National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

22 February 2016

Chris Manley outlined his plans for the future of Young Farmers after being elected chairman of the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC). Chris, of Culm Valley YFC in Devon, was elected by members of NFYFC’s national Council on Sunday (21st February) ahead of fellow-nominee, Jess Townson.

Chris will be deputised over the next 12 months by his newly-elected vice-chairs: Lynsey Martin of Ashford & District YFC in Kent and Ed Ford of Chelmsford YFC in Essex.

Having previously served two years as vice-chair of NFYFC, Chris plans to raise the profile of Young Farmers with various initiatives, including a blood-donation campaign.

Chris said: “The blood donation campaign is one that will relate to most members. It doesn’t cost any money but it has the potential to make a huge amount of difference to local communities, it is very linked to farm safety and doing good things like this in the local community will help to put Young Farmers on the map. 

“Alongside that, I’ve thought about how we can all learn from each County and Club and we’re going to refresh the Club Exchange. Throughout the summer months you’ll see a number of Clubs moving around the country, having a lot of enjoyment and seeing some farms, seeing some points of interest and that will only help to make Young Farmers even stronger.”

“I think the members can have confidence that we will do a really good job together. We’re a very approachable group and I’d like all the members to know that if they see us, they can come and say hello because we’re always eager to hear what they have to say and the chances are that they will have a golden nugget of an idea that we haven’t thought of that might improve things.”

For further information about NFYFC’s new Council and steering group teams, visit www.nfyfc.org.uk/council.

Click here to find out more about what else was discussed at February's Council meeting.


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