National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

10 January 2017

Young Farmers from across England and Wales attended the Oxford Farming Conference in January and were inspired by the debates and speakers.

Scholarships from the Worshipful Company of Farmers, the Henry Plumb Foundation, the NFU and Massey Ferguson, among others, made it possible for members to attend the conference.

Sam Dilcock, NFYFC’s AGRI Steering Group Chair, received a scholarship from the Worshipful Company of Farmers – along with Caroline Trude from Devon FYFC – and said he had gained a great deal from the conference.

“I have strengthened relationships, met new friends, made new contacts and learned a great deal about what the OFC is really about and the current affairs that are influencing the world in which we live,” said Sam. “If it wasn’t for the scholars programme I genuinely do not believe I would have ever attended this event, it is a fantastic opportunity and a generous offer that was made by the Worshipful Company of Farmers and it was an honour and a privilege to attend as a result.”

As well as presentations on topics such as the farming landscape post-Brexit, crop protection and developing and innovating products, members were also invited to a Scholars’ Reception and given support and encouragement throughout their time at the conference. There was also plenty of opportunity for networking at the evening dinner events and breaks throughout the day.

MPs were present at the conference and included a presentation from George Eustice. Selby YFC member Charlotte Middlebrook, who received a scholarship from the Henry Plumb Foundation, tweeted during the conference: “Eustice intends to act on results of @NFYFC survey through supporting investment & business opportunities for young people!”

NFYFC’s Vice Chair Lynsey Martin also took part in a debate at the conference: This house believes the biggest danger to the family farm is the family itself. As a seconder to the proposal Lynsey was on the main stage at the Oxford Union discussing the issues around succession.

NFYFC Chairman Chris Manley was also present at the conference as an NFYFC Scholar and Vice Chair Ed Ford received sponsorship from Massey Ferguson.

For more information on The Scholars Programme at the Oxford Farming Conference and to be considered for next year’s conference, please contact Sarah Palmer.

09 January 2017

Leaders from the four devolved nations of young farmers’ associations joined forces last week at the 2017 Oxford Farming Conference to discuss the impact of Brexit.

Representatives from the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs, The Scottish Association of Young Farmers’ Clubs, The Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster, and Cymru Wales Young Farmers’ Clubs will produce a policy document outlining the shared priorities for rural young people across the United Kingdom.

The future policy needs of each organisation’s members will be collected and collated, with a final report due to be published on the first anniversary of the Brexit vote.

Commenting on the group’s formation, Chairman of the group Edward Ford said: “Now more than ever, the United Kingdom’s rural youth must pull together to have their voices heard loud and clear. We want to send a strong message to our elected officials that the next generation are clear in what they need to have strong and competitive businesses as we move further into Brexit.”


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