National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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20 November 2014

The National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs (NFYFC) is calling on its members, associate members and supporters to volunteer their time at next year's YFC Annual Convention.

The Federation is looking for volunteers to be part of the event management team in Torquay to help run the weekend and give Young Farmers a weekend they will never forget.

The YFC Annual Convention and AGM is the biggest event in the YFC calendar. Around 5,000 Young Farmers from across England and Wales will descend upon Torquay from 24-26th April.  The Convention comprises of YFC competition finals, an agricultural conference and the NFYFC's Annual General Meeting as well as a dance held each evening.

James Eckley, Chief Officer of NFYFC, said: "This is an ideal opportunity for associate members or supporters of the YFC organisation to volunteer to support and help run the NFYFC's largest annual event. It's also great experience for anyone looking to pursue a career in event management.

"We are looking for volunteers who are motivated and confident, are able to deal with large groups of people and have great people skills."

In return for the volunteers time and effort, NFYFC will cover the cost of accommodation on a shared room basis, as well as lunch and travel costs, as per the federation's expenses policy.

For full details about the nine opportunities available over the weekend of 24th-26th April, please visit www.yfcconvention.org.uk/get-involved/volunteers.


17 November 2014

It was a proud weekend for Gwent Young Farmers, Rhys Cooke and Rhys Whittingham, as they helped their county achieve success at the 2014 English Winter Fair at the Staffordshire County Showground.

Along with their team-mates, Andrew Watkins and Trevor Bowen, Gwent YFC (pictured right) took home three of the top five NFYFC stockjudging trophies. Cooke and Whittingham, from Raglan YFC, triumphed in their respective Pig Live and Carcase competitions, winning the Smithfield Trophy, while Whittingham and Bowen won the Bob Williams trophy for the highest combined score in the senior competition.

26 teams across 12 counties in England and Wales competed in various stockjudging competitions over the weekend of 15th & 16th November 

Staffordshire continued their impressive run in this competition, taking home the two remaining trophies. Sally Leese and Matthew Wright (below right) took home the Smithfield trophy for their combined scores in the Beef Live & Carcase competition. Sally, along with team-mate Emily Cartmail, won the Mark Madders Trophy for the highest combined score in the intermediate competition for pigs and beef.

But it was Gwent who had the last laugh, winning the much-coveted John Spear Trophy for accumulating the highest marks across all competitions. Staffordshire took 2nd place while Devon finished 3rd.

David Hamer, Chairman of the NFYFC Competitions Steering Group, said: "On behalf of NFYFC, I would like to thank, the Staffordshire & Birmingham Agricultural Society for their continued support and for hosting our competition, Bradshaw Brothers for providing today’s carcases, the exhibitors who allowed us to judge their live pigs and cattle and EBLEX for once again sponsoring the competition and Katie Brian for coming along to present the prizes."

A full list of results is available on the NFYFC Results page.

You can also see the best photos from the weekend's competition by visiting the NFYFC Facebook page. 

 


 


 


14 November 2014

CropTec, the UK’s leading technical event for arable farmers, takes place on 19th - 20th November - and NFYFC members can now attend the event free of charge!

The event, at the East of England Showground in Peterborough, brings together 16 of the UK’s leading industry experts to speak in seminar sessions on key areas of crop protection, crop nutrition, plant breeding and managing precision. 

Over 100 exhibitors will showcase the latest technology, business advice, research and development and equipment all designed to boost profitability.

For 2015, Croptec are looking to organise a careers conference for students and young farmers which involves the opportunity to have a Q&A session with our speakers and get valuable time to discuss career options with industry bodies.

For more information about the event, please visit www.croptecshow.com.

To book your free place at this year's event, please visit www.croptecshow.com/invite and use discount code: NFYF10.


12 November 2014

Agriculture experts at NatWest have teamed up with NFYFC to deliver business specific training to budding farmers and entrepreneurs.

The training, which will be delivered across the UK, will cover basic skills in business management from making a business plan, cash management and tenancy training.

Ian Burrow, head of Agriculture at NatWest and RBS said: “We have long been a proud supporter of the NFYFC delivering a number of events and support to young farmers across the country.

“This new training programme will arm young farmers with the skills they need to set up, run and maintain successful agricultural businesses which make such a huge contribution to the UK – and global – economy.”

Young Farmers will be able to take part in specialist Tenancy Training, run in collaboration with Savills, looking at the process involved in becoming a tenant farmer and how best to prepare for a farm tenancy tender. 

New business start up training is also being introduced – helping YFC members to understand the importance of business planning, with specific emphasis on creating a business plan fit for purpose.

Members will also be able to take part in business management training demonstrating cash management and enterprise and entrepreneurship - skills they can demonstrate in running their own clubs and take on to running a business.

Joanne Wyles, Agriculture and Rural Affairs Officer at the NFYFC said: “We are delighted to be continuing our partnership with NatWest in delivering this extended specialist training to our members. We hope this training provides them with the necessary skills to take on to their Young Farmers Clubs and in their personal and professional lives.”

NatWest is also supporting The Source, a bespoke guide aimed at YFC members who wish to set up and manage their Young Farmers’ Clubs.

For further information about all of the latest training courses on offer, please head over to the Courses page. 


11 November 2014

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the implementation of CAP and family farming were just some of the topics discussed at the European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA) in recent weeks.

Thanks to sponsorship from HOPS Labour Solutions and Mole Valley Farmers, representatives from NFYFC travelled across Europe to attend CEJA events and discuss issues affecting Young Farmers across the UK and Europe.

At a recent Working Group trip to Beauvais, France, Young Farmers learnt of the approach that the European Union and the United States are taking towards a free trade partnership.  The TTIP agreement could lead to farmers in Europe competing against practices that are commonplace in America. These include the use of genetically modified ingredients and growth hormones.

With support from NFYFC, CEJA has raised concerns over TTIP and has called for the EU and US to be more open and transparent in their negotiations. Charlotte Johnston, from Warwickshire FYFC (pictured above), attended the event, during which, she tweeted: “Greater transparency needed in EU and US TTIP negotiations to include producers earlier on in discussions”.

Young Farmers also learnt, at the Copa Cogeca Conference in early October, that farmers in other countries have access to grant funding from their Government, yet farmers in England and Wales do not.

Due to differing implementation of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), UK farmers are being denied potentially-vital funding.

Ed Ford, chairman of Essex Young Farmers, attended the event in Brussels. He said: “26,000 Young Farmers have been assisted with funding in France and only 19 have been assisted in the UK. This is because none of the UK Administrations have implemented the Capital Grant Funding for Young Farmers.

“It is important that NFYFC and all of its members make clear to the Government that Young Farmers in other nations have access to up to 70,000 Euros of grant funding per year and yet Young Farmers in England and Wales do not.”

On a more positive note, the European Investment Bank (EIB) has expressed its commitment to Young Farmers. The bank approved CEJA’s request to guarantee agricultural loans to farmers under 40, allowing Young Farmers to have access to cheaper rates of interest.

Meanwhile, at the International Summit of Young Farmers, NFYFC learnt that family farmers were the best people to achieve sustainability within agriculture. Farmers from 50 countries attended the event in Bordeaux and signed a manifesto pledging to implement proposals making family farming a solution for the future.

For further information about NFYFC’s recent CEJA trips, please visit www.nfyfc.org.uk/ceja.


06 November 2014

As the deadline looms for Young Farmers to submit their applications for next year's travel programme, NFYFC are to host a YFC Travel discussion on Twitter.

The Twitter chat will take place from 8pm - 9pm on Wednesday 12th November. It is aimed at people who are thinking of applying for trips next year but are not quite sure what they are letting themselves in for.

The idea for a forum came during the Personal Development Steering Group meeting at Council Weekend. NFYFC held a similar forum last year, with 25 people taking part, including members from Junior Farmers’ Association of Canada.

Members who have previously travelled on the YFC Travel programme are being encouraged to share their experiences and answer any questions for any hesitant applicants.

If you are on Twitter, you can join in on the conversation and share some of your own travel experiences by using #yfctravel.

The deadline for applications to reach the YFC Centre is Friday 14th November.


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