National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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22 February 2017

The website to order clothing for Annual Convention 2017 is now live and can be accessed here.

YFC members will not be able to make orders for collection so all clothing orders must be submitted by 7 April if you want it to arrive in time for Annual Convention.

20 February 2017

Young Farmers will be represented by radio and TV presenter Charlotte Smith when she takes on the role of President of The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) in April.

Charlotte, a freelance journalist who presents BBC radio 4’s Farming Today programme and is also a regular presenter on BBC1’s Countryfile, has been confirmed as the Federation’s President Elect. She will be officially elected as President at the Federation’s Annual General Meeting on 23 April in Torquay at the International Riviera Centre, during NFYFC’s Annual Convention weekend.

Charlotte was born and brought up in the Leicestershire village of Quorn and is keen to raise awareness of the issues surrounding rural isolation and the impact this can have on young people.

After working in local radio, regional TV and as a news journalist for BBC TV and radio, a conversation in a lift led her into rural affairs. 

Charlotte Smith said: “NFYFC is an organisation I have always been really impressed with – especially as it teaches young people how to talk! Pretty much the youth service in rural Britain is YFCs. It is the local youth club for lots of people and it’s really important – especially for combating isolation issues.  

“I’m not young and I’m not a farmer but I am someone who is involved in agriculture on a day-to-day basis. As President, I hope to bring a fresh pair of eyes, my experience and a bit of a sense of humour to the organisation. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun!”

Charlotte is married with two children, aged 10 and 12 and lives in London but regularly escapes to the countryside with her work commitments.

NFYFC Chairman Ed Ford said: “We are so excited that Charlotte Smith has agreed to be our next President. Many of us are avid listeners to Farming Today and so are already familiar with Charlotte’s fabulous work reporting on agriculture and rural issues.

“It’s an exciting time to be part of our Federation as we are keen to make our voices heard about rural and agricultural issues that affect young people. I think we have a lot to learn from Charlotte on how we can best do this and we’re looking forward to having such a prominent person from the industry at the Federation’s helm.”

Poul Christensen has served as President of NFYFC for the past four years and will hand over his role to Charlotte Smith at the Annual General Meeting in Torquay.

19 February 2017

For the first time in six years the Chairman of The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) is an ‘active’ farmer and will lead the organisation during a challenging year in the industry post-Brexit.  

Edward Ford, 26, a member of Chelmsford Young Farmers’ Club in Essex was elected unanimously by members at the Council meeting on 19 February in Coventry. Ed, along with his father, mother and brother, manages a 1500 acre family farm in south Essex, cropping both winter and spring combinable crops.

He will be supported in his role by self employed livestock worker Lynsey Martin from Ashford and District YFC in Kent who will serve a second year as Vice Chairman. Katie Hall from Gloucester YFC in Gloucestershire takes on the role of the second Vice Chairman alongside her full time job as a calf nutritionist and Regional Sales Representative for Bonanza Calf Nutrition.

The trio take on their roles at a critical time for the industry as negotiations and discussions continue about a future British Agricultural Policy. As members who live and work in the countryside the top team have also first-hand experience of the cuts to rural services over recent years and are keen to raise awareness of the impact this has on rural young people and promote the benefits of YFC membership.

During his year as Chairman, Edward plans to be the voice for rural young people and ensure Young Farmers are heard by Government.

Edward Ford, National Chairman of NFYFC, said: “I know how much it means to members to have an active farmer at the helm of the Federation during these uncertain times and I will do my best, along with the rest of the officer team, to ensure Young Farmers’ views are heard at the highest level.

“We’re not just an organisation for young people involved in farming – we offer support and a social life to all young people in the countryside and I am eager to promote how fantastic it is to be a member of this great organisation. Luckily I have an understanding family and team on the farm at home who understand I’ll have a few more commitments this year!” 
Edward is also a trustee of the charity Forage Aid and played a key role in the setting up of the charity following his involvement in supplying forage to the Somerset Levels in February 2014.

The team will be responsible for leading the Federation’s Council, encouraging members of the Council to continue the development of the clubs that make up the NFYFC, to help them to meet the needs of YFC members and further enhance the image of YFC.

More than 100 members gathered in Coventry over the weekend to pass motions that affect the running of the organisation and to elect the new Council. Five steering groups represent the views of the members and include: Competitions; Events and Marketing; Personal Development, Agriculture and Rural Issues and the Youth Forum. 

The National Council is made up of 63 members, associate members and co-options from across England and Wales and is elected by YFC members to represent their views. Through steering groups, the National Council also decide and shape the programmes of work at NFYFC - planning events, competitions, campaigns and training for members.

 Elections also took place for the five Steering Groups and the new Chairs and Vice Chairs are as follows:

Agriculture and Rural Issues Steering Group: Chairman: Harriet Wilson, Staffordshire FYFC Vice Chairman: James Hutchinson, Wiltshire FYFC

Competitions Steering Group: Chairman: Rachel Parker, Lancashire FYFC Vice Chairman: Fay Thomas, Herefordshire FYFC 

Events and Marketing Steering Group: Katie Hall, Gloucestershire FYFC, Vice Chair:Ben Cavill, Cornwall FYFC

Personal Development Steering Group: Chairman: Laura Sumner, Lancashire FYFC, Vice Chairman: George Goodwin, Staffordshire FYFC

Youth Forum: Chairman: Thomas Oatey, Cornwall FYFC, Vice Chairman Rachel Black 

14 February 2017

The first council meeting of 2017 will take place this weekend in Coventry.

Take a look below to read about what's on the agenda.

February highlights how your YFC democracy works for you!

Hot on the heels of your YFC area meetings, your elected NFYFC Council reps are heading to Warwickshire this weekend for the first 2017 Council meeting.

This is where there’s a two-way exchange of ideas, feedback and plans for future events. A new Council format is being trialled to further improve communications for Council and YFC members. Elections take place for steering group officers on the Saturday of Council and then national office-holder elections on Sunday.  Ed Ford, Lynsey Martin and Katie Hall are national office-holder elects for the 2017/18 YFC year.

Below are some short profiles on each office-holder elect.


Nominee for Chair of of NFYFC Council 2017

Ed Ford



Member of:  Chelmsford YFC, part of the Essex County Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs.

Occupation:  Farmer

If elected, Ed's plans are: 

  • To re-visit Farm Safety and work with the Five Nations alongside Yellow Wellies to spread the reach of the campaign.
  • To continue to build greater links between NFYFC and NFU.
  • To ensure that Forage Aid works closer with NFYFC and to make sure that Young Farmers are at the core of any future relief efforts.
  • To ensure that NFYFC Board of Management and Council champion the needs of NFYFC's membership.


Nominee for Vice Chair of of NFYFC Council 2017

Lynsey Martin




Member of:  Ashford and District Young Farmers' Clubs, part of the Kent Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs.

Occupation:  Self-Employed Livestock worker

If elected, Lynsey's plans are: 

  • Promoting agriculture as a viable career to young people.
  • Educating people about where their food comes from.
  • Giving young farmers the skills and tools to effectively run their YFC Clubs.



Nominee for Vice Chair of of NFYFC Council 2017

Katie Hall




Member of:  Gloucester YFC club, part of the Gloucestershire County Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs.

Occupation:  Regional Sales Manager/ Calf Nutritionist

If elected, Katie's plans are: 

  • Create links with city farms and improve awareness of agriculture awareness in urban areas.
  • Investigate creation of a weekly or monthly radio show or podcast, increasing awareness of the year's hashtag and National Young Farmers' Week 2017.
  • Promote YFC Travel, making sure that members take advantage of the experiences available to them.

10 February 2017

 NFYFC are exploring the option of running an NSPCC Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO) Training Course (2 days) and an NSPCC DSO Refresher course (one day).  Last time we ran the DSO training course in Staffordshire it cost  £250 per person.  (This does not include the cost of accommodation).

If you are interested in attending either course please register your interest with Cath Sykes at by Friday 17th February.

08 February 2017

A Tribute to Sid Perry by Somerset YFC

Sid Perry sadly passed away on Tuesday 31st January 2017.  Sid was a staunch supporter of young farmers in the South West and gave a lot of encouragement to every member he met.  His passion was public speaking and he became a renowned trainer.

Sid was a former member of Wincanton YFC.  The club founded on 27th March 1937 with Sid attending a meeting two weeks later.  In 1946 Sid went on to become club Chairman and a few years later club Leader.  He held this role for seven years, during which time he married his wife Julie.  Their daughter Louise was born four years later.  When the club celebrated their 60th Anniversary Dinner & Dance in 1997, the organising committee presented Sid with a ‘This is your Life’ tribute. 

It was during the 62nd Somerset YFC Federation AGM, on November 15th, 1995 at Hinckley Point social club Huntworth where Miss Jane Burt (Wincanton YFC) proposed that Mr Sid Perry was invited to become a Vice President of Somerset YFC seconded by Rachel Nation.  In 1997/98 Sid became Dorset YFC County President.  It was often joked, that Sid used this year as a practice run before he became Somerset YFC County President the following year 1998/99. It was 1999 when Sid lost his wife Julie age 64 years.

South West Area Young Farmers recruited Sid as Area President for the years 2008/09 and 2009/10 where he made his mark attending the competitions, meetings and socials giving help and advice to his Chairman Ed Akerman and Nicola Chegwidden.

Sid’s National Young Farmers involvement came in 2007 on 29th April in Torquay.  He was proposed by Katherine Sealy (Dorset YFC) and seconded by James Sage (Somerset YFC) to become a Life Vice President. Every year thereafter, Sid and his companion Peggy would attend the Annual convention…often travelling with either the Somerset or Dorset YFC member’s coaches.  Sid was often the first one to get the singing started, although in later years he used to turn his hearing aid off (not admitting this to the members).   It is only these past five years that Sid did not make this pilgrimage to the AGM.

If Somerset YFC ever needed at hand at the Bath & West we knew to call on him at the Farm Health & Safety stall.  He was always there and members used to enjoy popping in to see him. Sid also enjoyed his association with Gillingham & Shaftesbury YFC and was heavily involved with Gillingham & Shaftesbury Show.

There were not many members in Wincanton YFC that Sid hadn’t trained to public speak over the years and even after he retired from this, he would still pop down notes of advice or snippets for speeches that members could use. Sid was a legend and a true gentleman held in high regard by all.

We will remember Sid very fondly and send our condolences to his family and friends.


Posted on Wessex FM 05 Feb 2017

Farmers in Dorset are mourning the death of Sid Perry who sadly passed away this week after serving more than 75 years in the Young Farmers Club.

Sid approached the organisation for help in getting into college to study grassland management, between 1951 and 1952, after his schooling ended early.

He later became Chairman and President of Wincanton YFC, President of Gillingham and Shafesbury YFC, President of both Dorset and Somerset Young Farmers' Clubs and also President of the South West Federation of YFC.

Asked why he continued well into retirement age to contribute so much time and effort, he said: "I honestly think that in my younger days they did so much for me so I feel I'm just giving back what they gave me. Young Farmer members care for each other and I have met some wonderful people over the years and that's what's makes it so special."

The club's former National Chairman Nick Sansom says he will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

In an emotional post on Facebook, Nick said: "Even at the age of 75 Sid was still clocking up more than 12,000 miles a year on YFC duties and was frequently asked to give talks to farm women's clubs, Rotary, Round Table, Wis and other charitable societies including raising money for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Society."

"Sid was passionate about public speaking and regularly trained members for Dorset, and Somerset as well as having a passion for driving and used to run a driving autotest challenge at Dorset County Rallys alongside life-long friend Dick Pike which always created great amusement."


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