National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

06 October 2017

Whitchurch YFC is the winner of NFYFC’s YFC Selfie competition 2017 – beating off 53 other entries to the prize of a digital camera, courtesy of HOPS Recruitment.

Judges Chris Stark from BBC Radio 1 and NFYFC President Charlotte Smith were tasked with choosing the YFC they would most like to join after looking at all the YFC Selfies and Whitchurch YFC was their favourite.

“The picture sums up everything about the spirit of young farmers. A group of people who work hard but through NFYFC make great friends, support each other and have a laugh,” said Chris.  “Whatever they are up to when this was taken looks fun, everyone’s smiling and it makes me want to don a cow onesie and get involved. Nice one guys!” 

The Shropshire Club was formed in 1961 and has more than 100 members who meet at Whitchurch Rugby Club every Wednesday. 

Chairman Harry Morgan and Club Secretary Jayne Bennett were thrilled to hear that Chris and Charlotte wanted to join their club and offered them an open invitation to join as long as they love dressing up and are willing to try their hand at ploughing at their annual match.

“It is such a buzz to win a tough competition and an awesome job by the Whitchurch YFC team,” said Harry. “Members brought along their achievements from the year and props including the amazing cow onesies! We can’t wait to use our shiny new camera to capture all of the fun moments of our YFC calendar. Thank you so much HOPS!”

Whitchurch YFC won a new digital camera with video functionality so they can record even more great memories, thanks to HOPS Recruitment. HOPS Director John Hardman said: “Congratulations from all at HOPS to Whitchurch YFC on winning the YFC Selfie competition. We love the cow onesies!”

NFYFC President Charlotte said despite a difficult choice, the winner shone out. “This pic just makes me smile, it just looks fun. Which is NFYFC all over: friends, fun, learning, supporting and some dodgy fashion choices!”

Whitchurch YFC said they would love Chris Stark and Charlotte Smith to join their club but the invitation comes with a few conditions: 

  1. They must love dressing up. “We love fancy dress! As you can see from our selfie and we organise a fancy dress Christmas bash every year and enter the drama competition, which we can’t wait for this year because its panto,” says Harry. 
  2. Be creative. “We love creative members or even just block painters because we love competing at the Shropshire show float competition and have won 1st prize four times in the last five years!” says Harry. 
  3. Ploughing enthusiasts. “We organise an annual ploughing match, which is now the largest independent ploughing match in the UK attracting 126 plough men last year!”
  4. Helpful. “They should be willing to offer a helping hand because our very own member Clarrie Hocknell is County Chair this year and we are excited about helping her – especially having Shropshire Chairman’s ball right on our doorstep!”
  5. Party animals. “We love to party and host a summer bash and dinner and dance every year in September and we hold a bonfire and fireworks every year which is always successful with young farmers and the local community.” 
  6. Team players. “In 2017 we were the second largest club in Shropshire with over 100 members – we are hoping to be the biggest and the best this year and repeat our success of October 2016 when we were named top club in Top 10 magazine.” 
  7. Sporty and competitive. “We love getting involved with the tug of war, netball and football competitions especially!”

03 October 2017

YFCs across England and Wales have been reuniting this autumn for another year of competitions, club activities, training and social activities. Social media feeds are full of news from clubs planning activities and events and NFYFC has put together this helpful guide so you can get your YFC off to the best start!

There are loads of resources and support available to ensure you have the best YFC experience possible, here are some highlights:

Let’s Get Competitive

The competitions programme is at the heart of YFC; constantly evolving to provide members with knowledge and abilities that are relevant to their lives and careers, and promote good citizenship. Try to include Area and National competitions in your club programmes – this will help members to practice and prepare and you might discover some hidden talents. 

There is plenty of information about Competitions, including details on how to apply, competition guidelines, and useful hints and tips, available in The Source. You will find the information under Section 3 of 'Club Mix: Your club programme guide', on the competitions section of the website and training is available.  

Broaden Your Knowledge

Your training and development is really important to NFYFC. We have developed a suite of 18 bite-size learning modules (with more on the way) that are designed to be delivered in clubs during your weekly meetings. The Curve is designed to explore everything from organising the best money spinners to strengthening relationships in your clubs. Find out more about the Curve.

Don’t forget that NFYFC also offers a host of hands-on agricultural courses; from Meat for the Market training to free ATV maintenance training with Honda. Take a look at the range of training and development available to members

Training courses could not only help you learn something completely new but will also develop hands-on skills that can help you and your club be more successful

Successful Socials

Are you prepping for Harvest Suppers or struggling to organise your bonfire night? NFYFC has lots of useful hints and tips designed to ensure your events are financially stable, safe and enjoyable for all members.

If you’re looking for some advice planning and preparing for your club events our ‘Running Safer Social Events' document covers all the things you will need to consider pre, post and during your event.

Useful info for bonfire nights

Organising Fireworks displays and bonfires 

HSE guidance on fireworks displays

03 October 2017

The EU must lift the barriers to young people in the farming sector by offering them access to land and a fair income, according to a survey released by CEJA. 

The UK provided 53 responses to the EU-wide survey, which highlighted the barriers for young farmers.The survey also revealed that European young farmers are environmentally conscious and want to be recognised by society for their work sustaining local communities.

The European Young Farmers: Building a Sustainable Sector report was launched at the European Parliament and NFYFC and NFU Next Generation CEJA reps James Evans and Richard Bower represented the UK at the meeting in Brussels.

Opening the conference, CEJA President Jannes Maes said: “Without young farmers in the fields of Europe the future of food production and open landscapes would be compromised.” He said the report would raise awareness about the situation of young farmers across the EU.

During their time in Brussels, James and Richard were part of a working group to consider the EU consultation on a fairer food supply chain and contributed to the formulation of a CEJA paper on Unfair Trading Practices (UTP).

Around 100 people attended the conference including young farmers from across the EU, NGOs, industry associations, and EU and national officials.

Download the full European Young Farmers: Building a Sustainable Sector report.



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