National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

28 May 2015

NFYFC Chairman, Hannah Talbot, is urging her fellow members to join her as she takes on her first ever half marathon. Hannah for Young Farmers to join her team, known as ‘Hannah’s Dashers’, and run the Great Birmingham Run on Sunday 18th October.

Hannah launched this challenge, sponsored by Young Farmers Clothing, back in February when she was elected as Chairman of Council for 2015. Her aim with this challenge is to raise the profile of the work that NFYFC do in communities. She also believes that this challenge complements the NFYFC’s ethos in helping its members achieve their goals.

Around 25 Young Farmers have already signed up to take part, each of whom will be running for a charity of their choice. But Hannah is calling on more members to join her team.

Hannah said: “I truly believe that if you look at all of the good causes that YFC helps across the country, you would see that they make a practical difference to a wide range of people. I’d like to capture what is actually done with the money raised, and use it as a snapshot to highlight how important Young Farmers’ Clubs are for real communities and beyond.  

“I’d like as many members as possible to take up the challenge and run the half marathon for a charity of their choosing. I have chosen to run for Macmillan Cancer Support, as many people close to me and my friends have been affected by cancer in recent times, and I know what an invaluable support they can be for both the sufferer and their families.

“The half marathon challenge is about more than publicity for NFYFC though.  I believe it’s really important to set yourself personal challenges to encourage you to step outside of your comfort zone and strive to achieve the most that you can. Nearly everyone who has signed up for the run is a first time half marathon runner, there is plenty of time left to train.  What more are you waiting for?!”

To enter, simply go to the Great Birmingham Run website and then email Hannah at to let her know that you’ve signed up. You can keep up to date with the team’s preparations for the Great Birmingham Run on Twitter, by using the hashtag #HannahsDashers.

28 May 2015

A little bit of stress can be a good thing as it motivates us to knuckle down and work hard. But exams can make stress levels get out of hand, which can stop us from performing our best. So it's important to address it and get it back under control.

Stress Symptoms

Look out for prolonged or extreme cases of the following if you feel the work's piling up:

  • Difficulty getting to sleep or difficulty waking up in the morning
  • Constant tiredness
  • Forgetfulness
  • Unexplained aches and pains
  • Poor appetite
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Increased anxiety and irritability
  • Increased heart rate
  • Migraines/headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Dizziness

If you've noticed three or more of the above symptoms and you've experienced them for a few weeks you may need to do something about your stress levels.

How to manage exam stress

  • Learn to recognise when you're stressing out. A break or a chat with someone who knows the pressure you're under will get things into perspective.
  • Avoid comparing your abilities with your mates. Those "Oh my God I've only read Macbeth 17 times" conversations are such a wind up. Everyone approaches revision in different ways, so just make sure you've chosen the method that works best for you. Make a realistic timetable. Stick to it.
  • Eat right. Treat yourself like a well honed machine - eat fresh fruit and veg and have a proper breakfast. Fuel your brain as well as your body - no one can think straight on coffee and chocolate.
  • Sleep well. Wind down before bed and don't revise under the duvet - your bed is a sanctuary, not a desk. Get your eight hours.
  • Exercise. Nothing de-stresses the mind faster than physical activity, so build it into your timetable. Being a sloth makes our mind sloppy too.
  • Panic is often triggered by hyperventilating (quick, shallow breaths). So if you feel yourself losing it during the exam, sit back for a moment and control your breathing. Deep breath in and out through the nose, counting to five each way.
  • Steer clear of any exam 'post-mortem'. It doesn't matter what your mate wrote for Question 3(b), it's too late to go back and change your answers, so it will just make you worry even more.

Ultimately, don't lose sight of the fact that there is life after exams. Things might seem intense right now, but it won't last forever.

Taken from BBC Radio 1 – exam stress series

Help and support

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01 May 2015

Massey Ferguson is very pleased to announce this brand new, joint initiative with the National Federation of Young Farmers.  

Home Grown Talent is about recognising, supporting and rewarding young people who want to be part of the agricultural industry but are unsure about the path they would like to take in this early stage of their career development.

This new initiative is open to Young Farmers aged between 10 and 16 who are keen to pursue a career in agriculture. Through the scheme, Massey Ferguson will provide two people with the chance to learn new skills and gain valuable industry knowledge, through training, fun and experience.

Lindsay Haddon, Advertising and Sales Promotion Manager says, “Massey Ferguson is passionate about the future of farming. The next generation of farmers are the key to our success and as a company we stand by our commitment to support them, along with our dealers, wherever we can. Already this year we have had some great examples of Young Farmers who have had the opportunity to work with us and in turn this has opened new doors for them on their career path”.

Hannah Talbot, NFYFC Chair of Council, said: “Our members really like to see such an important company within the agricultural industry showing that they care about young people and investing in the future of agriculture. The Home Grown Talent campaign is an unprecedented venture between Massey Ferguson and the younger members of NFYFC, that further re-enforces the support that Massey Ferguson are offering to our members and the commitment they are showing to the next generation of farming.”

What is a Home Grown Talent Ambassador?

Two Young Farmers (one male and one female) will each be offered the opportunity to become a Home Grown Talent Ambassador. As Ambassadors, the two winning Young Farmers will have a tailored programme created for them by Massey Ferguson. This programme will support them to learn more about the industry and hopefully give them an idea about what they would like to do in the future. Included in this tailor made programme will be:

  • A trip to Massey Ferguson’s factory in Beauvais, France, for you and a parent/guardian.
  • Work experience and activities with Massey Ferguson. These will be held during school holidays (area of work to be agreed between both parties).
  • An expenses paid trip to an agriculture/trade show with Massey Ferguson for you and a parent/guardian.
  • The opportunity to spend time with a Massey Ferguson mentor. 

Read more about how to apply via our dedicated Home Grown Talent webpage.


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