Regional Support Officer for the South East Area was approved to assist clubs and counties in the South East.
Council also agreed that a new interim English representative for the Board of Management from the Eastern and South East Area could be appointed following Helen Walker’s resignation. But they also requested and voted that all Areas that were without a representative due to ill health or unforeseen circumstances should be appointed an interim. The Board of Management has also been asked to review the constitution to see if deputies can be introduced for these roles in the future.
National Chairman of Council, Milly Wastie, chaired the meeting and said:
“It was great to see so many members attend the Council meeting in Coventry and the contributions from county representatives are really valued. That input is so important to ensure this organisation makes decisions that are based on what our grassroots members want us to do. Thank you to everyone who came to the steering group sessions and the Council meeting.”
Decisions from the Council meeting were posted on Twitter as they happened throughout the meeting.
You can also download the June 2013 Council Newsletter for a full summary.
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