National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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13 November 2015

The nation is split over whether farming is a high-tech industry, according to a new survey commissioned by the NFU.

Results of the YouGov poll revealed 43 per cent of adults class farming as high-tech compared to 38 per cent of people who don’t. 19 per cent were unsure.

This Saturday, seven young farmers (including three YFC members), will accompany representatives from the NFU and the Worshipful Company of Farmers for this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show. They will demonstrate how farming has transformed itself into a modern, forward-thinking industry and adopted cutting-edge technology such as robotic milking systems, GPS, drones, solar energy and electronic identification of livestock. 

The young farmers all use different aspects of technology and will promote farming to the crowds of more than half a million people expected to line the route of the three mile procession through the City of London. 

NFU President Meurig Raymond said: “It’s great to see that nearly half the population recognise farming as a modern, high-tech industry and events such as the Lord Mayor’s Show allow us to promote that to a wider audience. The challenge we now face is to get that message out to those people who don’t realise agriculture is at the forefront of state-of-the-art cutting-edge technology. 

“We know young people are very tech-savvy and I want them to be able to see the opportunities available to use those skills as part of a career in agriculture and its allied industries to help us deliver high quality food by developing an efficient, thriving, profitable and sustainable industry to meet the demands of a growing population.

“All of us at the NFU are very honoured to be once again partnering the Worshipful Company of Farmers and John Deere. I know the parade on Saturday will be the culmination of months of hard work and a huge team effort from all sides and I wish them the best of luck.”


09 November 2015

The NFYFC staged its first ever "National Young Farmers' Week" in November, thanks to sponsorship from the Rural Youth Trust.

Clubs and counties from all over the country pulled together to celebrate the wonderful world of Young Farmers. Each weekday during National Young Farmers' Week consisted of a theme relating to Young Farmers, including competitions, travel and personal development.

The purpose of the week was to raise the profile of Young Farmers and promote all of the fantastic experiences and opportunities that come with being a Young Farmer - and it paid off! Over the week, the hashtag #NationalYoungFarmersWeek was Tweeted 131 times (excluding RTs) and reached an audience of nearly 280,000 people. #MoreThanTractors reached 200,000 people and #YFCDoItBest reached 185,000. 

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2016's National Young Farmers' Week has already been booked and will take place over the week of 19th-25th September. Start sending us your ideas for how we can make the week even better, by emailing us at

06 November 2015

Today (6th November) marks the final weekday of National Young Farmers’ Week.

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

This week, a lot of subjects have been discussed about why being a Young Farmer is so great. But for many YFC members, there is one significant reason why they sign up – for the pure enjoyment of being a Young Farmer. And that’s what today’s theme is all about – social and leisure.

For many young people, growing up in a rural area and spending many hours working on a farm can be a lonely experience. That is why YFCs, with their strong support networks, are so important to the well-being of young people in rural areas. Signing up as a YFC member gives those affected by rural isolation the chance to meet new people and take part in new and enjoyable social experiences.

YFC members are renowned for enjoying an active and dynamic social life. These can range from bowling nights with some close YFC friends, to the NFYFC’s Annual Convention, which sees over 5,000 Young Farmers from all over the country to get together for one almighty party.

One Young Farmer who has benefited from an improved social life as a result of signing up, is Matthew Tucker from Neath YFC in Glamorgan. Matthew said: “Before Young Farmers, I was heavily involved in motorsport and even centred my degree around it, which led to me leading a fairly busy life with little social time available. As I packed in the sport, I needed something to occupy my time. My best friend had been a part of YFC for many years so it seemed an obvious choice. Since then my social life has turned on it head completely!

“There is something to do every night of the week across the county if you wanted to. I don't think I have missed a club night since I have started and activities here range from the cinema to sports and outings in order to cater for the various age groups. I have also gained a large but close knit group of friends that I would not do without. I have only been in YFC for 3 years but I believe with an organisation such as this you can do and achieve so much in a short space of time.”

Next year’s NFYFC Annual Convention will take place at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool from 6th-8th May 2016. Tickets will be available to buy over the next couple of weeks. Head over to for further information. You can also read more about the NFYFC’s recruitment and retention campaign by visiting

05 November 2015

Today (5th November) is day 4 of “National Young Farmers’ Week” – a week celebrating all things Young Farmers.

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

Bonfire night is always a popular evening amongst our clubs across England and Wales and one of the reasons why people join their local club is because they have a “burning” desire to better themselves and pick up some new skills. And that is what today’s theme is all about - training and development.

NFYFC offers a huge range of training and development opportunities to help Young Farmers brush up their skills or learn something completely new that can help them as individuals, as well as their YFC. In recent years, NFYFC has developed some fantastic resources, such as The Curve and The Source to help members realise their full potential.

Just by taking on a role in the running of their club, members are automatically learning essential leadership and team working skills. This certainly applies to Richard Darlington of Butsfield YFC in County Durham.

Richard said: “If I had to put into words how Young Farmers has developed my skills in everyday life then I would have to write a book. Obviously the main skill that most young farmers would say they have learnt is the ability to socialise. Over the past two years I have learnt a great deal. Recently we have been organising fundraising events to raise money for our club building, as Butsfield is the one of the only clubs to own their own premises in the country. I have learnt about planning, communication, public speaking and organisation which in turn helped me organise my own life as I have taken on more responsibilities as I get older. Last year, I obtained a honours degree in Agriculture without any A-levels, which would not be possible without Young Farmers. 

“Because of the training I have received with Young Farmers, I am now Chairman of Butsfield YFC and very proud. I’m also an NFU county representative and have met people who I would never have been in contact with before, from land agents to electricians. If you have just joined Young Farmers or are thinking of joining and may be slightly shy, the best way to get involved is to compete in speaking competitions, as they give you skills that you will use forever.”

For further information about how YFC can help you with training and development, visit You can also read more about the NFYFC’s recruitment and retention campaign by visiting

04 November 2015

We are approaching the halfway stage of “National Young Farmers’ Week” and YFCs all over the country have been celebrating their club and everything that is great about being a Young Farmer.  As part of the NFYFC’s Recruitment & Retention campaign (sponsored by the Rural Youth Trust), each weekday of “National Young Farmers’ Week” consists of a theme relating to the amazing experiences and opportunities that come with being a YFC member.

Today’s theme for “National Young Farmers’ Week” (4th November) is competitions. From singing to stockjudging, competitions have been at the heart of YFC for years.

Not only are competitions a brilliant motivator for club members to have a go at something new and broaden their experiences, they are also a fantastic tool for counties and clubs to meet their charitable objectives of promoting education and learning.

Each year the NFYFC competitions programme includes a mix of traditional rural and agricultural activities, sport, art, life and vocational skills, as well as competitions that help develop public speaking talents - for which YFC members have become renowned.

Since she joined her local club six years ago, Eleanor Holme, of Skelton YFC in Cumbria, has been a regular participant in club, county and national competitions. From streetdancing to Junior Member of the Year, Eleanor has done it all.

Known as “Nen” to her friends, she said: “My first competition in 2009 was badminton. Amazingly, we got through to the National Finals.  Since then, I've entered various competitions each year – and participated in many national finals. In 2010/11, I was part of the Junior Reading team that got through to the National final in Stafford.  In 2011/12, we got through to the National finals in Torquay for the Streetdance competition which was amazing. We didn't win but we got a hug from Matt Baker!  In 2012/13, I was in the Cheerleading squad and again, we got through to the National Finals in Blackpool. In 2013/14, it was Disco Dancing and again, we reached the National finals in Blackpool.  Again, no medals, but a lot of fun.  The standard at the National finals in all of these competitions has been so high and I was very proud to have even been there.  
“All of these opportunities have been amazing. They have given me so much confidence and I have learnt new skills from everything I have done.  I've not previously had that many opportunities to get up on a stage to sing, act and dance, but through taking part in the Young Farmers pantomime, the entertainments and the drama competitions, I have been able to do that.  Also, taking part in Junior Member of the Year helped me to practice interview and presentation skills.  But most of all, I have had so much fun and love being part of my club.”

The 2015/16 NFYFC competitions programme is available on our website, where you will see a full list of the competitions that are on offer to Young Farmers. Simply go to You can also read more about the NFYFC’s recruitment and retention campaign by visiting

03 November 2015

The first ever “National Young Farmers’ Week” is well underway – 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.

On day 2 of “National Young Farmers’ Week” (3rd November), it’s time to put on those hiking boots and unearth your sense of adventure, as today’s theme is all about travel.

Since the dawn of YFC, thousands of young farmers have taken part in the YFC Travel programme, which offers YFC members the chance to enjoy a different culture and see what farming is like in another country. Past discoverers have tackled white water rapids in Canada, helped out in an ice cream factory in Sweden, shorn sheep in New Zealand and built schools in Uganda.

So where will your curiosity take you? Earlier this year, it took Angharad Thomas of Whitchurch YFC, Shropshire all the way to Australia.

Angharad said: “Being the other side of the world, I got talking to a few people who had strong connections back home and I met up with some of these people later on during my exchange which was great. It was really home from home.

“Some of the main highlights would have to include going on the north coast tasting trail, feeding a wallaby, meeting a Kuala and getting a 950 dairy herd in on quad bikes for milking.  But the main highlight of all was the people that I was fortunate to spend time with. I met some of the most amazing people and have made memories that will stay with me forever.

“I have gained confidence and learnt a lot about myself whilst being away, broadened my opinion about general day to day life and experienced things that I would never have done otherwise.  If you have the opportunity to go on any exchange then take it with open arms as I'm sure you will have the time of your life like I have done. If I could I would do this all over again tomorrow.”

Applications for 2016's YFC Travel trips are due by 13th November. For further information about the trips on offer, go to You can also read more about the NFYFC’s recruitment and retention campaign by visiting


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