National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

02 November 2015

Today (2nd November) marks the start of the first ever “National Young Farmers’ Week” – a week celebrating one of the biggest rural youth organisations in the UK.

As part of the NFYFC’s Recruitment & Retention campaign, sponsored by the Rural Youth Trust, each weekday of ‘National Young Farmers’ Week’ will consist of a theme relating to the amazing experiences and opportunities that come with being a YFC member.

Today’s theme in National Young Farmers’ Week focuses on a subject which is at the heart of YFC and has been since the first club was founded almost a century ago – Agriculture and Rural Issues (AGRI).

Interacting with government bodies and industry leaders, such as the NFU, the NFYFC aims to be the voice of the UK’s rural youth and the next generation of farmers. The Federation was established for the purpose of advancing the education of its members and their knowledge of agriculture, rural issues and country life. It also aims to promote agriculture as an attractive and viable career choice.

By being a Young Farmer, Gemma Parkinson of Corringham YFC, Lincolnshire, has gained life skills and vocational training which have helped her secure a career in agriculture.

Gemma said: “I have held several positions at club and county level including club treasurer, social secretary, programme secretary, county safeguarding officer, county deputy treasurer and youth forum co-ordinator, as well as sitting on the management committee.

“I’m not from a farming background but, after a lot of hard work, I have just secured a job as a farm secretary on a large farm in Lincolnshire and next year I will be studying a part time degree around my job. Eventually, I would like to become a bovine nutritionist. I feel so lucky to have been given this opportunity and I honestly don't think it would have been possible without the skills and experiences I have gained from being a Young Farmer.”

For further information about the NFYFC’s role within agriculture and rural issues, please visit: www.nfyfc.org.uk/agri. You can also read more about the NFYFC’s recruitment and retention campaign by visiting www.nfyfc.org.uk/RecruitmentandRetentionCampaign2015.


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