22 January 2014
Members and county staff in the South West Area recently got the chance to attend a local Train the Trainer course for the first time.
The new initiative to host courses in Areas rather than in a central location has so far made it easier for members and county staff to attend.
Two Area courses have now been held with a third due to take place in the South East in March.
Attendees at the South West course learnt how to design and develop officer training, experienced a Know Your Limits Curve module and designed an officer training session.
NFYFC’s Training Officer Sandra James said moving the courses to be focused in Areas was proving to be more popular.
“There’s less travel involved when it’s hosted in your Area, rather than NFYFC trying to run an event centrally. It also builds a stronger community of trainers in an Area.”
If any Area wants to hold their own course over the next 12 months contact Training Officer Sandra James.
An Advanced Train the Trainer course is being held from 4-6 April at Brownsover Hall in Rugby. There are seven spaces left on this course so book early to avoid disappointment. Click here to find out more.
22 January 2014
The NFYFC Facebook page has reached more than 20,000 fans – making it one of the best online places to have a conversation with Young Farmers.
Some of the most popular updates on the social media channel are news and photos about Annual Convention and updates from national competitions. Last year, one of the most popular posts was a photo of the team from Wormleighton YFC when they won Feet up Friday on Radio 1 with DJ Greg James (pictured right).
Facebook is just one of the social media channels where NFYFC actively chat to members. The Twitter account (@nfyfc) currently has more than 5,000 followers and regularly posts updates throughout the week – and during major NFYFC events.
All the decisions made at Council meetings are tweeted live from the event, and competition results are posted on Twitter as and when they are announced.
NFYFC is also on Google+ and Linkedin – where news about jobs and training activities are posted.
The Communications, Events and Marketing Steering Group, help to suggest ideas for content on the social media channels and encourage all clubs and counties to engage with NFYFC online.
A new social media guide for clubs and counties is also being developed, which offers advice on how to set up a social media account with top tips for building numbers.
If you are actively using a social media site and think NFYFC should be on there too, please send ideas to the communications team.
14 January 2014
David, 28, who is a farmer from Suffolk proposed to his girlfriend Jessie, 25, at the top of Pic Blanc in Alpe D’Huez. David said:
“I didn’t think there could be a better place to propose. We both love skiing and 3330m high at the top of a mountain seemed like the perfect spot.”
The couple met six years ago though Halesworth YFC in Suffolk, and both have been active members of the Club. David added:
“The fact that we got engaged on the Young Farmers Ski Trip made it extra special, as without YFC we might never have met.”
David and Jessie were among nearly 300 YFC members from across England and Wales who headed to Alpe D’Huez in France for the 2014 YFC Ski trip.
The week-long trip in the French Alps was run by travel company, Outgoing, as part of NFYFC’s re-vamped YFC Travel programme. The week included a YFC Mountain Meal, followed by skiing down floodlit pistes, as well as a Young Farmers fancy dress day with a theme of ‘your best produce’.
“This was the first YFC Ski trip we had been on and we had a great time. One of the highlights has to be seeing Jessie skiing down a black run in a penguin suit!”
Georgina Haigh from Wormleighton YFC was a YFC rep on the trip:
"The YFC Ski trip was a sell out and a great opportunity for young farmers to get together. There was a huge variation of abilities from all over the country. The mountain meal and dancing on top of the mountain in the Folie Douce cafe every afternoon were definitely highlights. Hopefully next year's YFC Ski trip will be just as successful and every bit as fun!"
07 January 2014
Matthew Sharp and Duncan Howie will take part in the debate at the Oxford Union at 6pm, entitled: ‘This house believes that green energy is not worth the carbon it takes to produce’.
Roger Helmer, UKIP MEP will propose the motion and Matthew Sharp, former Chairman of Ponteland YFC, is the seconder. Opposing the motion is Natalie Bennett leader of the Green Party of England and Wales and Duncan Howie from Maldon YFC is the seconder.
Duncan has a positive experience of renewable energy as his family farming business Howies & Sons LLP, already uses 50KW of solar power and they are hoping to increase this to 10.8MW over their 60 acres of land.
Duncan, who is also a member of Strutt & Parker's Chelmsford Land Management team, said: “This will be additional income that will help secure our business and means we can reinvest it in our butchery and processing operations. Renewables mean money goes into the rural economy and we need to make sure that continues.”
NFYFC, in association with Marks & Spencer, also ran a competition for one lucky member to attend the event for free, with all expenses paid. 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.
The OFC attracts industry leaders and high profile speakers, and Georgia is hoping to gain 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.”
The Oxford Farming Conference runs from the 6-8 January 2014 and at this year’s event discussions are focused on the opportunities within agriculture and how they can be funded, as well as how farms should be operated in the future.
At the same time as this conference, the Oxford Real Farming Conference (ORFC) is also being held and states that it is focused more on the ‘true role’ of farming ‘to provide good food for everyone forever.’
YFC members will also be attending the ORFC and reporting back on their experiences.
For more information about the Oxford Farming Conference, visit www.ofc.org.uk and for the Oxford Real Farming Conference, visit www.oxfordrealfarmingconference.org
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