National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

20 July 2017

Two YFC members have been identified by Farmers Weekly as Rising Stars of the agricultural industry – with former members also among the top line up.

Agriculture and Rural Issues (AGRI) Steering Group Chairman Harriet Wilson from Staffordshire FYFC and Chris Manley, former NFYFC Chairman and associate member of Devon FYFC were among the 13 Rising Stars chosen by the judges.

Harriet’s achievements in her work as the Senior Agricultural Manager for the Co-op were highlighted by the weekly industry magazine. Judges were impressed by Harriet’s passion for and understanding of retailing and agriculture. Harriet describes her role as her ‘dream job’ and has already been identified as a future leader though the Co-op’s internal Shining Stars programme.

Harriet tweeted about the award: “Pretty lucky to have won this award!! Thank you @CoopAgriMatters @coopukpress @StaffsYFC for nominating me!”

It was Chris’s life plan that impressed the judges in his nomination. His goals personally and professionally have set Chris on a successful path.

At a professional level, he’s led the restructuring of the Sainsbury’s chicken supply chain from an agricultural perspective to deliver a greater level of trust and transparency, with farmers and processors working more closely together for mutual benefit.

Chris said: “I am delighted to be recognised as a Farmers Weekly Rising Star. So much of my success has been made possible thanks to the skills, experience and friends I have gained through Young Farmers.”

The Rising Stars 2017 competition invited nominations from across the country and Farmers Weekly selected 13 young men and women who are transforming the farming, food and environmental sectors.

All of the winners are 35 or under and are already making a massive difference and are considered to be the game-changers of the future in the industry. Among the 13, seven of the Rising Stars have been members of a Young Farmers’ Club.

The winners all received a free ticket to the Agroforestry 2017 conference at Cranfield University in June where Farmers Weekly hosted a dedicated photo shoot for a special Farmers Weekly feature, which was published in July.

Read more about the 13 Rising Stars here.


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