22 October 2015
The first ever “National Young Farmers’ Week” will take place between 2nd and 8th November. Each weekday during “National Young Farmers’ Week” will consist of a theme relating to the opportunities available to all 25,000 of its members.
The week is part of a larger national campaign to try and encourage young people living in rural areas to join their local club – even if they are not from a farming or agricultural background.
One member who has benefited greatly from being a YFC member, despite having no experience in farming, is Jess Roche from Dunmow YFC in Essex.
Jess, who is currently studying law at Durham University, said: "If someone was to make an assumption about a Young Farmer stereotype, I guess I would be pretty far removed from it. I grew up in London I have no farming connections whatsoever. One of my friends wanted to go along and convinced me to join her for a meeting. I was pretty sceptical as what did I know about farming? However, I've never met a bunch of people who are so welcoming and made me feel so included.
"I'm very passionate about trying to encourage non farmers to join the federation as I've got an unbelievable amount out of being a member. It's helped me get into a top university as well as getting a job due to the valuable experiences and lessons I've learnt through participating in YFC activities.”
You can read more about Jess’ experiences as a Young Farmer by visiting www.nfyfc.org.uk/morethantractors. For more information about National Young Farmers’ Week, please visit www.nfyfc.org.uk/nationalyoungfarmersweek.
02 October 2015
Young Farmers are being offered the opportunity to prove how important their work is – by taking part in an innovative research project about supply chains.
Members of the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) are invited to take part in the project, called “MyChainReaction”, to help researchers and government understand supply chains, particularly within the agricultural industry. The project is being led by Professor Jan Godsell of the University of Warwick.
Young Farmers can use this project to post stories or upload pictures or videos demonstrating the important role they play within the supply chain and explain how their produce ends up with the consumer.
Supply chains within agriculture have received plenty of attention in recent weeks, particularly in light of the recent crisis within the dairy industry.
Lynsey Martin, NFYFC AGRI chairwoman said: “We have seen significant changes to the dairy sector in recent weeks because the supply chain has become more visible to the public. They now have a better understanding of why dairy farmers are struggling to make ends meet in the current market and progress has been made to improve the situation. It would be really good if we could keep up this momentum across the whole of the agricultural industry, as well as doing our bit to help highlight food chain issues back to government.”
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