National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

15 April 2015

As thousands of Young Farmers descend upon Torquay to enjoy their first Annual Convention, one member from Wiltshire is sadly missing out - but for a very good reason.

Luke Cox,18 and Malmesbury YFC member for eight years, has given up the opportunity to attend his first Annual Convention, as he will be taking part in his first London Marathon!

Luke is running on behalf of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. He was on the waiting list to run for the MS Society Team, so held off buying AGM tickets until he knew if he was going to be on the team. Luckily for him, he got the call and will be taking part in the world famous marathon on Sunday 26th April - the same day as the NFYFC's Annual General Meeting.

Luke has always been an active member of Young Farmers. He was Junior Chairman of Malmesbury YFC when they won the Wiltshire County Rally in 2011. Last year, he was Senior Sports Representative and won the Sports Cup for the year. Since last year, Luke has had to take a step back from Young Farmers as he is studying Agriculture at Reading University.

Luke is also no stranger to long-distance running. In September 2013, he ran 3 half marathons in 15 days, running on three consecutive Sundays, raising £635 for Prostate Cancer UK. He is aiming to complete the London Marathon in approximately four hours.

"I have always enjoyed running to a certain extent, but I never realised that the London Marathon would be so tough" said Luke. "I naively thought that I would be able to easily just keep running until the end, because I was never completely exhausted after my half marathons. However, any distance past about 18 miles is extremely challenging for me, and when I run the full distance on the day I am going to have to use the support from those watching me to get me through the last few miles."

Luke said: "Because I have just turned 18, this would have been the first AGM I could have gone to. Whilst I am gutted to miss it, South West Area Weekend on the 7th and 8th of March was a fantastic introduction to Young Farmers weekends, and has hopefully set me up for AGM next year.

"Thanks to the generosity of my family and friends, I have already surpassed this target of £2,000, and the money is still coming in. The donations will support those who suffer from MS, which is neurological condition that affects over 100,000 people in the UK. The disease can be tough to deal with, but the MS Society help sufferers get emotional support, benefits guidance and the right to care. I chose to run for the MS Society because I spent 2 weeks in Portugal with someone who was suffering from it, and they way in which they coped and carried on with their daily life was fantastic to see. It made me realise how important it was for sufferers to receive the maximum support available to them, in order to enable them to be as self-sufficient as possible."

To make a donation to Luke's marathon challenge, go to Alternatively, you can text LCOX96 followed by either £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070.

10 April 2015

The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) is backing a campaign to ensure that its over-18 members have their say at this year’s General Election.

The Federation has pledged its support to the British Youth Council’s ‘League of Young Voters’ campaign, which aims to tell young people why voting matters. NFYFC is encouraging all Young Farmers, who are eligible to vote, to ensure that they are registered in time.

Voting in the General Election takes place on Thursday 7th May, but the deadline to register to vote is Monday 20th April.

The League of Young Voters is a politically neutral initiative that aims to amplify young people's concerns and expectations in the run-up to elections. It was set up before the European elections last year and is a movement across Europe designed by young people, for young people.

The British Youth Council have been selected as the UK national branch of the campaign and will be delivering activities, events and stunts as part of the campaign over the upcoming year, laying the foundations for a General Election campaign.

Hannah Talbot, chair of NFYFC, said: “One of the great things about NFYFC is that it is the members that steer the Federation in the direction they desire. They shape not only the future of the NFYFC,  but influence agriculture as a whole. Democracy is an essential part of our organisation, but it is also essential that members have their voice heard outside of Young Farmers.

“A lot of members will be within voting age and many will be voting for the first time.  There is this stigma with young people that politics doesn’t interest them; most of them will choose not to vote as they believe their voices aren’t heard. But politics affects every one of our members and it is so important that they make their vote count and have their say on issues that concern them.”

Click here to find out more about The League of Young Voters, which offers great advice on how to vote and which political party is right for you. You can also find out more about them on Facebook and Twitter.

You can also help spread the message about encouraging people to vote by clicking here.

07 April 2015

A Young Farmer from Staffordshire has won herself a free 3-day pass to this year's Annual Convention in Torquay.

Georgie Brighton, from Uttoxeter YFC, is the lucky recipient of a weekend pass, having submitted her cow onesie photo (pictured above) back in October. Georgie's photo was taken at 2013's Annual Convention in Blackpool and is of her and her friend from Uttoxeter YFC, Izzy Durose. 

Georgie said: "The theme was boiler suits, but we decided to think out side the box! I'm over the moon!  Izzy and I have loved seeing it on the AGM marketing material. It brings back so many great memories of the weekend! Can't wait for this year's AGM to take even more photos!!"

If you missed out on this prize, fear not! There are still other competitions to enter.

You have until 6th April to enter our Face of Convention competition, which will win you backstage passes to Convention, where you could meet the Radio 1 DJs. Your face will also be featured on the next cover of Ten26.

Young Farmers Clothing are giving away 10 free official polo shirts for this year's Annual Convention. All you have to do is 'Like' their Facebook page. The winner will be picked at random on 10th April.

Headline sponsor, Massey Ferguson, are giving away a pair of tickets to their exclusive guest lounge for the whole of Convention weekend. Entrants must be received by 17th April. Click here for more details.

02 April 2015

Massey Ferguson is encouraging Young Farmers to make the most of every minute of this year’s Annual Convention. The tractor giants have been officially unveiled as the headline sponsor of NFYFC’s 2015 Annual Convention, which takes place in Torquay from 24-26 April.

It is the third year in a row that Massey Ferguson has sponsored the event. Their sponsorship of this event, generally considered the biggest event in the NFYFC calendar, further emphasises the company’s active support for the next generation of farmers.

Campbell Scott, Massey Ferguson’s director of sales, engineering and brand development, said: “Massey Ferguson has always been very interested in the issues and concerns facing the farmers of the future. We decided a few years ago to make that more than just a passing interest and formalise an arrangement and partnership with Young Farmers.”

Campbell (pictured right) said that he was particularly looking forward to this year’s AGRI Forum, where the theme is “What is your future in farming?”

In response to that question, Campbell said: “For anybody involved in the farming industry, including ourselves, the future looks bright. Having said that, there is a huge raft of economic, political, technological and social challenges facing Young Farmers at the moment. We need the brightest, most enthusiastic and committed people to address those challenges, so that the bright future, that we all believe is possible, will actually happen.”

Campbell had one prevailing piece of advice for all Young Farmers attending Convention.

“There is something for everyone. The overriding rule is ‘Work Hard, Play Hard’! This is a social occasion. It’s an opportunity to meet like-minded people from across the country and start building up relationships and friendships that can last for a lifetime. But there is also definitely an opportunity to study and listen to what is going on in the world of farming.

“You don’t need to agree with everything that you hear, but when you go back to your own farm, you can reflect on what you’ve picked up and see how you can apply it to your own operation.”

As part of Massey Ferguson’s sponsorship deal, they are giving away a pair of tickets to the exclusive Massey Ferguson Lounge to one lucky individual. To be in with a chance of winning these tickets, all you need to do is correctly answer the following question:

“Where did Massey Ferguson send one of its tractors on an expedition to in December 2014?”

Simply send your answer, along with your name and the name of your club to Entrants must also provide the name, club and email address of the Young Farmer who they would like to accompany them.

This competition is only open to YFC members who have weekend tickets for the Annual Convention in Torquay. The tickets are valid for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday night of Convention from 9:00pm-2:00am. The winner will be selected at random on Friday 17th April.

01 April 2015

Three teams from different corners of the country will battle it out at the national finals of the Performing Arts - Pantomime competition, sponsored by Massey Ferguson.

Whitley Chapel YFC of Northumberland and Cheriton & Tedburn YFC of Devon will join Aberedw YFC of Radnor at the final at the Annual Convention in Torquay.

At the Northern regional final in Retford, Whitley Chapel (pictured above) shot down their rivals from Cumbria, Bedfordshire and Derbyshire with their Wild West themed pantomime, "The Good, The Bad and The Panto".

Meanwhile, Cheriton & Tedburn (pictured right) won their Southern regional final in Weston-Super-Mare, seeing off challenges from Herefordshire and Gloucestershire. The judges were particularly impressed with their performance of 'Rehooded' a spin-off of the classic Robin Hood story.

Club chairman Dan Grist, who plays Robin Hood's son, Billy Hood, expressed his delight at his team's success, tweeting: "What a huge weekend for Cheriton & Tedburn YFC!! Bring on Nationals! #proudchairman @DevonYFC @SouthWestAreaYF".

Wales representatives, Aberedw YFC (pictured bottom right), complete the line-up with their performance of 'The Magic Bone', which tells the story of a crisis in Nursery Rhyme Land, which is being taken over by the evil Creuella.

The three teams will go head-to-head at the national final at the Princess Theatre in Torquay on Saturday 25th April. Tickets for the final are available to the general public, costing £10 for adults and £5 for concessions. For more information and to book your tickets, please contact Gill Harrison, NFYFC competitions officer, on 02476 857225, or email her at Doors will open at 1:00pm.

To see the full results from the Northern and Southern regional finals, click here.


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