National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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26 July 2013


Representatives from the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs were urging the UK government to show their support for young farmers at a recent event in Westminster.

Katherine Sealy, a former Chairman of NFYFC’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, joined industry leaders at the Westminster Food and Nutrition Forum Keynote Seminar to discuss how the changes to the Common Agricultural Policy would affect farmers in the UK.

The forum was an opportunity for representatives from the agricultural industry to voice their opinions to policy makers in Parliament, Whitehall and various government agencies.

Katherine used the opportunity to speak about the importance of CAP support for young farmers and the future of the agricultural industry. She urged the UK government to consider using the 2% maximum of the Pillar 1 funding put aside for young farmers to fund a full 25% top up of Single Farm Payment. She also suggested that funding in Pillar 2 should be used to support young farmers in business start-ups and to enhance the development of science and technology in the agricultural industry.

Katherine said:

“The Forum was a fantastic opportunity for NFYFC to represent young farmers and ensure that their voices are heard at the highest levels. Now is the vital time for us to be urging the UK government to utilise the financial support available to the next generation of farmers.”


25 July 2013


The Royal Welsh Show was in full-swing this week, and once again Wales YFC’s Young People’s Village has been entertaining the crowds of young farmers attending the event.

Nearly 15,000 young people headed to Builth Wells to attend one of the biggest events in the Wales YFC calendar which is celebrating its 23rd year this year.

The four day event kicked off on Sunday with a ‘Paddy’s Party’ and hosted some big names in the world of music and entertainment.

Monday night saw the return of the classic 90s pop groups S Club and S Club Juniors, the perfect acts for the ‘Nineties, Naughties and Onsies’ themed party. They were also joined by Welsh West-End star Sophie Evan.

Saturday night was the turn of Radio 1 DJ Greg James, making his fourth appearance at the event. And it looks like he’ll be making a welcome return in the future as after his gig he tweeted: “BEST crowd. See you next year!”.

Greg was also joined by star of The Voice UK, welsh rocker Ragsy who also took to twitter saying: “What an amazing crowd and event, thank you for your support.”

It was another Radio 1 DJ, Jameela Jamil, who rounded off the four-days of fun as she took to the decks on “The Big Wednesday.” Jameela is no stranger to Young Farmers having performed at this year’s NFYFC Annual Convention in Blackpool.

As well as the big names, the event also hosted up and coming local talent such as Welsh singer-songwriter Elin Fflur and Radio Cymru’s Breakthrough Act of the Year, Swnami.

Sioned Davies, Wales YFC’s Youth Forum Chairman said:

“This is the highlight of the YFC calendar and Wales YFC are always working hard to make it bigger and better each year. We think it is important to support local Welsh acts and to give them the opportunity to perform in front of thousands of people. We are also passionate about bringing well-known acts to the Village, ensuring that we are the best entertainment and camping site for young people during the Royal Welsh Show. We would also like to thank Harper Adams University for their continued support in sponsoring this event.”



24 July 2013


Young farmers from Sweden, Canada and Austria are visiting clubs and counties at the moment to find out more about YFCs in the UK.

The five arrived during Council weekend in June to meet up with their County representatives to start their five week stay in the UK.
 
Linnea Wallin from Sweden, Hannah Dixon and Chantal Davidson, both from Canada 4H, Esther Hani from Switzerland and Sara Swatz from Austria are all staying with members.

Clubs and counties have been tweeting about their exchange visits. Montgomery YFC tweeted in July: “Big Monty YFC welcome to our international exchangees visiting the county as part of @WalesYFC and @NFYFC international programs #yfctravel”

Amanda Harris from Cornwall FYFC took her Canadian exchangee to the beach and showed off the local tourist attractions. “I introduced her to the club and we even managed to go to a YFC event,” said Amanda who later tweeted: “Has had a great week entertaining Canadian exchange student! #cornishsummer #yfctravel”

Hosting an exchange from overseas can be a great way to learn more about other cultures and locations. Every year, YFC looks for clubs to host exchangees and also offers trips overseas for members.

To find out more about YFC Travel click here.



22 July 2013


Young Farmers will be displaying their pulling power next weekend at the finals of the NFYFC Tug of War competitions.

One hundred and fifty Young Farmers from across England and Wales will take part in the finals at Tenbury Countryside Show on Saturday 3rd August.

The event promises to be a battle of willpower and strength in three sections – ladies, men’s and mixed under 17s, with the finals for each section taking place in the Grand Ring from 4.45pm.

The competition, which is held annually, is the culmination of months of hard training for many YFC members, who will have also competed in County and Area rounds to reach the national finals.

Hannah Talbot, NFYFC’s Competitions Chairman said:

“Competitions are at the heart of YFC, from Club level right up to National and it’s always brilliant to see the amount of talent we have in our membership. The competitions programme is there to give everyone a chance to take part in something they might not have tried before.”

Supporters can buy tickets for the Tenbury Show from the NFYFC office at a discounted rate - £8 for adults and £2 for children, under 5s go free.

Call 02476 857200 to book – cheques or credit cards are acceptable




22 July 2013

 


The time has come to make one of the biggest decisions in the YFC calendar – the fancy dress theme for Annual Convention!

In May 2014, thousands of Young Farmers will be returning to Blackpool for NFYFC’s 82nd AGM and as always YFC members are working hard to make next year’s event bigger and better than ever.

One of the highlights of the weekend is the fancy dress party on Saturday night and we’ve set up an online poll where members can vote for the fancy dress theme.

The NFYFC Events steering group have whittled it down to four fancy dress options – Americana, YFC, Smurfs and Circus – so make sure you get voting for your favourite!

To vote, fill in the poll on the right hand column of this page.



18 July 2013

 

Accessing NFYFC training will soon be easier than ever, with Train the Trainer courses set to be delivered in each NFYFC Area.

The changes come after the NFYFC Trainers Forum, which launched in April to support YFC members delivering training, highlighted a need for more localised events.

The Train the Trainer course is open for any YFC members to attend, and teaches them how to develop and deliver their own training sessions. Those who successfully complete the courses also receive an internationally recognised certificate in staff development. 

Area Train the Trainer courses will be piloted in 2013/14 and will be supported by Defra. With many more courses taking place, each area will be required to organise the venue for their own course with a maximum of 10 people on each. 

NFYFC Training Officer Sandra James said:

“We hope that this project will enable each area to receive stronger support in setting up their training teams as well as gaining new ideas and initiatives for their County and Club Officer training days.”

For more information on area training courses, contact Sandra James on 02476 857207 or email sandra.james@nfyfc.org.uk





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