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26 April 2017

NFYFC’s commercial arm HOPS Labour Solutions has been working with growers, co-operatives, technical auditors and major retailers to help produce an essential industry guide.

A collaborative project has enabled the Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC) to issue an industry guidance document covering caravan accommodation for temporary workers in the UK.

HOPS Labour Solutions has been one of the major UK labour provider contributors and the guidance includes information on legal requirements, benchmark indicators and practical advice.

Director John Hardman said: “HOPS has been delighted to be involved with this essential work facilitated by the FPC. Our industry must be cohesive and have collective responsibility to ensure UK farming leads by example in ethical standards and worker welfare.”

The importance for growers carrying out their own assessment based on the specific features of their site is highlighted.  A self-help checklist is included to help growers assess the status of their caravan accommodation against the benchmark indicators.

FPC chief executive Nigel Jenney said that the aim of the guidance is to enable the industry to work together and improve conditions where necessary.  He welcomed the development of a practical tool to support growers and feedback on its application.

The new guide is available free for FPC members or can be purchased by non-members.





25 April 2017

Statement from the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs, Chairman of the Board of Management Heather Black

“A massive team effort helped over 100 members in the early hours of Saturday morning (23 April) after a fire started in the hotel they were staying in. Most members were at the NFYFC’s fancy dress event at the Riviera Centre when the incident happened but could not return to their hotel.

Members from Brecknock and Radnor Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs were stranded in the early hours of Saturday morning after the incident at the hotel.

Fortunately no one was seriously injured in the incident and NFYFC, YFC members, the local authorities and the Riviera Centre quickly pulled together to find alternative accommodation for the night and ensure everyone was accounted for.

We are pleased to say that all our YFC members and the hotel staff are safe and well. The Riviera Centre was very kind in allowing our members to stay over in the Centre and provided refreshments for them. Torbay Council provided emergency supplies so everyone had a sleeping bag and Arley Medical Services supported our members too.

County staff, fellow YFC members and NFYFC staff worked tirelessly throughout the night with the local authorities to ensure families were informed and to make information widely available.

Thanks to the support and generosity of local hotels, all of the YFC members affected were allocated accommodation for Sunday night to allow them to continue to compete in NFYFC’s competition finals or take part in the remainder of the Convention. Local hotels also provided extra towels for the YFC members staying at the Riviera Centre over night, which was much appreciated.

Primark in Torquay also kindly opened its doors early so that new clothes could be purchased for the YFC members who were without their belongings – some of whom were still in fancy dress from the Princes and Princesses party at the Riviera Centre. It has been a real team effort between the Torquay community and YFC.

NFYFC wishes to thank Torbay Council, the Riviera Centre, the police and fire services for their support during this incident and the Federation is continuing to work with them on this ongoing investigation.

Young Farmers enjoyed being in Torquay last weekend to celebrate our Annual Convention and we thank Torquay residents and local businesses for making us welcome again for what we know is a major event for our Federation and the seaside town. We will be working with the mayor and local authorities to discuss future NFYFC Conventions in the Bay."

For press enquiries, please contact Cheryl Liddle on 07717 853823.


23 April 2017

A massive team effort helped over 100 members last night after a fire started in the hotel they were staying in. Most members were at the Fancy Dress evening at the Riviera Centre when the incident happened but could not return to their hotel.

Members from Brecknock and Radnor Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs were stranded in the early hours of Saturday morning after the incident at the hotel.

Fortunately no one was seriously injured in the incident and NFYFC, YFC members, the local authorities and the Riviera Centre quickly pulled together to find alternative accommodation for the night and ensure everyone was accounted for.

Heather Black, NFYFC’s Chairman of Board of Management, said: “We are pleased to say that all our YFC members and the hotel staff are safe and well. The Riviera Centre has been brilliant in letting our members stay over in the Centre last night and providing refreshments for them. Torbay Council provided emergency supplies so everyone had a sleeping bag and Arley Medical Services have been supporting members.”

County staff, fellow YFC members and NFYFC staff worked tirelessly throughout the night with the local authorities to ensure families were informed and to make information widely available.

Heather added: “Thanks to the support and generosity of local hotels, all of the YFC members affected have been allocated accommodation for tonight. Local hotels also provided extra towels for the YFC members staying at the Riviera Centre over night, which was much appreciated.

“Primark in Torquay also kindly opened its doors early so that new clothes could be purchased for the YFC members who were without their belongings – some of whom were still in fancy dress from the Princes and Princesses party at the Riviera Centre. It has been a real team effort between the Torquay community and YFC.”

NFYFC wishes to thank Torbay Council, Riviera Centre, the police and fire services for their support during this incident and the Federation is continuing to work with them on this ongoing investigation.

Heather added: “Young Farmers have enjoyed being in Torquay this weekend to celebrate our Annual Convention and we thank Torquay residents and local businesses for making us welcome again for what we know is a major event for our Federation and the seaside town. We will be working with the mayor and local authorities to discuss future NFYFC Conventions in the Bay.”

NFYFC has set up an incident telephone line for anyone who is concerned about a family member who is at our Convention. Please call 07495 903 430.


20 April 2017

NFYFC joined Farming and Landowning Organisations from across the UK in London to discuss the implications of Brexit and the General Election for the future of their sector in April.

The “Farming Brexit Roundtable”, chaired by NFU Deputy President Minette Batters, uniquely draws together organisations from all parts of the UK and all sectors and was set up toshare concerns and promote collective action over Brexit.

NFYFC's Vice Chairman Lynsey Martin (pictured) attended the Farming Brexit Roundtable for NFYFC. It was a timely meeting as it was just a few days before the Federation's AGRI Forum 2017. which also includes a separate discussion on Brexit, chaired by the NFU's Vice President Guy Smith.

The Farming Bexit Roundtable meeting concluded that:

"Farmers across the UK would welcome the cooperative spirit expressed around the table today. Every organisation wants to see our political parties recognise the importance of farming to the economy and the country. We want the parties to set clear policies that work for farm businesses, giving us certainty during the Brexit negotiations, but vitally well beyond the point at which the UK leaves the European Union.
 
"Our organisations welcome the commitment to honour EU payments until 2020, but farming is a long term business. Frankly the value of the assurance, given in August 2016, diminishes with each passing day. Farm businesses need to know the long term plans of our political parties over the next decade, not just the next two years. So we urge all parties to make their plans clear in their respective manifestos to give farmers the stability required to instil confidence for the future.
 
"We also considered the trading relationship in which farming will find itself post Brexit. It's clear that there is a pressing need to secure continuing access to the European Union market place as a priority. The vast majority of food exports are to the EU, lamb and cereals being good examples. So every sector needs there to be free and frictionless trade with the EU to thrive long term, or face economic calamity of over-supplied domestic markets. Again whatever the final outcome the next Government must secure a phased transition to the new trading arrangements".

The Farming Brexit Roundtable will continue to meet regularly during the course of the Brexit negotiations. The organisations attending the meeting were:
 
Country Land and Business Association
British Poultry Council
National Beef Association
National Farmers Union
NFU Cymru
NFU Scotland
National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs
National Pig Association
Royal Association British Dairy Farmers
Scottish Land and Estates
Soil Association
Tenant Farmers Association



13 April 2017

Leading industry figures and top broadcasters will arrive in Torquay on 21-23 April to help celebrate The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs’ (NFYFC) Annual Convention.
 
The first time NFYFC held its Annual Convention in Torquay was 21 years ago and this year will be the tenth time the Riviera Centre has hosted the event that attracts 5,500 members of Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFCs). The major event has a positive impact on the local economy – estimated to be close to £4m.

One of this year’s highlights will be when radio and TV presenter Charlotte Smith is officially elected as NFYFC’s new President at the Annual General Meeting on Sunday 23 April.

Charlotte, who presents BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today programme and is also a regular presenter on BBC 1’s Countryfile, is keen to raise awareness of the issues surrounding rural isolation and the impact this can have on young people.

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.”

Charlotte will be joined at the event by five DJs from BBC Radio 1, including Young Farmers’ Ambassadors Scott Mills and Chris Stark from BBC Radio 1.

The Annual Convention, which is sponsored by Massey Ferguson for a fifth year, is the highlight of NFYFC’s calendar, offering a packed weekend of competitions, agricultural discussion and entertainment.

Highlights include:
•    AGRI Forum 2017, sponsored by Kuhn Farm Machinery, involving guest speakers Alexia Robinson founder of British Food Fortnight, Simon Haley, social media and agri business expert, Jane King, Chief Executive of AHDB and Guy Smith the Vice President of the NFU.
•    Matt Edmondson from BBC Radio 1 will DJ on Friday night, Huw Stephens and Dev from BBC Radio 1 will be playing to the crowds on Saturday night and Scott Mills and Chris Stark from BBC Radio 1 will hit the decks on Sunday night.
•    Three live bands will perform including Black Stagg, The Supergroup and RPJ band.
•    National competition finals of NFYFC’s Entertainments (which will be held at The Princess Theatre on Saturday 22 April), Cheerleading, Street Dancing and Senior Member of the Year will also take place throughout the weekend. 

Many of the clubs attending from England and Wales use the journey to Devon to raise some of the estimated £1.2 million that YFCs generate every year for charities.

Young farmers travelling from Yorkshire, Cornwall and Oxfordshire will be trekking, paddling and tandem cycling to the venue in Torquay. Thirty members of Cornwall Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs will be trekking and paddling over 100 miles from north Cornwall's coast – Padstow – to south Devon's coast – Torquay, in aid of Alzheimer's Society. YFC members from Oxfordshire and Yorkshire will tandem cycle to the event to raise money for charities Blue Skye Thinking and Anthony Nolan respectively.

NFYFC’s Chairman of Council Ed Ford said: “Many YFC members live and work in isolated rural communities and NFYFC’s Annual Convention is one of the few occasions where young farmers can unite from across England and Wales. It’s also an opportunity to take part in some serious agricultural discussions with leading experts and a time to acknowledge the fantastic work our YFCs do throughout the year to support, not only our members, but also our rural communities.

“We have built strong working relationships with the police, the local authority and businesses in Torquay to make sure this year’s event is entertaining and safe for young farmers and local residents.  Our members really enjoy visiting Torquay and all it has to offer.”

The Annual Convention starts at 1pm on Friday 21 April and closes on the evening of Sunday 23 April. 

For more information and to see the full programme of activity about NFYFC’s Annual Convention, visit www.yfcconvention.org.uk





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