National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

05 December 2013

NFYFC, in association with Marks & Spencer, is offering one lucky member a free ticket to the Oxford Farming Conference, including all expenses.*

The annual Oxford Farming Conference discusses the major issues in agriculture and this year’s event will be held at the Oxford University Examination Schools from 6-8 January.

Leading figures in agriculture will give presentations on a wide range of topics including social media, opportunities in dairy farming and a focus on the latest industry innovations – among others.

It’s a unique opportunity to hear about and discuss industry developments and to network with like-minded individuals.

The winner of this prize will receive a free ticket to the event (worth £345), return travel from their nearest train station, two nights accommodation and all meals.

A similar competition was recently open to all members of Wales YFC and Aled Jones from Dyffryn Cothi YFC in Carmarthenshire won the prize. 

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is state in 200 words or less why you would like to be the NFYFC – M&S delegate. Send entries to Emily Meikle by 16 December 2013

The winner will be notified by Wednesday 18 December 2013.

Find out more about the conference at the Oxford Farming Conference website.

*Please note this prize includes a ticket to the two day event, return travel from your nearest train station, two nights’ accommodation and all meals. Additional expenses are not included. 

04 December 2013

Tesco have launched a Future Farmer Foundation to support the next generation of British farmers and are encouraging YFC members to get involved.  

The Foundation has been established to help bright, talented, determined young people make their own start in the world of agriculture, whether that’s taking over the family farm, embarking on a new business venture, or entering the industry for the first time.

In its first year, Tesco will offer a minimum of fifteen young people a bespoke package of leadership training, business planning advice, mentoring, supply chain experience and networking opportunities.

Funded by Tesco and free for participants, the Foundation is unique in its tailored, candidate-led approach. Successful applicants will be able to choose a programme suited to their own aspirations and business needs, and it’s hoped the Foundation will also be able to offer training and support to dozens more young farmers during the application process itself.

NFYFC’s Acting CEO James Eckley said:

“As one of the largest rural youth organisations in England and Wales, NFYFC works to support young people living in rural areas. The Future Farmer Foundation compliments much of the work we do in helping to develop the leadership and business skills of rural young people and we would encourage our members to take up this fantastic opportunity to further their careers in agriculture.”

Richard Marris, Commercial Director of Fresh Foods at Tesco said:

“We’re committed to the success of British agriculture, and we want the next generation of farmers, with all their energy, talent, and dedication, to be working with us for decades to come.  Whether it’s guidance on succession planning, advice on financial management, or providing access to a world-leading supply chain, we’ve developed the Future Farmer Foundation to be a strong base from which the farmers of tomorrow can launch themselves onto their chosen paths.”

How to apply

  • The first stage of the application process opens on 20th November and closes on 31st December 2013.  Candidates can apply online here.
  • A selection of candidates will then be invited to an assessment day in the Spring.
  • The Foundation is open to candidates aged 20 to 35 who live and work in the United Kingdom.

Find out more about the Tesco Future Farmer Foundation.

04 December 2013

Caroline Trude from Devon FYFC has been named as the winner of this year’s Young Farmers Ambassador (YFA) YFC Travel competition.

The annual competition was open to all YFC members who took part in a YFC Travel trip in 2012/13.Travellers were asked to produce a powerpoint presentation about their trip that could be used to help promote the YFC Travel programme and inspire other members to apply.

Caroline’s winning powerpoint was packed with pictures and information about her trip to Canada which included the Youth Ag Summit and celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of Canada 4H, the Canadian equivalent of YFC.

After the summit Caroline continued to explore Canada with other YFC travellers, visiting Vancouver and wildlife spotting in the Rocky Mountains. She described her YFC Travel experience as “the trip of a lifetime”.

Caroline will be presented with the YFA Trophy as well £50 towards the cost of the next YFA reunion at the NFYFC Annual Convention in May.

The competition was judge by YFC members Aimee Mahony and Andrew Cartwright. They are both members of YFA, a group of past YFC travellers who meet regularly and raise funds to support the YFC Travel programme. Aimee said:

"I really enjoyed judging the PowerPoint competitions, they brought back great memories from my own trips and Caroline's presentation met all of the criteria and really made me want to visit Canada myself!

"I think everyone who has the opportunity should travel with the YFC programme and then join the YFA. Becoming a Young Farmers Ambassador means you can help to give someone the same travel opportunities you had and it also means you can continue to have endless adventures!"

Find out more about YFA here.

Take a look at the top three YFA presenations and find out more about the winner's YFC Travel adventures.

1st place Caroline Trude, Devon FYFC - Canada
2nd place Toby France from Warwickshire FYFC – Rural Youth Europe Spring Seminar, France
3rd place - Rebecca Goodwin, Herefordshire FYFC - Canada


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