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23 July 2017

During Farm Safety Week (24-28 July) The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) is calling on its 624 clubs to commit to delivering a potentially life-saving farm safety training course to its 25,000 members.

YFCs are being asked to ‘pledge’ their commitment to putting the training on their Club Programmes during the 2017-18 membership year and NFYFC has developed a series of ‘pledge cards’ for its 25,000 members to use on social media during the week.

The training, which has been developed with the Farm Safety Foundation – organisers of Farm Safety Week, has been created to ensure the next generation of farmers is more aware of the dangers and can help to instigate changes.

Farming continues to have one of the poorest safety records of any occupation in the UK and Ireland but all the main farming organisations are working together during the week to address this.

The latest annual figures from the Health and Safety Executive show that out of 137 people killed or fatally injured in workplace accidents last year, 27 worked in agriculture.

NFYFC Chairman Ed Ford said: “The Farm Safety Curve training module is a fun and interactive training session with a serious message – it could save someone’s life. We want all our YFCs to commit to putting the training on their 2017-18 Club Programmes and show their commitment by sharing our pledge cards on social media. We want the world to know that Young Farmers are dedicated to farm safety.”

YFCs and members are also supporting the week by sharing materials from the NFYFC’s social media pages, from Yellow Wellies’ social media pages and using the hashtag #FarmSafetyWeek. The Farm Safety Foundation’s message for the week is farm safety – it’s a lifestyle not a slogan.

The farm safety training is part of NFYFC’s suite of training courses called the Curve. These sessions are delivered by NFYFC’s certified trainers in clubs across England and Wales and are aimed at developing skills and raising awareness on a range of topics.

For more information about the Curve training module, to download materials and find out more about YFCs pledging their support, visit here..


20 July 2017

The tragic death of a Devon FYFC member in March triggered a new farm safety initiative that has the potential to save up to three lives a year.

Devon’s pioneering scheme called Growing Safer Farmers, which was featured on BBC Countryfile on Sunday 23 July, involves machinery dealers and mechanics producing advisory notices to flag up any safety issues on PTO shafts and providing a discount for an annual health check on PTO shafts.

The idea came about after 20-year-old Lauren Scott – a member of Devon FYFC - was sadly killed in a farm accident.

“In spite of the health and safety training the county has organised, in the last 14 years five members have been killed or seriously injured and it’s just too many,” said Nick. “We found out about Lauren while we were at the South West Area weekend, which made it even more shocking as so many members were together at the time. It’s just a waste of a young life.”

Devon’s aim is to get the big manufacturers on board to influence their dealerships to use the safety paperwork. So far in Devon, over 20 dealers and mechanics have agreed to the scheme, and the County is now in the process of gathering feedback from participants on how well it has worked.

“We are potentially going to save two to three lives every year. A thousand pieces of machinery will be safer because they will be in a good state of repair. It’s got to be a winner,” said Nick. 

Photo courtesy of Emily Fleur



20 July 2017

Applications are open to young farmers for study tours to China to explore the challenges faced in a different agricultural environment.

There are currently spaces for two groups of 10 European Young Farmers on two-week study tours to China in November 2017 and June 2018 and NFYFC members are encouraged to apply. The scheme is fully funded by the EU and China so there are no costs for the participants and the deadline for applications is 10 September 2017.

The trip is part of a new 18-month initiative called the EU-China Young Farmers Programme that is aimed at strengthening relationships and learning between young farmers across the EU and China. The programme has been set up by the European Union (DG AGRI and the EU Delegation in China) and the People’s Republic of China (Ministry of Agriculture), supported by CEJA.

NFYFC’s AGRI Steering Group Chairman Harriet Wilson said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for YFC members and I would encourage them to apply for one of these study tours to China. NFYFC is still a member of CEJA and therefore members should take advantage of opportunities such as these.”

The programme aims to give young farmers a chance to explore common [and very different] challenges that are faced in different agricultural environments, to support the personal development of the individuals that get involved, produce recommendations to policy-makers on sustainable farming practices, and ultimately to help with the strategic relationship between China and EU countries.

Study visits will involve young professional farmers and agricultural professionals from the EU and China. These exchanges will include training in agri-businesses, innovative farms, governmental entities and local agencies, research institutes and universities, cooperatives, in EU Member States and Chinese provinces.

Young Farmers will have to meet the following criteria to be considered for the study tours:

  • Farmer
  • Under the age of 40 years
  • Good knowledge of English
  • Availability for two weeks in November 2017 or June 2018
  • High level of experience and interest in sustainable agriculture
  • High level of interest in Chinese agriculture.

Both the EU and China face similar challenges in the field of rural development and agriculture, such as diversity of agriculture, pedo-climatic regions, natural environment and cultural traditions, diversity of socio-economic status, rural population ageing, difference between urban and rural development.

To apply for the trip, visit here.

 
 




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.






06 July 2017

YFCs are being asked to pledge their commitment to delivering NFYFC's Farm Safety Curve training module and to put it on their 2017-18 club programmes, as part of Farm Safety Week 2017.

The campaign week, which runs from 24 to 28 July 2017, is organised by The Farm Safety Foundation and has been timed to take place alongside the Royal Welsh Show.

NFYFC is asking all its YFCs to back the campaign by pledging to deliver NFYFC’s farm safety module, which was developed with Yellow Wellies, in their clubs.

YFC members, clubs and counties can show their support for Farm Safety Week by sharing NFYFC’s ‘pledge cards’ on social media, on their websites and in newsletters.

NFYFC Chairman Ed Ford said: “The Farm Safety Curve training module is a fun and interactive training session with a serious message – it could save someone’s life. Please encourage your YFC to commit to getting the training on your 2017-18 Club Programme and show your commitment by sharing our pledge cards on social media. We want the world to know that Young Farmers are dedicated to farm safety.”

YFCs and members can also support the week by sharing materials from the NFYFC social media pages, from Yellow Wellies social media pages and using the hashtag #FarmSafetyWeek. The Farm Safety Foundation’s message for the week is farm safety is a lifestyle not a slogan.

Farming continues to have one of the poorest safety records of any occupation in the UK & Ireland but all the main farming organisations are working together for this week to address this.

The latest annual figures from the Health and Safety Executive show that out of 137 people killed or fatally injured in workplace accidents last year, 27 worked in agriculture.

For more information about the Curve training module, to download materials and find out how to pledge your support, visit our Farm Safety Week page.



05 July 2017

Pembrokeshire’s outstanding record in the Efficiency with Safety competition has continued as it picked up its SEVENTH title.

The County put their success down to the training they do in advance of the competition with dedicated trainers. Winning team member Caryl Bevan from Llys-y-Fran YFC said the trainers helped them to win.

“They put a lot of time in to make sure we're ready for the competition and that we've practised on similar machinery. We're all friends so we do have a bit of fun with it, especially in practices.”

The team start training individually around two weeks ahead of each stage of the competition, and then have some joint training in the final week.

As well as a dedicated team of trainers, people also helped Pembrokeshire by showing them how their machinery works and loaning manuals to them.

“Since our Club has a long history of doing this competition, past members give us tips and some new insight,” added Caryl. “As it’s one of those competitions our Club has always done well in over the years, sometimes there’s a bit of pressure to do well.”

The Efficiency with Safety competition is changing in 2017-18 due to feedback from members about the difficulty in sourcing equipment for the county rounds of the competition.

First aid and health and safety will still be a major part of the competition and NFYFC will be working closely with Yellow Wellies to create new scenarios for members. Arley Medical will also still be involved in preparing a farm accident to challenge the competition team.

New tasks being added to the competition include welding, angle grinding and one involving an ATV bike - members will need to provide a certificate of competence.  

NFYFC Chairman Ed Ford said: “It’s really important that NFYFC includes a competition that promotes and encourages farm safety. The competition is a great way for members to learn and practise safe farming skills. It’s great news that we are relaunching the competition with an emphasis on ensuring members obtain recognised certificates in ATV and for them to practise first aid skills. We want YFC members to have the knowledge so they know how to manage real-life situations. Yellow Wellies will help us to achieve this with their help in preparing the scenarios in ou national final.”

NFYFC will be supporting Farm Safety Week from 24-28 July. Find out how to get involved here.


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