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19 September 2017

A new free business guide offering essential advice about how to get a farming business started has been launched by The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) and Savills.

The online resource, which is being launched during National Young Farmers’ Week (18-24 September), was created in response to demand from young people who wanted more support for starting successful farming business ventures.

As the industry faces huge changes post-Brexit, the Smart Farming Guide, supported by Defra, offers a one-stop shop for practical advice on starting, funding, protecting and growing a robust agri business. This mobile-friendly, online guide will be continually updated with information during a time of unprecedented change.

The guide also helps members of Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFCs) to plan and deliver business development competitions as part of their programme of activities for developing YFC members’ skills.

Highlights of the Smart Farming Guide include

  • Case studies from successful farming entrepreneurs such as Chris Wildman from the Town End Farm Shop and Guy Watson from Riverford Organics. 
  • Advice on the types of finance available.
  • Risk analysis and business protection advice. 
  • A resources section with links to wider business support.   
  • Previous NFYFC work, including videos giving advice on starting the succession conversation and links to the business opportunity matching service.
 

Sarah Palmer, NFYFC’s Agriculture and PR Manager, said: “The aim of the project was to encourage early take-up of good business practice and provide an on-line guide for all aspects of business development. Expertise and collaboration were key components of the project offering YFC members a comprehensive guide on many levels.  

“Both YFC members and the European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA) have raised awareness of the need for business support and new business models of collaboration between generations of farmers to help ensure their farming futures.  The Smart Farming Guide’s online platform helps to deliver this request and signposts many other sources of existing help and advice.”

NFYFC and Savills have first-hand experience of developing and delivering business development training.  The guide will be a linked to future projects to ensure consistent advice and information.

Clive Beer Savills, Head of Savills UK Rural Professional Services, said: “The framework within which UK agriculture operates is about to undergo the biggest change since the repeal of the Corn Laws in 1846. During the next few years our trading platforms and subsidies will change and we have to hope that these negotiations and outcomes put UK agriculture in a strong position for the future.

“This is a really exciting initiative which provides a central resource to all young farmers and I am delighted that Savills is supporting it.”

NFYFC’s President Charlotte Smith said: “This is most definitely a legacy project and a great future asset for all YFC members.”

National Young Farmers’ Week is a celebration of the work YFCs do in their local communities and the contribution they make to the future of the industry and the rural environment.

Visit the Smart Farming Guide.


18 September 2017

The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) is celebrating its 85th anniversary during National Young Farmers’ Week (18-24 September), following a hugely successful campaign to support rural communities.
 
Members of the leading rural youth organisation spent more than 4,000 hours over the last year as part of a nationwide campaign to fundraise and deliver community projects that benefited local residents. The hard work was all part of an NFYFC campaign called the Countryside Challenge, funded by Pears Foundation and The Office for Civil Society.
 
Feedback from the campaign revealed that 100% of respondents who lived in the areas that benefited from a YFC project said that it would have a positive impact on their local community.
 
Survey findings also revealed how local communities viewed YFC members after the projects were completed, with the top three attributes for Young Farmers being friendly (95%), hard working (91%) and organised (87%). Other key qualities highlighted about YFC members were that they were inspiring and helpful.
 
Projects ranged from cleaning up churchyards and village signs to hosting fundraising events to raise money for local causes.
 
Thanks to the funding support, NFYFC was able to give out £15,200 worth of funding to YFCs who applied for £400 to help them deliver their Countryside Challenge project.
 
This money paid for necessary tools and equipment or was reinvested back into club funds to help develop their club and activities for members.
 
Deputy Director of Pears Bridget McGing said: “The YFCs taking part in the Countryside Challenge have been particularly impressive in their ability to organise and manage social action projects. From the ambitious scale of the projects devised by the clubs, through to the careful budgeting, reporting and risk assessments carried out, the YFCs have definitely demonstrated the extraordinary potential of young people.”
 
As well as the Countryside Challenge, YFCs annually raise an estimated £1.2m for charity every year through fundraising and collectively spend thousands of hours supporting local community projects. This impressive amount is on top of the money they must raise to supplement the running costs of their clubs and the hours spent nurturing their members.
 
This National Young Farmers’ Week, YFCs will be celebrating the positive impact they make on their rural communities and in developing young people’s skills.
 
The aim of the week is promote YFCs to more rural young people so they are aware of the benefits the Federation can offer them by providing an active social network and developing skills.
 
There are 25,000 members of NFYFC who are all offered opportunities to take on roles in their YFCs to help with the running, budgeting and management of their charity. There are also opportunities at a County, Area and National level as a member-led organisation.
 
The skills developed through NFYFC’s competitions, training, travel and agricultural activities have all proven to benefit young people throughout their lives, which is why NFYFC will be using the hashtag #yfcforlife during this National Young Farmers’ Week. The week will focus on different topics over the seven days and will culminate in the national finals of Cookery and Floral Arts at the Malvern Autumn Show in Worcestershire.
 
Clubs will be celebrating the event by posting photos of their YFC online as part of a nationwide photo competition that will be judged by NFYFC’s President, and broadcaster, Charlotte Smith and NFYFC’s Ambassador Chris Stark from BBC Radio 1.  
 
NFYFC’s President Charlotte Smith said: “I am very proud to be the President of the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs and want the nation to know more about one of our countryside’s best kept secrets. YFC is more than farming - it’s one of the only rural youth services we have that helps develop young people’s skills and provides a much-needed social network in the countryside. Here’s to a successful National Young Farmers’ Week, raising awareness of this fantastic organisation and celebrating all that is great about our young people.”
 
NFYFC’s Ambassador Chris Stark from BBC Radio 1 said: “You don’t have to be a farmer to be a young farmer, which is a brilliant motto because I love Young Farmers’ Clubs but don’t know very much at all about farming. Despite my distinct lack of farming knowledge, loads of YFCs have welcomed me to their events and farms and I’ve loved learning more about the countryside and what young people are getting up to! I’m proud to be an Ambassador for Young Farmers’ Clubs – as they offer a social life, an opportunity to learn new skills and a place to achieve great things! Let’s celebrate how great our YFCs are this National Young Farmers’ Week.”
 
National Young Farmers’ Week 2017 runs from 18-24 September and there are a number of social media assets available to download from the website for NFYFC supporters to use to raise awareness of YFCs during the week. 
 
Read our stories from YFC members who have benefited from being a member of a Young Farmers’ Club throughout their lives.
 
See endorsements for National Young Farmers’ Week from Adam Henson and Jimmy Doherty as well as from a range of NFYFC's sponsors and supporters.  
 


08 September 2017

Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFCs) will be promoting how great their clubs are by taking part in a nationwide photo competition during National Young Farmers’ Week (18-24 September 2017) organised by leading rural youth organisation The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC).

Judged by NFYFC Ambassador Chris Stark from BBC Radio 1 and Farming Today presenter and NFYFC President Charlotte Smith,YFCs are being asked to take a club selfie in their YFC shirts that will promote the benefits of joining their YFC out of the 619 clubs in England and Wales.

The winning photo will be the one that makes the judges want to join their YFC the most and the club will win a digital camera, with video functionality, courtesy of HOPS Recruitment, NFYFC’s specialist agri recruitment company. 

NFYFC President Charlotte Smith said: “I will be looking for some interesting ideas in the photos our YFCs enter to this competition! As I am starting to get out and about to meet more YFC members, I’ve realised that, despite all of you being part of the same Federation, each club is unique.

“It’s amazing to see all the different activities you host every week in your clubs and I can’t wait to see how you portray all of this in your photo entries. So phones - and even actual cameras - at the ready, to see if you can capture what your YFC is all about in just one picture!”

NFYFC Ambassador Chris Stark from BBC Radio 1 said: “I'm really excited to see all the entries for the National Young Farmers' Week photo competition. You all know how much I love visiting and DJ’n for as many of the 619 Young Farmers’ Clubs as possible across England and Wales. It's fair to say if you've been to one of my gigs that I end up taking a lot of photos myself! This sounds like a fun competition and I'm looking forward to seeing pictures that show me and the rest of the world what is great about being part of a YFC.”

To enter, YFCs need to take a fun and creative club selfie and post it on social media (Instagram, Facebook or Twitter) using the hashtag #yfcforlife and tagging @NFYFC and @hopsls in your post.

Photos should be posted during National Young Farmers’ Week and the winners will be announced the following week.

National Young Farmers’ Week 2017 runs from 18-24 September and culminates in our national finals of Cookery and Floral Arts at the Malvern Autumn Show in Worcestershire. There are a number of social media assets available to download from the NFYFC website for NFYFC supporters to use to raise awareness of YFCs during the week.

About National Young Farmers’ Week 2017

National Young Farmers’ Week celebrates the positive impact YFCs have on their rural communities and in developing young people’s skills. The aim of the week is promote YFCs to more rural young people so they are aware of the benefits the Federation can offer them by providing an active social network and developing skills.
There are 24,500 members of NFYFC who are all offered opportunities to take on roles in their YFCs to help with the running, budgeting and management of their charity. There are also opportunities at a County, Area and National level as a member-led organisation. The skills developed through NFYFC’s competitions, training, travel and agricultural activities have all proven to benefit young people throughout their lives, which is why we will be using the hashtag #yfcforlife during this National Young Farmers’ Week.



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