National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

05 January 2018

Change brings opportunity for young farmers says Ed Ford, Chairman of the National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs (NFYFC)

NFYFC's response to the presentation made by Michael Gove at the Oxford Farming Conference regarding changes to subsidies

"NFYFC acknowledges the industry changes ahead but we are also excited by the opportunities this offers the next generation of farmers.

"Many YFC members had the chance to discuss their farming experience and share their thoughts about future policy considerations with Defra during regional and county discussion groups at the end of last year. We are pleased to see many of those ideas are being taken into consideration.

"The industry needs dynamic and determined farmers to lead the way and develop this incredible industry – with the right tools and support we can do this."

You can read NFYFC's AGRI Position Paper – Considerations for a future British Agricultural Policy here.

01 January 2018

Two YFC members have been awarded an NFYFC scholarship, sponsored by The Worshipful Company of Farmers, to attend the 72nd annual Oxford Farming Conference from 3-5 January at the University of Oxford.

Members Tom Wells from Brigg YFC in Lincolnshire and Emma Kelcher from Soham YFC in Cambridgeshire, will hear from visionary speakers from around the world and can join in professional debates with industry leaders at the two day conference. 

The two lucky YFC members were chosen to be scholars after preparing a case as to why they would benefit from the experience of attending the conference.

Tom, who works on a mixed farm, said:  “As a progressive forward-thinking farmer I have always wished to attend OFC as a scholar to be at the forefront of agriculture and an ambassador for young people to pass on my learnings and inspire others.

“The 2018 Oxford Farming Conference title, Embracing Change, is of great interest to me as a young person who has begun to embrace change with GPS precision farming, soil conductivity testing and starting a new flock of pedigree Dutch Spotted Sheep which meet the demands of the modern-day consumer.”

Key topics up for discussion at this year’s OFC include digital opportunities, policy mindset and change, and disruptive business models.  Attendees can expect to hear from global speakers who have tackled both personal and professional adversity to help the industry embrace the changes ahead.

Emma, who is a Technical Manager at Elveden Farms, applied to be an OFC scholar so she could improve her understanding of future agricultural challenges. She said:

“I have a passion to see our sector grow, not just in fresh produce and potatoes but all round dairy, meat and fish, so meeting like-minded people from these sectors would give me the chance to understand what challenges they begin to face, and how our sectors can help each other out “

Massey Ferguson has also funded five places at the conference for Chairmen of the five YFC organisations. 

You can find out more about the OFC here.



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