National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

18 December 2013

NFYFC delivered a petition, with more than 2,000 signatures, to the Government in December to call for a better future for young people working in dairy farming.

The petition was delivered on the same day members met with the new Farming Minister George Eustice.

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Steering Group (ARAC) Chairman Russell Carrington, National Vice Chairman Chris Manley and ARAC member Duncan Howie met with the Minister to discuss the CAP Reform and to ask for more support for young farmers.

Russell said: “It was good to meet the Minister to discuss the outcomes we wanted from the CAP consultation for young farmers and he was receptive to our ideas.

"As Mr Eustice is a former member of a Young Farmers’ Club, we knew he would have an understanding and appreciation of the Federation and what we do.

“It was also great to finally hand in our dairy petition. Many thanks to everyone who supported this and signed their names. It is important that Young Farmers’ voices are heard.” Russell concluded.

NFYFC has recently responded to the CAP consultation and, in summary, is calling for the following:

  • The Young Farmers Scheme to top up 25% of direct payments up to the maximum of 90 entitlements.
  • No additional barriers for qualification to the Young Farmers Scheme.
  • Provision of grants, training and investment throughout all agricultural sectors.
  • Advice on business planning and mentoring to nurture the farmers of the future.
  • For funding to be made available to those who do not already have a holding.

For more information on NFYFC’s response to the CAP Consultation, please contact ARAC Officer Jo Wyles.



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