National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

23 January 2018

This February, any member of the YFC can be nominated to be part of the NFYFC Council as a co-option and/or be elected as a co-option to sit on one of the five steering groups that help shape NFYFC activities and events.

Each Steering Group offers three additional co-option places.  These places are available to current YFC members, associate members or individuals (non-YFC members) with special knowledge of a topic that will support the steering group and its work. See the details below for the skills each steering group is looking for from YFC members.

NFYFC Council members are able to co-opt a maximum of 16 people to the NFYFC Council. These co-option places are open to both individuals and organisations (up to 10 places) that can offer expertise, knowledge and experience to support the NFYFC Council to make informed decisions. Individuals are co-opted for a one-year term and can be co-opted for a maximum of three terms (i.e three-years). 

Potential co-options can submit a statement of approx 100 words giving an outline of the expertise and experience that they could bring to the Steering Group and/or Council and why they should be co-opted. 

For more information about co-options see the full details here.

Submissions should be completed using this form here or an email can be sent to Sandra Bromley  by 12 noon on Friday 16 February.

Following the deadline, the statements will be circulated to the relevant Steering Group members (steering groups comprise 14 members from the seven Areas) or to Council members (for Council co-options) as they are responsible for proposing and seconding potential co-options to Steering Groups/Council

CAN YOU OFFER THESE SKILLS?

The Agriculture and Rural Issues Steering Group is seeking applicants who have an active working knowledge of, or particular interest in, farming and rural industries, agricultural and rural allied industries, education or policy.  For further information please contact Sarah Palmer  024 7685 7213.

The Competitions Steering Group is seeking applicants who have skills in at least one of the following areas - sports, farm skills, stockjudging and speaking.  For further information please contact Margaret Bennett  024 7685 7216.

The Events and Marketing Steering Group is seeking applicants who are experienced marketeers, skilled event managers, social and/or printed media experts. For further information please contact Erica Attwood 024 76 857 218.

The Personal Development Steering Group is seeking applicants who have knowledge of either youthwork, travel or training.  For further information please contact Cath Sykes 024 7685 7220.

The Youth Forum is looking for members aged 10-20 who are interested in ensuring that YFC offers exciting opportunities for the younger members in terms of the competitions, events and projects they can access within the organisation. They work with the other four NFYFC Steering Groups and Council to ensure that members aged 10-20 have a voice. For further information please contact Jodie Green 024 7685 7222.



19 January 2018

Scott Mills and Chris Stark from BBC Radio 1 have confirmed they will play the Saturday night at Annual Convention 2018 when 5,000 young farmers will be glowing in the dark in their fancy dress outfits!

The famous duo, who are both NFYFC Ambassadors, will be hitting the decks at Convention for the fourth time (five for Chris) and it will be the third time they have played together in Blackpool for YFC crowds.

The fancy dress theme was chosen by YFC members in an online poll and Glow in the Dark was the clear winner out of this year’s three choices. YFC members will now be coming up with creative ideas on how their costumes can ‘light-up’ Convention.  

The fancy dress night is one of the most popular events over the weekend (4-6 May) and Events and Marketing Steering Group Chairman Katie Hall said it was amazing to have the boys back again. 

“Scott and Chris have consistently been rated highly by YFC members in our post-Convention surveys – they always deliver a great set and have fun with the crowd. They understand Young Farmers and what we like, so everyone on the Events and Marketing Steering Group agreed it would be great to have them back. We’re so pleased they agreed to join us again!”

Two more exciting DJs are set to be announced for the Friday and Sunday nights at Convention, along with a list of live bands and fun daytime entertainment.

NFYFC will be announcing Convention news over the next few weeks on social media so look out for the updates or keep checking www.yfcconvention.org.uk.

To buy tickets, find out more information here.



18 January 2018

Two full days of networking and learning have helped two YFC members think about the future industry changes needed to survive.

Tom Wells from Brigg YFC in Lincolnshire and Emma Kelcher from Soham YFC in Cambridgeshire were awarded NFYFC scholarships, sponsored by The Worshipful Company of Farmers, for the Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) in January this year, where the theme was about embracing change.

The pair were among 50 scholars at the OFC and as well as the full conference programme, they were given a media training session with mock interviews from Radio 4's Anna Hill, group exercises, analysing food retail in Oxford city centre and a welcome reception from the McDonald's agricultural team.

The conference also concluded with a Scholars' Workshop where they worked in small groups to talk one-to-one with industry leaders including: Minette Batters; the BBC botanist, James Wong; Farmers Weekly editor Karl Schneider; Mark Suthern, Barclays' National Head of Agriculture, together with senior representatives from LEAF and Farm Africa.

Tom, who works on a mixed farm, said: “I found the whole experience very enjoyable and I met lots of new people which has given me much greater professional connections and allowed me to ask tailored questions of these experts of industry.”

Conference discussions on the digital revolution and lectures on the environment and food helped both scholars think about the future.

Tom said: “I learnt that there are a lot of consumer and lifestyle changes taking place across the globe and it can be easy in a rural setting to get stuck in a bubble and not see what the consumer of tomorrow, or even today, will be eating. We need to be aware of these changes.”

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 was truly inspired by the whole conference, and also learnt so much. I would like to pass on my thanks to all the Worshipful Company of Farmers and NFYFC for allowing me to take part.”


18 January 2018

For the past 50 years the Paris International Agricultural Show has been the leading agricultural event for all the key players of the agricultural world both in France and abroad.

The show is a great way to find out more about all aspects of farming and agriculture. Amongst over 630 000 visitors and 1000 exhibitors, you will have the opportunity to interact with farmers, breeders, professional organisations & syndicates, government representatives, research institutes etc.

There will be four central themes:

  • Livestock Production and its sectors
  • Crops, Plants & Gardening sectors
  • Products from French regions and abroad
  • Services and Professions of the agricultural sector.

This way, you’ll get to learn about the sectors you’re most interested in.

Make this opportunity count for you carrier and attend the show for free thanks to the code you’ll find in our members' discount area by clicking here. This exclusive code is limited to 50 tickets*, so make sure you grab yours before they run out!

The show's English platform will help you organise your trip and book guided group tours of the show. Furthermore, there are discounts to fly with Air France KLM and for accommodation near the venue.

The Paris International Agricultural Show will take place from 24 February to 4 March 2018 at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles. Get your free badge here using the code available exclusively for National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs members.

For any enquiry or if you would like to attend as a group, don’t hesitate to contact Ariane at our UK press office for further information at ariane@promosalons.co.uk or on 020 8216 3106

*Terms and conditions apply:

  • Limited to one use per person/ one use per email address
  • Cannot be used for groups.





18 January 2018

Improving techniques and learning best practice were some of the skills that 16 YFC members picked up on the latest Train the Trainer course in the West Midlands. 

Participants came from Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Herefordshire, Derbyshire and Montgomery and will be taking back their new skills to develop training and deliver courses such as Club Officer training and Curve modules throughout their counties.

Everyone who attended the course passed and now has a recognised qualification that is certified by The Institute of Training and Occupational Learning (ITOL), which is a great addition for their CVs.

Megan Hadley from Pencombe YFC in Herefordshire told us about her experience on the two-day course.

1.    What did you think of the course?
I thought it was great. An insight to different ways to train people and also a great place to network and find out how other counties deal with different things.

2.    What new skills have you learnt?
A general overview about training. Different ways to train, different techniques and best practice.

3.    How are you planning to use those skills within YFC? 
I will be involved in delivering the Curve Modules to YFCs across Herefordshire.   

4.    Will the training help outside of YFC?
In my job role as a Product Manager for a Prepaid Card in the Payment Industry, I have to train clients on our system. This will help me with the techniques I use.

For more information about the training course, visit our Courses section.


16 January 2018

The opportunity to win a range of prizes including a GoPro Hero 6 is on offer to YFC members, aged 18-26, who create a short video promoting the importance of BVDFree. 

The competition, which is being run by BVDFree England, is aimed at increasing awareness of the national Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) eradication scheme, to support a brighter future for the next generation of cattle farmers and industry workers.

Judges will be looking for entrants to tell them why this scheme is important for our cattle industry, their farm and/or their future.

Entrants should show an understanding of how the disease and the national scheme work and are encouraged to let their imagination run wild in the short video (max 90 seconds).

The videos will be used across the industry to increase farmer awareness of the risk of BVD and inspire English beef and dairy farmers to get on board and register with the scheme.

For information on how the BVD Virus and the BVDFree Scheme work and to find out more information about entering the competition visit the website here.  

Prizes include: 

  • GoPro Hero 6 (BVDFree)
  • Datamars AirStick EID Reader (Quicktag/Roxan)
  • Lenovo Tab3 (Boehringer Ingelheim)
  • Barclays (TBC)
  • BCVA 1yr membership and BVD training course


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