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16 December 2014

The levy increase, staff management and the importance of communication were just some of the topics discussed at the NFYFC County Chair Day.

County Chairs and Vice-Chairs from across the country descended upon Coventry on Sunday 7th December to discuss best practices and pick up some vital tips that they can bring back to their respective counties.

The theme of the day was 'Kick Start Your Year', with the aim to try and give the chairs and vice-chairs the motivation and confidence they need and how get 2015 off to the best start possible within their counties.

The event, run by NFYFC chair Claire Worden, vice-chair Hannah Talbot and NFYFC staff members, saw a very amicable discussion about the levy increase and how it has been implemented in each county. There were also some good discussions about working with county staff and promoting competition and Agriculture & Rural Affairs to their members.

The day concluded with some hints and tips with regards to communications and using social media at county level.

Ed Ford, chairman of Essex YFC (pictured right) said: "The chairmans training day was a brilliant opportunity to meet like minded people from across the country. It was great to see so much enthusiasm and I took away some really useful information especially on how to get the most from social media which is a very effective way of communicating these days".

For anyone who was unable to attend the event, you can find all of the information from the day, including booking forms for AGRI courses and a guide for using social media here.

County Chairs Day will return in 2015 and details will be released in the new year.

08 December 2014

36 Young Farmers across England and Wales are bracing themselves for the trip of a lifetime in 2015 after being selected for next year's YFC Travel Programme, and there is still a chance to get involved.

The successful NFYFC members attended a YFC Travel Selection Day, sponsored by NFU Mutual, in Coventry on Saturday 6th December. Each of them were put through their paces with a variety of activities and interviews to determine why they were suitable candidates to represent NFYFC around the world.

Angharad Thomas of Shropshire FYFC will be venturing all the way to Australia next year, while Alice Morley of Derbyshire FYFC and Jesslyn Thay of Oxfordshire FYFC (all pictured right) will travel to the other side of the pond and experience agricultural life in America - the newest trip in the YFC Travel Programme.

Michelle Evans, of Rushbury & Cardington YFC in Shropshire, expressed her joy at being selected to go to a homestay trip to Germany in June. Michelle (pictured below, bottom row, far right), who is studying at Harper Adams University, said: "I was quite nervous about going to the interview day as I wasn't sure what to expect. Although it was a very long day, the interview was fine and the panel of judges were really interested in finding out more about me and why I would be a good person to represent YFC overseas. I'm so excited to be going to Germany next summer. After seeing the presentations at the selection day I know that I'm going to have no problem getting along with the members of the German Landjugend!"

As well as homestays, the YFC Travel programme also offers a range of working scholarships and team travel opportunities, with trips ranging from one week to three months. NFYFC has been providing these opportunities for more than 60 years. 

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 full list of successful applicants can be found here

Meanwhile, there are still two places available for next year's volunteering trip to India as well as the Tall Ships Sailing Trip.

A YFC Travel Selection Day for the Tall Ships Trip will be held at YFC Centre in Stoneleigh on Sunday 1st February. For full details on the trip and how to apply, click here.

Head over to the NFYFC Facebook page for all of the photos from the event.


05 December 2014

Young Farmers are continuing to take advantage of the essential and free agricultural training that is available to them.

Thanks to funding from Defra, nine Young Farmers descended upon Savills Estate Agents in York on 4th December to learn about different forms of land occupation, including contract farming agreements, Farm Business Tenancies and Agricultural Holdings Act (AHA) tenancies. 

The training was delivered by Savills agribusiness consultant Richard Morley and Brian Daniel, NatWest’s agricultural relationship manager.

Both carried out presentations to the delegates, covering areas including 'Making best use of viewing days' and 'preparing for budgets'.

The feedback from the delegates who attended was very positive. Some of the comments included:

"Good informative training, which made you work, not just sit and listen."

"Very informative presentations and good knowledge from trainers."

"Useful hearing comments on cash and cashflow."

To learn more about up-and-coming Defra-funded courses, available to NFYFC members, please visit our Courses page.

02 December 2014

County staff from across the Midlands have been recognised for their Safeguarding skills by the NSPCC.

Six staff members participated in the NSPCC's 2-day Designated Safeguarding Officers course. The aim of the course was to give county staff more confidence in their safeguarding abilities and help them to deal with potentially very difficult situations with regards to the safety and well-being of Young Farmers within their respective counties.

The course covered a wide variety of very delicate areas, including recording and reporting abuse, dealing with sexual abuse and allegations against members of staff.

Julia Taylor, County Organiser at Staffordshire YFC (pictured third from the left), said: “It was a really interesting couple of days which has helped me realise, even more, how important good practice in Safeguarding is within our organisation. I would highly recommend that anyone who is a County Safeguarding Officer, takes up the opportunity to take a course like this as it has made me more confident in my role.”

If any other county staff members are interested in participating in this course, please contact the NFYFC Youth Development Officers, Cath Sykes and Jodie Green.  


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