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27 February 2017

NFYFC’s membership magazine Ten26 has been relaunched and a new look issue will be landing on members’ doormats in April.

The new design is based on feedback from members in an online survey and also members of the Events and Marketing Steering Group have helped to shape the new approach.The image (right) is from the steering group's meeting in October when they were presented with ideas for the new magazine. 

The magazine is focused on helping members to get the most out of their YFC membership and articles include advice, links and tips.

YFC members also asked for more information on other clubs and a new club profile has been added to the magazine. In the first issue, members can read more about Drigg YFC and find out why this small club in Cumbria won Student Farmers’ Club of the Year award and how they have come out stronger after some sad and challenging times.

The magazine is also packed with advice on careers, what’s going on at Convention, a look back at YFC Ski and loads of your stories and photos too!

Ten26 magazine is a popular communications channel for members, with nearly 70% of members responding to our recent survey saying they read every issue and 92% saying they want to receive it in the post to their homes.

Please email magazine@nfyfc.org.uk if you have news or feedback for the magazine.



27 February 2017

Scott Mills and Chris Stark from BBC Radio 1 will return to Annual Convention for the third time to play for Young Farmers this April and will close the Convention on the Sunday night.

The duo is among the five Radio 1 DJs that will entertain YFC members over the weekend in Torquay.

On the opening night Matt Edmondson from BBC Radio 1 will play Convention for the first time. Matt’s irreverent humour is well-known on radio and TV and he will entertain crowds of Young Farmers who will be wearing black tie and evening dresses for Friday night’s theme.

Huw Stephens and Dev from BBC Radio 1 will play to the crowds on Saturday night and will both get to see Young Farmers dressed as prince and princesses. This year’s fancy dress theme was decided through an online poll and dressing royally was a clear winner.

Alongside the DJs, there will be three live bands performing on each night. They include Black Stag, RPJ band and The Supergroup.

The weekend also includes the AGRI Forum, which this year is focused on marketing yourself and your business, the Annual General Meeting and a range of competition finals for Entertainments, Senior Member of the Year, Street Dancing and Cheerleading. There is also a fun darts match on Saturday. 

Pre-Convention packages for Annual Convention 2017, which is sponsored by Massey Ferguson, are selling fast. Remember that anyone attending Annual Convention MUST HAVE BEEN a fully subscribed YFC member by the 31st March 2017 and be over 18 years old.

Packages purchased for the Friday and Saturday will also give you access to the Performing Arts final.

For more information and to stay up to date on all things Convention visit www.yfcconvention.org.uk

The dates for the next two Annual Conventions have also been revealed:
2018  Winter Gardens, Blackpool - 4-6 May 2018
2019  Winter Gardens, Blackpool - 10-12 May 2019






27 February 2017

A great new opportunity has arisen to make your voice heard as part of the future policy on livestock policy, in partnership with the NFU.

In this current trading climate and Brexit coming ever closer, it’s never been more important to ensure young people’s voices are heard in the future of livestock policy.

The NFU hopes to demonstrate the variety and breadth of work undertaken for the livestock sector through a new partnership opportunity.

Getting involved would mean contributing to discussions, shadowing NFU advisers or joining industry and government meetings.

The NFU’s national Livestock Board  is key in policy-making. This board is underpinned by a Beef and Sheep sub group as well as the Uplands forum.  Policy issues are wide and varied and include future government policy, supply chain, market transparency and industry collaboration.

If this all floats your boat, next stop is an invitation to sit on the Young Person’s Livestock Board and help shape future NFU policy. If you’re interested in getting involved please contact Tom.Dracup@nfu.org.uk to find out more details and give it a go!



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 


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