National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

31 March 2016

The British countryside needs talented people with new ideas and the know-how to keep the UK farming industry moving forward. And that’s why The Prince’s Countryside Fund has teamed up with Land Rover to offer five young people the use of a Land Rover Discovery Sport for a year to support their rural career.


  • Entrants must be aged between 21 and 35 years old and pursuing a career in farming or a related profession
  • Entrants can apply for professional or community use
  • All entrants must have more than two years’ driving experience, a UK driving licence and no more than six penalty points
  • All applicants must live in the UK

If you know a young, inspiring person pursuing a rural career, The Prince’s Countryside Fund want to hear from them!

Applicants must apply via The Prince’s Countryside Fund website by Friday 29th April 2016.

To find out more about The Prince’s Countryside Fund Land Rover Bursary click here to watch our video with BBC Countryfile Presenter and Land Rover Ambassador Adam Henson.


31 March 2016

The NFYFC has benefited from an unrestricted donation of £10,000 from its commercial arm, HOPS Labour Solutions. The company, which specialises in agricultural and horticultural recruitment, has made the donation in addition to its annual contribution to the shared costs within the NFYFC headquarters at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.


This donation has helped reduce the NFYFC 2015 financial deficit by over 30%.

Director of HOPS, John Hardman, said: "HOPS is delighted  to return to being able to give donation of unrestricted funds to NFYFC of £10,000 since the end of the SAWS scheme on 1 January 2014, in addition to annually contributing over £50,000 in office operational costs and shared staff resource. Since 1989, HOPS has been proud to have helped build a considerable proportion of NFYFC’s balance sheet to its current level, and been the biggest single contributor to NFYFC during that time  – something the HOPS team are immensely proud of, and something the HOPS board intend to continue doing long into the future."


For more information about HOPS, visit their website

24 March 2016

NFYFC Chief Officer James Eckley has been given a top honour by the Council for Awards of Royal Agricultural Societies.

In a glitzy ceremony at the House of Lords in London, James received his Associateship of Royal Agricultural Societies (ARAgS) from the Countess of Wessex “in recognition of contribution to practice and development of agriculture”.

James was sponsored in his application for the Associateship by NFYFC President Poul Christensen and Gordon Gatward, who sits on the NFYFC’s Board of Management. Poul and Gordon are both Fellows of the (FRAgS). James said: “This is recognition from the industry, so I feel very honoured to receive it.”

“It’s also a great recognition of the work that NFYFC does helping develop young people from rural communities.”

Poul said: “I had no hesitation in sponsoring James for this deserved award. He has been instrumental in making sure that the NFYFC remains in good shape to meet its future challenges and has done an enormous amount of work in helping members reach their full potential.”

24 March 2016

Following the hugely popular "Cook for The Queen" competition for children that was held for the Diamond Jubilee, the organisers, Love British Food, are inviting schools to join in this summer’s Royal celebrations and commemorate Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday by making a Cake for The Queen. 

The Queen’s official 90th Birthday is being celebrated on the weekend of the 11th and 12th June 2016.  It begins with a Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday, followed by Trooping the Colour on Saturday.  The finale takes place on the Sunday when the Mall will be transformed for Britain’s largest ever street party.   

Communities across the country will be celebrating this historical occasion in many wonderful ways and schools are invited to join in the national celebrations by holding a fun birthday party, the centre piece of which will be a very special birthday cake for Her Majesty made by the children themselves.  The more delicious, the healthier and the more spectacular the better!

The competition sets a specific challenge: as well as making a cake that is spectacular to look at and is decorated in a manner fit for Royalty, it must be made with healthy ingredients.  The healthier, the fresher and the more local the better.  This is an opportunity to teach children that there are alternatives to sugar!  We want the delicious flavours of the ingredients to sing out in your cakes and for sugar and marg to take a back seat.  

Photos of the top five winning cakes will be made into a montage and presented to Her Majesty The Queen as a birthday souvenir and the winning school will be treated to an exclusive trip to Buckingham Palace, during British Food Fortnight (17th September – 2nd October 2016) 

How to take part

Taking part is easy.  The competition is open to any group of children of school age and all you have to do is:

1.      Adapt a traditional cake recipe using healthy and/or local ingredients or create your own brand new recipe.  Eating healthily doesn’t mean you have to give up all things nice, in fact it is an opportunity to discover new, delicious ingredients to use. For example, did you know… 

  • Beetroot, courgette and carrots are all examples of vegetables that can be used in cakes?
  • White refined sugar can be replaced with honey, fruit syrup or seasonal fruit?
  • There are many delicious local butters available to use in place of margarine.

2.      Bake and decorate the cake in a manner fit for The Queen.

3.      Share and eat the cake – have a Royal Birthday Party for the class or the whole school.  You could make it a fancy dress party with all the children dressing up to commemorate different features of Her Majesty’s reign: The Queen as a child, her wedding, Coronation, overseas tours, her love of horses and her famous corgis.

4.      Send us: up to five photos of the cake, of the children making it and your Royal Birthday Party, plus a description of the recipe and ingredients you used and how and why you adapted it.

Who can take part? 

The competition is open to any group of children of school age (primary and secondary) in the UK.  The group should have an adult as a co-ordinator / point of contact.

How to Enter

To enter, send your photos and a description of what you did, including your cake recipe to by 15th July 2016. Don’t forget your name, your school or group name and a contact telephone number.

Winners will be notified w/c 18th July and the prize tour of Buckingham Palace will take place during British Food Fortnight (September 17th- October 2nd).

For more information about Cake for the Queen visit the Love British Food Website:

Love British Food’s official sponsor in 2016 is Co-op Food.

14 March 2016

Members of Cornwall FYFC are once again preparing for another gruelling fundraising challenge ahead of this year's NFYFC Annual Convention in Blackpool.

Every year, a group of Young Farmers from the county federation, called the "WotNot", take on a daunting method of travel to get to the Annual Convention in an attempt to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

This year's challenge has been organised by Cornwall's county chairman, Georgina Monk, and will see 25 "WotNotters" don their bike helmets and cycle over 350 miles to Blackpool in just six days. The challenge has been dubbed "Monkey's Magical Mystery Tour" and will raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support, a Charity that is very close to Georgina's heart.

Georgina said: "My Granny died of cancer three years ago and she was looked after in her final months by MacMillan Cancer nurses which, being 400 miles away, meant that we felt better that she was in safe hands. They also helped my Granddad deal with everything. Cancer affects so many people, and is an illness that has directly or indirectly affected everyone. In doing this challenge, we would like to raise money to make sure that these nurses are available to deliver the care that their patients and affected family member needs."

"Monkey's Magical Mystery Tour" will begin at the National Agricultural Centre, in Kenilworth, Warwickshire. The team will then head up to Scarborough, the home of Georgina's grandfather, before heading across the country to Blackpool. The team are aiming to arrive during registration at the Winter Gardens on Friday 6th May.

Georgina is hoping to raise £5,000 from this challenge. To make a donation, please visit the "WotNot" JustGiving page, or text CYFC37 £10 (or £1, £3, £5) to 70070.

You can follow the team's progress on social media by using the hashtag #WOTNOT2016.

10 March 2016

Members of the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) can put their innovation skills to the test, with a new farm machine design competition. The “Dream Machine” competition, in conjunction with Kuhn Farm Machinery, will see Young Farmers submit an idea or concept of a new farm machine that could be used in the agricultural industry.

The four winning YFC members will win an all-expenses-paid trip to Kuhn’s headquarters in Saverne France. As part of the trip, they will have the opportunity to present their “Dream Machine” concepts to the company’s head designers.

This competition underlines Kuhn’s continued partnership with the NFYFC and the company’s dedication to the future of farming and agriculture.

Sian Pritchard, managing director of Kuhn Farm Machinery (UK), said: “Since Kuhn began its partnership with NFYFC, we have been really impressed by the levels of innovation and creativity that we have witnessed from the members. These attributes are vital in ensuring that the agricultural industry remains sustainable in the future. This competition is a great opportunity for Young Farmers to showcase that creativity and demonstrate how innovative they truly are. We are very much looking forward to seeing the designs these Young Farmers come up with.”

The deadline for competition entries is Thursday 31st March 2016 and the winners will be announced at the NFYFC’s AGRI Forum (on 7th May) at the Annual Convention in Blackpool. For further information and details of how to enter the “Dream Machine” competition, please visit


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