National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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27 February 2015


Five Radio 1 DJs will be entertaining thousands of Young Farmers this April in Torquay and two of them are back by popular demand!
 
Members ranked Chris Stark and Aled Haydn Jones as two of the best DJs at last year’s Convention in Blackpool and now they have been asked to come back and do it all again in Torquay! 
 
New faces to the Young Farmers’ bash include Huw Stephens, who has a Wednesday night slot on Radio 1 and is also a regular face on the BBC in Wales, Alice Levine who is a radio and TV presenter and recently covered The Brit Awards for Radio 1, and Dev Griffin who presents the weekend breakfast show on Radio 1.  
 
To add to the excitement on Sunday night when Chris Stark and Dev Griffin will be on stage – Convention-goers can also enjoy a Foam Party. This bubbly surprise will be a frothy extra to the entertainment on stage, which also includes a performance from The RJP Band. 
 
Other bands performing during the weekend are Hype Deluxe and the MIB Band – all top outfits that are used to playing large crowds.  
 
The exciting line up was announced by the Events and Marketing Steering Group during the Council weekend. One of the Steering Group’s responsibilities is to suggest acts for the annual event and help guide ideas for activities for members during the weekend. 
 
More news and updates about the Annual Convention can be found on the dedicated Annual Convention website


19 February 2015

NFU Mutual, the UK’s leading rural insurer, is once again offering the Centenary Award for postgraduate students in agriculture.

The award gives annual bursaries to pay up to 75% of course fees for selected post graduate students in agriculture (Masters or PhD).

The Centenary Award is a long-term scheme, run by the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust, and was launched in 2010 to celebrate the 100th birthday of NFU Mutual.  To date 23 students have received bursaries for their studies.

The award is open to students who have gained, or are expected to gain, a 2:1 or above in agriculture or a closely related degree, and have been accepted or provisionally accepted on a Masters or PhD course in agriculture in the UK starting in Autumn 2015.

To select the students the judging panel will be looking for applicants who are not only excellent academic performers, but are also committed to the future of agriculture.

The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust has specifically identified three topic areas of interest for eligible students:

  • Sustainable agriculture and climate change
  • International agricultural development
  • The application of science and innovative technology to the agricultural industry 

Prospective postgraduate students who think they may be eligible to apply for the award in 2015 should contact centenary_award@nfumutual.co.uk to request further details and an application form.

The closing date for applications relating to courses starting Autumn 2015 is 30th April 2015.


17 February 2015

NFYFC has once again teamed up with Country Living Magazine to offer Young Farmers a chance to win tickets to their Spring Fair (18th - 22nd March).

You could be the lucky winner of one of FIVE pairs of tickets to the show, which promises to give lots of inspirational ideas for the home and garden.

Taking place at the Business Design Centre, Islington, The Country Living Spring Fair is fresh and bright and full of lovely things and creative ideas that bring a touch of the countryside into the home to herald that summer is on its way. It has all the ingredients for a special day out, offering inspiration for the house and the garden with hundreds of unusual items – furniture, furnishings and fashion - hand-picked from companies that you won't find on the high street. There are expert demonstrations in the Spring Lifestyle Theatre, and hands on workshops to encourage your own creativity.

New features at the 2015 Fair will see a Producers Village at the front of the Fair. Visitors can also stop by to meet traditional farmers, kitchen table bakers, artisan chocolatiers and organic wine makers. Meanwhile, located on the Gallery level is the Newcomers Market, acting as a launchpad for talented artisans that celebrates a wonderful variety of makers, crafters, designers and producers from across the UK. Click here for more information about the Spring Fair.

To be in with a chance of winning one of five pairs of tickets, all you need to do is answer the following question:

Q. What is the fancy dress theme for this year's NFYFC Annual Convention in Torquay?

Just send your answer to magazine@nfyfc.org.uk, with your name, the name of your club, address and telephone number, by 12:00pm on Monday 9th March 2015 to be in with a chance of winning!

The five winners will be chosen at random and contacted after the competition has finished. The winning tickets will allow access for one day at the Spring Fair. You must be a member of the NFYFC and have an up-to-date membership card to take part.

If you are a Young Farmer but not lucky enough to be a winner of this competition, you can still apply to get discounted tickets for the fair, simply visit www.nfyfc.org.uk/deal-countrylivingspring (You will need your account login details to access this offer).


12 February 2015

The success of the Forage Aid tractor run would not have been possible were it not for the contribution of Young Farmers, according to its founder, Andrew Ward.

The tractor run completed its 220-mile journey from Sedgemoor in Somerset to the Energy Now Expo in Telford on Wednesday (11th February). Young Farmers from Somerset, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Shropshire all helped out on the three day drive, alongside Essex YFC Chairman and Forage Aid trustee, Ed Ford.

The run took place a year after the devastating floods in Somerset. Young Farmers played a huge role in helping all farmers affected by the flooding get back on their feet. The tractor run hit a few challenges on the way, including some narrow roads and an extremely low bridge, but the team completed the challenge, arriving at the Expo bang on schedule.

Upon arrival at the Expo, the Forage Aid team were presented with a cheque for £15,000 by Anglian Farmers, which will go a long way to helping farmers affected by flooding and other adverse weather conditions in the future.

Ed Ford said: "It's been a hell of a journey over the last few days. We hit a few bumps on the way and annoyed a couple of the locals but we managed to smooth everything over! We also had some difficulty with a particularly low bridge and there was less than three of four centimetres crawling under it. But all of the Young Farmers helped to pull it out of the bag.

"They've been really supportive and their driving has been particularly excellent. Forage Aid simply wouldn't have been possible without the help of the Young Farmers." 

And Andrew Ward, a former Young Farmer in Lincolnshire, was also delighted by the efforts of Young Farmers who helped on the way. 

"This has taken a huge amount of effort and organisation on everybody's part, including Young Farmers, but we've done it and it's been very worthwhile" said Andrew.

"This has been a great way for Young Farmers to get involved and this is why Forage Aid has worked so well. We could really connect with Young Farmers in the future. Whichever area is affected next, we can speak to the Young Farmers in that area and get their help.

"We couldn't have done this without the help of the Young Farmers. It's good exposure for the whole Young Farmers federation." 


09 February 2015

Archery and shooting were on the agenda at this year's Youth Forum residential trip, as the steering group elected its new chairman.

Danielle McNulty of Gloucestershire YFC (pictured right) was elected chairman of the Youth Forum for 2015, having served as the group's vice chairman in 2014. She replaces outgoing chairman, Sioned Davies, with Cumbria YFC's Amy Swinbank taking over as vice chairman.

10 members ventured over to the Isle of Man for the Youth Forum's annual residential weekend. As well as archery and shooting, the group enjoyed other fun-filled activities, including abseiling and tackling an assault course.

They also enjoyed an evening meal with members of Isle of Man YFC. 

Danielle, 19, said: "The Youth Forum had an amazing team building weekend away over on the Isle of Man! Air rifle shooting and archery brought our YFC competitiveness side out of us which was great!

"I was absolutely chuffed to be elected as the new Chairman, after a year as vice. I'm really looking forward to being a spokesperson for our younger members. I'm also looking forward to connecting with our younger members and ensuring that their voices are heard, which is the whole point of the Youth Forum. More than half of NFYFC members are under the age of 20 and each of their points of view are just as important as anyone elses.

"I've got some great plans for my year as chair, including building on our "Watch the Cowpat" game - not just for our younger audience but also for older members to show the importance of us valuing the traceability of our food."

The Youth Forum is made up of the winners of the Junior Member of the Year and a representative from each Area. Members have a place on the Forum for two years.  

Click here to find out more about the Youth Forum.


09 February 2015

The final route, drivers, and stop-offs for next week’s Forage Aid tractor run have been confirmed. Young Farmers from Somerset, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Shropshire will all take turns in driving part of the run and helping pick up donations en route.

 

The tractor run marks a year since the Somerset levels flooding, that devastated so many farms. It will kick off at Sedgemoor livestock market at 10:00am on Monday 9th February.

 

Ed Ford, chairman of Essex Young Farmers and one of the key players in setting up Forage Aid, will be driving through Gloucestershire and Herefordshire.

 

On Wednesday 11th February, at 11.00 am, the tractor and trailer will be driven into the Energy Now Expo, where a cheque for a whopping £15,000 will be presented to Ed, along with James Winslade, whose farm was badly affected by the floods and Andrew Ward, founder of Forage Aid.

 

Young Farmers played a pivotal role during the flooding last year and were keen to get involved once again. 

 

“Young Farmers from Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Somerset and Shropshire will be driving some of the route” says Ed.  “They’re keen to see funds raised for Forage Aid, and have been behind it from the start.”

 

Energy Now Expo organisers will donate 50p per visitor to the show to the charity, and the total will be announced at the Expo. 


Forage Aid is not just about providing feed for stock, explains the man behind the hugely successful operation, Lincolnshire farmer Andrew Ward.

 

“We want to be ready to help in any emergency,” he says.  “The pledged donations that we are picking up next week on this run will enable us to have funds that we can use to step in quickly and help farmers in need when necessary.”

 

To register for the Energy Now Expo, and see the tractor driving in on the 11th February next week, visit www.energynowexpo.co.uk  or call 01293 854405. Press can attend the Expo free of charge.

 

Click here for further information about the route of the tractor run.


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