National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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13 April 2019

In this time of unprecedented political uncertainty, we know the government’s preferred option is to leave the EU with a deal but there’s also a range of information and guidance in case the UK leaves the EU without a Brexit deal.

We’re all in this together, so let’s help communicate as much useful information as possible.

Guidance has already been prepared by government on the farmer information page on the government website. Further details will continue to be circulated regarding EU Exit as and when received and you can follow @DefraGovUK or visit Prepare your business or organisation for the UK leaving the EU and Prepare for EU Exit.

Specific information is available in the following areas:  

 

Concluding the Special European Council held on 10 April, the Prime Minister agreed with the EU27 leaders an extension to the EU Exit process. The conclusions are here and key points are:

  • The UK and the EU27 have agreed to grant a flexible extension of the Article 50 period for six months to 31 October;
  • If the Withdrawal Agreement is ratified by both parties before 31 October, the extension would be terminated (withdrawal would take place on the first day of the following month);
  • The agreement also includes a “take stock” moment at the 20-21 June European Council;
  • During this time, the UK will continue sincere cooperation as a full Member State with all the relevant rights and obligations;
  • HMG has agreed this extension through a letter from Sir Tim Barrow to Donald Tusk.


11 April 2019

The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs announces that the agenda of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and invitation for YFC members to attend the AGM have now been published. 

The AGM will be held at Stareton Hall, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth on 12 May 2019 from 10.30am.

The meeting will honour the successes of the membership in 2018 and includes nine trophies being awarded to outstanding clubs and counties for their achievements in 2018.

There are also two motions and amendments that YFC members are proposing at the meeting and these will be debated and voted on by representatives from each YFC Club present.

AGM motions include:

  • A proposed 50% increase in the subscription fee (levy) that is paid by each member to the national Federation.
  • A proposal that “the main body of a public house (pub) is not an appropriate space for YFC business meetings”.

The NFYFC Council, comprising YFC members, has proposed a 50% increase to the national subscription fee, which at the current rate represents an increase of 18p per week (bringing the total NFYFC membership fee to 52p per week).

YFC members are proposing the increase due to the Federation’s growing deficit. This has been caused by minimal increases to the subscription over previous years, external income that is no longer available to the NFYFC and also because of the increased demand in services provided by the NFYFC to its 615 YFCs and 46 County Federations.

The outcome of the motion will impact the future of the national organisation and the services it provides.

NFYFC’s Chairman of Council Katie Hall said: “I am proposing a 50% increase to the membership fee because we need to invest in our national organisation if we want it to thrive.

“The support services NFYFC provides to our YFC Clubs and County Federations is incredible and if we, as members, can not pay an extra 18p per week to ensure we continue to get this support then we are damaging our own futures. It’s time to look to the future and ensure we have a YFC for years to come.” 

Five amendments from County Federations have been put forward to the subscription motion and these will also be officially proposed and debated by YFC members during the meeting.

YFC members will also be given the opportunity to debate meeting spaces. Due to there often being a lack of local rural venues for clubs to meet, YFCs regularly organise meetings at the local pub. While meeting in a function or private room of a public house is considered acceptable and supportive of local rural businesses and the community, the NFYFC Council would like all clubs to debate whether meeting in the ‘bar area’ (the main body of the pub) is appropriate when nearly half of all members are aged under 18.

Following the AGM, five teams will compete in the national Performing Arts finals at the Spa Centre, Leamington Spa from 2.30pm and seven YFC members will compete in the Senior Member of the Year competition. Tickets are available from the Spa Centre’s box office.

To see the full agenda for the 87th Annual General Meeting, click here. 



09 April 2019

It might have been a mucky job, but Falmouth YFC's annual dung run certainly proved profitable as the club are celebrating raising more than £2,500 from their hard work.   

The proceeds raised from the event will be split between the Sunrise Cancer Centre at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Breage Pre-School and Falmouth YFC.

The annual Dung Run involved 30 members donning their wellies to fill over 1,000 bags of cattle manure and then jumping in tractors to deliver to gardens, allotments and flowerbeds across Falmouth and its surrounding areas.  

Club Chairman Ben Coleman said: "Being a Young Farmer is not just about tractors, cows and flat caps - it's so much more than that."

"Young Farmers is all about getting to meet like-minded people, to have fun and to learn new skills – and if in doing so, we can benefit local causes - then it makes being a member of YFC even more worth it."

Falmouth YFC is one of 20 YFC Clubs that make up the Cornwall Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs and has around 28 members. The Dung Run is just one of the fundraising events the club hosts annually.

The club would like to thank everyone that kindly purchased bags of dung and also to the donors of the dung, the bags and the vehicles for delivering. 






09 April 2019

The Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), which includes NFYFC, is focusing on handling livestock safely in the second phase of its farm safety campaign.

NFYFC will be joining the farming industry to promote good practice when it comes to handling livestock. Incidents involving livestock are the second biggest overall cause of fatal injury in the farm work place second only to transport.

This spring, the FSP will be urging all farmers and farm workers to:

  • Select, use and maintain well-designed handling facilities.
  • Be extremely cautious when entering a cattle enclosure and always have an escape route.
  • Remove aggressive animals from the herd.
  • Separate livestock from the public wherever possible.

NFU Vice President and FSP Chairman Stuart Roberts said: “The FSP is working towards a target of halving farm fatalities by the end of 2023, but to reach this target we need farmers on the ground to start taking action and making real changes.

“A lot of it is common sense which can be easily overlooked when you’re busy or tired; taking extra precautions when a cow is with a calf, maintaining handling facilities so they are fully fit for purpose, not simply selling on an aggressive animal to another farmer.

“If we can take a second to identify where the risks are, we can actually take those risks away.”

David Goodwin NFYFC AGRI Steering Group Chairman said: “It's important that young farmers understand the risks of managing livestock and take steps to better manage those risks.

"NFYFC will be supporting the FSP with these key safety messages to ensure the next generation of farmers are leading the way when it comes to farm safety."

For more information and guidelines or to follow the discussion on social media, use the hashtag #FarmSafetyPartnership.


08 April 2019

YFC members are being offered the chance to visit a LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) demonstration farm – Clacks Farm, (part of Crowmarsh Battle Farms Ltd) – to learn more about conservation management and running a sustainable business.  

The farm visit, which has been set up by the NFYFC AGRI Steering Group, will give 20 YFC members a  free opportunity to discuss diversification projects, conservation and arable farming.

YFC members will see Crowmarsh Battle Farms Ltd's whole farm approach, where rotations, the selective use of inputs and efficient use of resources is balanced with planned environmental management to make a truly sustainable business.

The Chamberlain family has been farming at Benson for over a hundred years and Philip Chamberlain is the third generation to run the family business. The farm is an all arable enterprise of 3000 acres. Conservation management has always been seen as complementary to profitable arable farming and Crowmarsh Battle Farm follows LEAF and Integrated Farm Management (IFM) principles.

The evening will be a great opportunity to further the future environmental land management system conversation started at the YFC AGRI Take Control of Your Future event at Bakewell in February.

There are twenty places for this free event and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Visit EventBrite to book your tickets



02 April 2019

It might be a rubbish job – but a litter pick by Vale O Lune YFC in Lancashire brought the club together and made a difference to their local community.

The club wanted to do something positive to support NFYFC’s Protect Your Future campaign and took inspiration from the fact the Great British Spring Clean ran from the 22 March – 23 April.

Thirty members cleared litter along three miles of cycle track that runs between car parks in Bullbeck and Denny Beck.

The areas are used regularly by YFC members and the local community and are now looking a lot smarter since the club filled bags of rubbish using litter picking tools donated by David Hartley Towing and Training.

Club Chairman Steve Taylor said: “It was a good team building exercise and you can see we’ve made a difference. It also promoted YFC as being here to make a difference. We had a strong turn out of over 30 people, which was very good for such a ‘rubbish’ job.”

If your club wants to get involved in the Protect Your Future campaign, visit the campaign pages. 



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