30 January 2017
NFYFC’s 2017 development work started in January with a gathering of county and national staff from England and Wales in Dunchurch, Warwickshire, for two days of learning and sharing good practice.
An impressive 36 members of staff from 32 counties benefitted from information sessions on legislation and skills as well as ideas to help support YFC members and supporters.
James Eckley, NFYFC Chief Officer, said: “I really do feel this was the best staff conference to date and I’m delighted that we could help so many county staff with personal and professional development.”
Speakers included: Gill Camina, an Organisational Governance and Safeguarding consultant, JJ Lynch of Leading Edge Leadership, Annie Clements of CEO Autism and ADHD and John Radford of JR Event Services. Presentations and workshops allowed County staff to learn more about supporting clubs, communication planning, travel, competitions, agriculture and rural affairs, as well as smart administration to ensure effective and smooth-running of YFCs.
Cath Sykes, NFYFC Youth Development Officer, said: “Each year we build on feedback and engage with County staff to ensure that we cover topics that are thought provoking, will develop their understanding and keep everyone up-to-date. We enjoyed a packed programme that delivered powerful information.”
NFYFC received positive and encouraging feedback from delegates, including:
"Really glad that I attended. Got to know people and lots of new and relevant information, enjoyed the whole experience!"
"Loved it! So useful in so many ways. Thank you!"
"Best conference yet."
"Leadership session was just brilliant- so, so useful."
"The club support and communications workshops were both fantastic, learnt a lot from them both."
"Workshops were the best ever!"
10 January 2017
An online workshop offering advice on succession planning for a farming business has been launched on NFYFC’s YouTube channel.
The six videos involve professional advice from succession expert Sian Bushell who is in conversation with NFYFC’s AGRI Steering Group Chairman Sam Dilcock.
Sian offers advice on how young farmers can broach the subject of succession in their family, as well as advice on forward planning, professional fees and where to find further advice.
Sam, who interviewed Sian for the videos at a Council meeting last year, said: “Succession is still a major issue for many young farmers involved in a family business. It can be a very sensitive topic but Sian helps to explain how to tackle the subject with a business-head. I learnt a lot from the conversation so I hope other members find the videos useful too.”
The videos are available to watch and share from NFYFC’s YouTube channel so please share them online. You can also watch the full series below.
10 January 2017Young Farmers from across England and Wales attended the Oxford Farming Conference in January and were inspired by the debates and speakers.
09 January 2017Leaders 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.
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