National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

06 December 2018

AGRI Vice Chair David Goodwin from Warwickshire FYFC represented NFYFC at CEJA’s 60th anniversary in December alongside around 180 guests including young farmers from across Europe, politicians, academics, stakeholders from the agricultural sector and members of the media.

David took part in a conference that showcased best practice by four young farmers on innovation, environmental sustainability, the empowerment of women in agriculture and communication, and a ‘Farming for the Future’ photography exhibition.

David also attended the Last Post Ceremony at Ypres' Menin Gate  to commemorate 100 years since the ending of the First World War.

CEJA President Jannes Maes said: “As much as we have evolved as an organisation over the past 60 years, we have stayed one in our diversity. Diverse in our background, language, types of production and scale. But especially one in our dreams, ambitions and in the challenges we face. The European agricultural debate has also changed over the years. It is our responsibility as young farmers to continue to take an active role in these discussions.”  

At an extraordinary General Assembly during the conference, CEJA delegates approved unanimously two new observer members: NFU Next Generation Forum from the UK and the Panhellenic Young Farmers’ Association from Greece.

EU Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner Phil Hogan said it was an honour to attend and celebrate CEJA’s 60th anniversary and that he wanted to do everything in his power to speed up generational renewal.

David then travelled from Ypres to Vienna to represent UK young farmers at an Austrian Young Farmers’ Day where he outlined the current key challenges and opportunities on his farm and for the British agricultural industry.

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