National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

07 December 2009

Don’t miss the chance to give your feedback on the proposed new AgriSkills Strategy, which is being devised to ensure the right skills are available for a sustainable agricultural sector and attract new entrants into farming and horticulture.

Lantra wants to hear your views on the draft strategy, which was presented to Defra secretary Hilary Benn at a meeting with farming leaders in London on 24 November.

The new strategy has been developed by the AgriSkills Forum, an industry group which includes the NFU, Lantra Sector Skills Council for the Environmental and Land-based Industries, the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, Landex and the NFYFC.

It is hoped the strategy will result in farming being recognised for its professionalism and valued as an attractive career to help attract the 60,000 new entrants estimated to be needed by the industry over the next decade.

Following the meeting with Mr Benn, the draft AgriSkills Strategy is now available for consultation and it is anticipated that the final strategy will be launched with the support of Hilary Benn in March 2010.

To comment on the strategy or get involved in any of the proposed actions, contact Lantra Connect on 0845 707 8007 or email

02 December 2009

Join the YFC challenge to change African farmers’ lives forever

YFC members have voted to go on safari as the fancy dress theme at this year's annual convention in Torquay.

But four lucky YFC members will be heading off on a once-in-a-lifetime African safari for real. And it could be you...

Join the biggest ever-online challenge to Young Farmers’ Clubs when the Great African YFC Web Challenge goes live tomorrow (2 December 2009).

The Great African YFC Web Challenge calls on all YFC members in England and Wales to get competitive for the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime Kenyan safari holiday for four people, kindly donated by Sarova Hotels.

What’s more – they will be helping African farmers at the same time through the charity FARM-Africa.

To win the amazing safari prize plus a unique opportunity to visit FARM-Africa’s work in Kenya, teams must compete against one another to raise the most money by selling household items on eBay.

The Great African YFC Web Challenge celebrates the link between farmers in the UK and farmers in Africa.

Simply register your team online by going to and receive an information pack bursting full of useful tips to help your team win a unique holiday.

FARM-Africa is launching the Great African YFC Web Challenge to help improve the lives of farmers in eastern Africa. FARM-Africa’s work shows that poor farmers prove time after time that, with just a little help, they can help themselves and pull their families and communities out of poverty.

Registration opens tomorrow (2 December) for one week only and the competition is open to a maximum of 200 teams - so register quickly to ensure you can take part.

The selling qualifying period will begin on 2 December 2009 until 14 February 2010.

The team that raises the most money for the charity during the selling period will win the trip for four nominated members.

bullet pointTeams can be made up of as many members as you like, but the trip is for four people only

bullet pointOne designated team captain will act as liasion with FARM-Africa

bullet pointThe captain should register the team online at:

Follow the instructions on the dedicated FARM-Africa page there.

On registration the team captain will receive an email from FARM-Africa including:

  • A guide explaining the challenge
  • Terms and conditions
  • A kit containing help and advice on how to maximise the amount of money the team can generate
  • A press kit to help the team gain press coverage for their involvement in their local press

FARM-Africa will also offer ongoing email support to the teams competing via the captain and its Facebook group. Updates will also be available on the NFYFC website.

The winning team, and the four people who will be going on the trip, will be announced by 14 April 2010.

The challenge and the prize is for over-18s only

bullet pointClick here to read more about this fantastic prize and the work of FARM-Africa


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