National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

26 January 2011

NFYFC started gearing up for CAP reform during 2010 with a range of activity, culminating in talks to rejoin CEJA, the European Council of Young Farmers - the voice of Europe’s next generation of farmers.

CAP reform presents future opportunities for young farmers and new entrants, and CEJA acts as a forum for communication between young farmers and European decision-makers

Read more about the work of your European counterparts and help to make a democratic decision on your organisation’s future by taking our quick online poll here.

20 January 2011

NFYFC’s youth forum is challenging the federation’s under-18s to design a mascot to act as the face of their new communication channel with the organisation.

YFC members have until the closing date of 31 July 2011 to design and name an entity which will then answer questions of behalf of NFYFC.

The mascot can be a recognisable character or something abstract like a shape, and entries to the competition can be submitted in the form of either a paper drawing or created on a computer.

The winning entry will be chosen after the closing date and announced in the autumn 2011 Ten26. It will be professionally rendered by a graphic designer and will then have its own space on the NFYFC website.

Under-18s will be able to email questions to the mascot on anything ­– from how to organise a dance to more serious questions on safeguarding – and receive an expert reply from NFYFC through the mascot.

Entries, clearly marked Mascot Competition, should be sent to NFYFC at the address on the back page of Ten26 before the deadline or emailed to

The competition was devised by the forum as a way of tackling one of its priorities for action for NFYFC during its first meeting in October 2010.

The group, made up of past and present Junior YFC Member of the Year finalists and chaired by past winner Aled Jones, highlighted communication; input from younger members, promoting YFC in schools and universities, and more events for younger members as issues among their priorities for the coming year.

20 January 2011

Effectively representing young people is top of the agenda for NFYFC's newly created youth forum, which is holding its next meeting on 22 January at the YFC Centre in Stoneleigh, Warwickshire.

A delegate from the British Youth Council will be visiting the group to deliver training to help the forum members collect and feedback the views of the federation's junior members.

 The forum will also be discussion the mascot competition launched this month, the role they will play in the NFYFC democratic structure including how they will feedback to the NFYFC council.

07 January 2011

NFYFC's Richard Thomas represented Young Farmers' Clubs at this year's Oxford Union Debate on the topic: "This house believes unrestrained population growth and food security are incompatible."

Agriculture & Rural Affairs steering group member Richard was opposing the motion will be Sir Paul Judge, chairman of  Schroder Income Growth Fund and president of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Association of MBAs and a past chairman of Food from Britain.

Proposing the motion was Jonathon Porritt, co-founder of Forum for the Future, a writer, broadcaster and commentator on sustainable developmen, seconded by Angharad Evans, the winner of the 2010 Young Advocates Competition and a recent MSc graduate in international agriculture from the Royal Agricultural College.

Richard, who has a degree in agricultural marketing from Harper Adams and now runs the family farm with his father, also current chairman of the West Midlands area.


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