19 December 2013
A passion for the production and consumption of British produce has won one lucky member an all expenses paid trip to the Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) in January.
Winner Georgia Frogley, from Long Itchington YFC, is studying for an Agri-food with Business and Marketing degree at Harper Adams University and entered the competition to help enhance her knowledge.
As well as a fully-funded place at the conference, the prize also included travel, accommodation and meals. NFYFC, in association with Marks & Spencer, asked members to submit a 200 word proposal on why they should be the lucky winner.
Judges felt Georgia showed a real enthusiasm for farming despite not living on a farm – and they liked her eagerness to learn more about the industry so she could build her future career.
Georgia wrote: “Although I don't live on a Farm my hunger to learn about British agriculture is as great as any. I want to improve the relationship between farmers and retailers as I believe once a relationship has been established it becomes a lifelong partnership.”
Georgia has also spent six months in Australia on a beef and arable farm and learnt a lot about the importance of world food production and the need for the UK to be competitive at a global level. She hopes to work in Farm Assurance and is currently looking towards a placement in farm auditing.
The OFC attracts industry leaders and high profile speakers, and Georgia is looking forward to gaining some new contacts.
“I want to use this opportunity to network with industry professionals, to gain ideas and contacts for my placement year at University, “ said Georgia who also works part time in a farm shop. “My parents are pleased I am interested in this industry as there are plenty of opportunities for young people.”
Members are involved in panel discussions during the OFC and the Oxford Real Farming Conference, which is also in January.
To find out more about the Oxford Farming conference click here.
18 December 2013
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:
For more information on NFYFC’s response to the CAP Consultation, please contact ARAC Officer Jo Wyles.
11 December 2013
Stay safe this Christmas time and avoid taking chances behind the wheel, advise road safety leaders.
Drink driving remains one of the biggest killers on our roads: one in seven road deaths are at the hands of someone who was driving while over the limit.
Drug driving is now also a problem with one in nine young drivers owning up to it. In the UK, around 18% of people killed in road crashes have traces of illegal drugs in their blood, with cannabis being the most common.
The following advice is taken from the road safety charity Brake’s website, and there are also links to find out more.
After a year since launching the Drive it Home campaign, its champion Milly Wastie hopes young farmers heed the warnings over the festive season.
“Despite the challenges of transportation in rural areas, there’s no excuse for being over the limit while behind the wheel. I hope that messages from the Drive it Home campaign have hit home this year, and that people take care over Christmas,” said Milly.
“If you’re driving, switch off your phones, avoid the booze, and concentrate on driving safely.”
AVOID GUESS WORK
It is impossible to calculate how much alcohol you have in your blood (even if you know exactly how much you have consumed), or how long it will stay in your system.
The speed at which alcohol is absorbed into your system (and how quickly your system gets rid of it) depends on a large number of factors, including your sex, weight, metabolism, health and when you last ate. Find out more about alcohol content here.
As a rough guide you should allow at least one hour to absorb alcohol, plus at least one hour for each unit consumed - but it could take longer, so you should always leave extra time to be safe.
Drinking coffee, eating, sleeping and showering don’t make you sober up any faster. It just takes time.
10 December 2013
Chris represented NFYFC members at a European Council for Young Farmers’ (CEJA) working group which took place at the Agritechnica event in Hanover.
Representatives from farming organisations across Europe discussed how their home countries are responding to CAP proposals, and the methods they are using to achieve the best result for young farmers.
Chris said: “CEJA is calling on member states to maximise the two per cent of the direct payments budget available for young farmers in order to encourage generational change in the European farming population.
“We think there should be up to the maximum of 90 entitlements for Young Farmers in the UK.
Extra guaranteed income will help in establishing a new business and we hope it will also encourage more farming families to hand over the reins sooner to the next generation as part of a succession plan.”
The information Chris gathered helped to feed into NFYFC’s response to the CAP reforms and to ensure English young farmers receive a fair level of support.
Chris also attended a panel discussion called Global Tillage – Young Agriculture Worldwide, which gave 400 young farmers the chance to discuss their business future in agriculture.
“Young farmers from Tanzania, the Netherlands, South Africa and the USA shared their experiences and regardless of the continent, the size of the farm and the political framework, all of them said the image of agriculture is one of the biggest challenges,” said Chris. “We have to improve the image of farming.”
10 December 2013
The members were all chosen at the YFC Travel selection day, which took place at the NFU Mutual headquarters in Stratford-upon-Avon this weekend.
Kirsten Hoggard (pictured left) from Southwell YFC in Nottinghamshire was one of four YFC members chosen to go on a three month working scholarship to New Zealand, sponsored by the C Alma Baker Trust. She will be living and working at Limestone Downs – a 7,954 acre beef, sheep and dairy farm in the North Island. Kirsten said:
“I especially chose this trip because I liked that it was a working scholarship, I’m really interested in farming and New Zealand has always been a place I’ve wanted to visit. I want to see how sheep farming works out there – it’s definitely on a different scale to our own farm!”
This isn’t Kirsten’s first experience of travelling with YFC, last summer she spent five weeks in Canada on a cattle ranch and organic farm:
“It was really amazing, an invaluable and unforgettable experience. I’m so grateful that I’ve been selected for another trip, it’s an unmissable opportunity and I feel very lucky.”
As well as working scholarships, the YFC Travel programme also offers a range of homestays and team travel opportunities, with trips ranging from one week to three months. NFYFC has been providing these opportunities for more than 60 years, and this year the re-launched YFC Travel programme saw nearly twice the number of applicants than in 2012.
The programme is supported by the Young Farmers’ Ambassadors, a group of former YFC travellers who raise money to provide scholarships for future travellers, as well as the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust, C Alma Baker Trust and the Australian Bicentennial Trust. Each year YFC Travel continues to develop, adding new and exciting opportunities for YFC members.
A brand new trip for this year is the Tall Ships sailing adventure which is a week-long sailing voyage open to YFC members aged 16-18. Adam Penny, County Chairman of Dorset FYFC, has been chosen as a leader for the trip:
“I was a late comer to YFC and I haven’t taken part in YFC Travel before. When Tall Ships popped up on my Facebook feed I thought it looked like a great challenge and something a bit different. I’m really looking forward to seeing the younger YFC members grow and develop during the trip.”
There are still five spaces available on the Tall Ships Sailing trip, and Adam would encourage anyone who is interested to apply:
“The application process was really easy – I was a bit nervous before the interviews but it was totally fine and everyone is really friendly so get applying!”
Click here for more information on how to apply for the Tall Ships Sailing trip.
09 December 2013
Kate Watts, from Ledbury YFC, has taken part in the filming for the new series of the Channel 4 show First Time Farmers, which will be back on screens in 2014.
As a first time dairy farmer, Kate wanted to get involved in the programme to show others the opportunities in the industry and to dispel myths about farming.
“I don’t look like the typical farmer,” said Kate. “If you saw me on a night out, you wouldn’t think that I milk cows.”
You can read more about Kate in the latest issue of Ten26 that is landing on doormats this week – just in time for Christmas.
It’s packed with stories from members and includes a focus on the competition winners from the Malvern Show and the Farm Skills weekends.
There’s also a fantastic photo of the new Council members that is a pastiche of a famous Beatles album cover. See if you can spot your representative among the crowd.
You can also read about Matthew Ranson – the youngest member of the Youth Forum – and get some top tips for club nights.
There’s also an insight to life as an agricultural journalist thanks to a week in the life of Louise Hartley from Clitheroe YFC, who works for Farmers Guardian.
Everyone who was registered as a member on the database by the end of November will receive a copy of Ten26. The next issue will be out in March and to receive a copy you will need to be a current member and on the database before the end of February.
To be featured in a future issue of Tem26, please email Emily Meikle with a few lines about why you would like to be in the magazine. We are always looking for interesting jobs to profile and Young Farmers to interview, so get in touch!
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