National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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19 August 2016

Current and former members of the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) will be paying tribute to the YFC movement at the second annual National Young Farmers’ Week.

Following the success of 2015’s inaugural event, the NFYFC is once again celebrating all things Young Farmers from 19th-25th September.

The official hashtag for this year’s “National Young Farmers’ Week” is #ThanksToYFC. This will give people the opportunity to give thanks to YFC for how the movement has positively impacted on their life, whether it be helping them find a career in agriculture or giving them a dynamic social life.

Clubs and counties across England and Wales are already preparing by holding events aimed at recruiting new members and reminding current members to renew their membership for the following year.

NFYFC plans to build on last year’s success by again planning a different theme each day to focus on. Each theme is based on a key area of NFYFC’s work and will be brought to life with a complimentary story about a member who has benefitted from being a member of their local YFC:

Monday – Agriculture & Rural Issues
Tuesday – Travel
Wednesday – Competitions
Thursday – Training and Development
Friday – Social and Leisure

The week will culminate with the NFYFC’s national competition finals in floral art and cookery at the Malvern Autumn Show on 24th and 25th September.

YFC will also be the subject of #Agrichat on Twitter on Thursday 22nd September from 8pm to 9:30pm.

For further information about the week, please visit www.nfyfc.org.uk/nationalyoungfarmersweek.


19 August 2016

The role that young people living in the countryside can play has “never been greater”, according to Herefordshire Young Farmer and newly-elected chairman of Rural Youth Europe (RYE), Russell Carrington.

Russell (pictured right), a former chair of the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) AGRI Steering Group, was elected as chairman at RYE’s General Assembly in Belfast on 4th August. Russell was elected having run unopposed and will hold the position of chairman for two years. He takes over from Lukas Halfenstein from Switzerland (pictured left).

Founded in 1957, RYE functions as an umbrella for youth organisations working to promote and activate young people in the countryside. It provides international training possibilities and works as an intermediary between national organisations, youth organisations and public institutions on a European level. Today, RYE represents 500,000 young people across 18 countries and 20 member organisations, including NFYFC.

Russell already has big plans to help young people living in rural areas across Europe.

“I am extremely honoured and proud to be elected for this position” said Russell. “I am very grateful to all those who have helped me to achieve this – NFYFC, my employers the Pasture-Fed Livestock Association, the Henry Plumb foundation, my friends and family, and many more. 

“In our fast changing political and economic environment, I believe that the role that young people from the countryside can play has never been greater.  Rural Youth Europe aims to bring such people together for sharing, learning, intercultural exchange and to foster peer to peer support.

“During my time as chair I want to widen the reach of the organisation so that we can positively influence the lives of even more young people across Europe.  I also want to strengthen the values of those people and to demonstrate the importance of multicultural cooperation.”

More information about Rural Youth Europe can be found at www.ruralyoutheurope.com.


10 August 2016

The farming industry is uniting to celebrate British, Red Tractor food in September, and is urging as many farmers as possible to get involved.

Now in its fifth year, Red Tractor Week is shaping up to be better than ever and will provide a great platform to tell shoppers and the media about all the hard work that goes in to producing quality British assured food. 

What’s happening?           

During Red Tractor Week a number of events will be held in supermarkets across the UK providing farmers with an opportunity to talk positively to shoppers about what the Red Tractor logo means. Red Tractor Assurance, NFU, NFU Scotland, National Pig Association, NFYFC, Ladies in Pigs, Ladies in Beef and the National Sheep Association are working together now to organise these events.

Want to get involved?

Dates and locations of stores hosting events are being finalised. Details will be released as soon as they are ready along with information about how to get involved.

Get active on social media

There is plenty you can be doing on social media in the build up to Red Tractor Week. You can talk to consumers about how their food is produced, what you are doing on your farm at the moment and how you ensure that your products meet Red Tractor standards. You can tell consumers to look out for farmer facing events throughout Red Tractor Week in September and use the hashtag #GreatBritishFood2016

You can follow Red Tractor on Twitter – @RTFarmers – to keep up to date with all the latest news.

Don’t forget you can order free branded materials online to help you spread the message about Red Tractor food. Postcards, stickers, banners, pens, key rings and more are available on the Red Tractor website here


08 August 2016

Pontrilas YFC of Herefordshire pulled out all of the stops to enjoy huge success at the NFYFC's national Tug of War finals at the Tenbury Show.

The club (pictured right) claimed victory in the final of the men's competition with a hard fought win over last year's champions, Whitley Chapel YFC of Northumberland. Earlier in the day, the club's youngsters covered themselves in glory by finishing second in the junior competition, narrowly losing to Crucorney YFC of Gwent.

It was yet another successful day for Wales' Young Farmers, with the ladies competition being won by Trecastle YFC of Brecknock. The Welsh club claimed victory in the final over Haldon Group YFC in Devon, who went on to compete at the National Outdoor Tug of War Championships. Haldon Group YFC also represented England in the Ladies 560kg at the British and Irish Outdoor Tug of War Championships in Llandrindod Wells in August.  The team recently received bronze medals in their first season of the National League for the Ladies 520kg and 560kg.

A full list of Results from the Tug of War finals are available on the NFYFC website.


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