National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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25 November 2015

Douglas Murray, a Yorkshire YFC member in his younger years and a lifetime stalwart of the Young Farmers’ organisation, passed away on Sunday 15 November 2015 at his home near Newhaven, East Sussex. 

Following some years as a Farm Manager, Doug, a staunch Yorkshireman, Doug took on the role of Club Leader of Wharfedale YFC from the mid-50s until 1962 when he was appointed County Organiser of the West Riding of Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs.  In the early ‘70s, and with strong support and guidance from neighbouring County Organisers, Doug took up a role with the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) as Advisory Officer for the Northern and West Midlands Areas of YFC. 

In 1976 he went on to become NFYFC Deputy Secretary, leading the NFYFC Competitions Programmes and working with sponsors to raise the funds to develop these activities.  In 1987 he took on the role of South East and South West Area Co-ordinator and retired to East Sussex in 1990. In gratitude for his long, dedicated service Doug  was made an Honorary Life Member of NFYFC in 1992.  Following his appointment as Advisory Member to Ringmer and Lewes YFC (Sussex FYFC) from 2012-14, he was elected Vice President of the Club.

Doug leaves behind his wife, Mary, two sons and a daughter and two stepsons. He will be sorely missed by many friends and former colleagues.

A Service of Thanksgiving will be held on Monday 30th November at 3pm in Piddinghoe Church, Piddinghoe, Newhaven, East Sussex.

19 November 2015

We regret to announce the sad news that Douglas (Doug) Murray, Hon Life Member of the NFYFC died at the weekend.

Doug spent very nearly his entire career working for the YFC organisation.  He worked for YFC in Yorkshire, was the NFYFC Northern Area Development Officer and worked at the YFC Centre for many years.  Doug was well liked and respected by the generations of YFC members and staff that he worked alongside – and did a tremendous amount of work on YFC competitions, training and the annual convention as well as many other topics.  Doug retired from the NFYFC more than 20 years ago.

Doug’s family can be contacted at the following address:-

Mary Masters
1 Deans Farm Cottages
East Sussex
Tel: 01273 517 824

A funeral Service will take place at 3pm on Monday 30th November 2015 at:-

St John’s Church
(Off Lewes Road)
East Sussex
BN9 9AP.

The family extends an invitation to all those wishing to attend the service.

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


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