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30 September 2013

 

Young Farmers proved that they really are master chefs this weekend at the national finals of the NFYFC Cookery competition.

More than 100 YFC members from across England and Wales took part in the competition at the Malvern Autumn Show, where their culinary skills were judged by former Masterchef finalist Ben Axford alongside experts Pam Powell and Neil Dylan.

Competitors, in teams of three, were challenged to devise, cook and display a sumptuous four course meal for a British Farming Awards dinner using locally sourced produce. With just one hour and two gas rings the pressure was really on.

However it was the team from Herefordshire who rose to the occasion and were eventually crowned winners after a tense day of competition. Their mouth-watering menu, including leek and goats cheese parcels, salmon mousse and duck breast in cider sauce, impressed the judges, as did their presentation skills.

Judge, Ben Axford said: “As always I am fascinated at the ingenuity teams’ display in overcoming both the equipment and time constraints they are under. This is a great opportunity for all Young Farmers to challenge themselves to deliver incredible dishes with home grown produce, whilst also being a really fun day.”

The team’s victory is even more impressive considering members Megan Watkins, Zoe Scott and George Goring are all under the age of twenty.

Megan said: “We really didn’t expect to win, but we are so excited that we have. We practiced the dishes a few times this week before the finals and it’s taken a lot of organising but it was definitely worth it! We would love to come back next year and defend out title!”

There were also celebrations for Welsh YFC members, with the team from Pembrokeshire FYFC coming in second place and Carmarthenshire FYFC taking third place.

Click here for the full results from the NFYFC Cookery finals or visit the NFYFC Facebook page to see all of the pictures from the weekend.



26 September 2013

 

NFYFC will play host to 40 young people from across Europe next month for a week-long seminar focused on rural innovation and entrepreneurship.

The Rural Youth Europe (RYE) Autumn Seminar has been planned and organised by a team of YFC members as part of RYE's annual programme of seminars and rallies held across Europe for rural young people. NFYFC was awarded the funding for the seminar by the EU’s Youth in Action programme, managed in the UK by the British Council.

Delegates from as far away as Norway and Serbia will attend the event at the Malvern Outdoor Elements Centre in Worcestershire.

With 23% of under 25 year olds across Europe unemployed, the seminar aims to give attendees the skills and ideas to become rural entrepreneurs. Through interactive workshops, study trips and expert presentations it will look at how specific rural businesses have used innovative techniques, diversification and social media to start-up and grow.

Claire Worden, Vice Chairman of NFYFC, and the Autumn Seminar 2013 Chairman, said:

“The Rural Youth Europe Autumn Seminar is a unique event where young people get together from rural youth organisations from across Europe to share ideas and best practice. As one of the biggest rural youth organisations in Europe, NFYFC is excited about the opportunity to show off what our members are doing in England and Wales and for us to learn from this intercultural exchange.

“The last time we hosted a Rural Youth Europe Event was in 1988 and we have developed massively since then. I have friends from all over the world because of RYE events and I’m really excited that we are making this one happen.

“We really want this to be an opportunity for YFC members to learn more about Rural Youth Europe too, and loads of our own members are coming along to take part and help run events throughout the week.”

You can follow all the latest news from the event on the NFYFC Facebook page or by using the hashtag #ryeas2013 on Twitter.

If you are interesting in attending a 2014 Rural Youth Europe Seminar in Denmark or Budapest visit the YFC Team Travel page to find out more. 

[The logo for the Rural Youth Europe Autumn Seminar was designed by competition winner Kenneth Rees from Radnor FYFC.]

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26 September 2013

 

If you fancy applying for the adventure of a lifetime with YFC Travel but you’re not quite sure what you’re letting yourself in for, then join us on twitter for an hour of pure YFC Travel Chat.

This is your chance to quiz the people who have been away with YFC before and find out what it’s really like on homestays, working holidays or volunteering trips.

NFYFC’s Travel Officer will also be on hand to answer all of your technical questions – from how to apply to what to pack!

To get involved, just log on to twitter from 7-8pm on Wednesday 23rd October and follow the chat using the hashtag #yfctravel.

To find your adventure of a lifetime, take a look around our YFC Travel pages.



26 September 2013

 

NFYFC has put together some essential guides on hosting Halloween parties ahead of the festivities on 31 October. 

Halloween and bonfire events can raise some much needed funds for clubs and are also a great way to introduce new members. But hosting a party can be pretty stressful as there’s lots to consider to make it a success.

To help out all those YFC Party Planners, NFYFC has drawn up some questions to guide you through the process of throwing a Halloween disco. There are also some guidelines from the NFU on hosting a bonfire night too. 

Youthwork Officer Cath Sykes said:

“For a Club event to be really fun and successful you need to do some careful planning first. Hopefully these guides will help organisers take a step back to think about all aspects of the event that help make it a success.”

Click here for questions to help guide your Halloween event.

Look out for the next issue of YFC Buzz when we’ll have some top tips for Christmas events!



25 September 2013

 

Representatives from NFYFC visited Brussels last weekend to discuss the implementation of new CAP regulations with fellow members of the European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA).

Duncan Howie, from Essex FYFC, joined NFYFC’s new Agriculture and Rural Affairs officer Jo Wyles on the visit, which was supported by Defra, to take part in CEJA working groups.

The groups discussed where each country was in terms of implementing the new CAP regulations, as well as how young farmers could ensure they received adequate support from their own governments. There was also an opportunity for CEJA representatives to talk to their own MEPs involved in CAP negotiations, which are not yet completed.

Jo said:

“We discovered that the picture across Europe is very different in terms of the level of discussions that have taken place with governments. No countries had yet made a decision on how much support they would offer their young farmers, but some were much further ahead in their discussions than others.

“The working groups gave us a useful insight into the process of negotiation and we can use this knowledge to help get the best results for our Young Farmers.”

The NFYFC Agricultural and Rural Affairs committee are currently preparing a document that will enable YFC members to feedback to the UK government about the type of support they are most in need of.




24 September 2013

New entrants to sheep farming are being encouraged to make contact with the British Wool Marketing Board (BWMB).

BWMB is aware of the challenges, both in terms of resources and finances facing the current generation of new entrants and wants to do all it can to help them maximise the value of their wool, explained BWMB Producer Communications Manager Gareth Jones.
 
‘’New entrants are the future of our industry and the BWMB is keen to encourage them wherever possible," he said.?
 
BWMB are encouraging new entrants to contact them to ensure their thoughts are heard.  "We are actively looking into different ideas on how we could support any potential new entrants to the industry, so we need to ensure we hear from as many new entrants as possible this season.  Like existing producers, new entrants to sheep farming have much to gain by marketing their wool through the BWMB’s competitive auction system which helps them maximise the true value of their wool."
 
For any new entrants, a specific email address ?newentrants@britishwool.org.uk has been set up for producers to contact the BWMB.

"Our intention is to engage with potential ‘young’ producers and discuss ideas on what would benefit and support them.  We’ll also discuss any potential ideas with stakeholder groups” added Mr Jones.

Clubs wishing to invite the BWMB along to an evening session to talk about wool should contact laurenboulton@britishwool.org.uk.
 



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