National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

25 April 2019

This is only Harry Madin’s first year as a YFC member – but he’s already managed to work his way into a role that will help shape the future of the Federation! As a member of the Vision:2023 team, Harry is meeting with YFC members, gathering views and working with the team who are leading the new strategy for YFC. Let’s find out more about this Hill Shepherd from Cumbria who joined Lamplugh YFC 

When did you join YFC?

I joined in September 2018, so not long really. I’ve always wanted to join but it was a case of fitting it in with living away for college, but as soon as I got the chance, I joined straight away.

What made you want to join?

I was new to the area and wanted to meet new people, as well as wanting to get involved in competitions and events.

Three words to describe your club?

Really good craic.

Which activities have you got involved in since becoming a member?

I have taken part in a few events when I have had chance, including stockjudging and have taken part in the Situations Vacant competition. However the biggest YFC thing I’ve been involved with has to be the Vision:2023 group.

Why did you want to help progress YFC?

I wanted to help improve YFC members’ experiences. Everyone has an idea about what YFC should be – it is great to be part of the team trying to make those ideas a reality.

What is the best thing you have done in YFC?

Winning the one game of pool as a club was the best thing so far. We were rubbish but we didn’t finish last, so for us that’s as good as a win! Being part of the Vision:2023 group is the highlight though. I’m really looking forward to getting to meet new people and travelling around to shows and events, then taking the views of members back to the group.

Your greatest achievement outside of YFC?

Taking part in the Farmers Weekly Apprentice 2018 competition final is up there! I was one of nine finalists that went to Harper Adams for the week and took part in a number of competitions each day. At the end of the week we went into a primary school to give a presentation about the dairy food chain as an example of where their food comes from. It was great – the kids knew their stuff and kept us on our toes. I didn’t win the competition unfortunately but a good mate of mine did so I am proud of him.

A personal achievement for me is working with the collies I’ve trained on the fells – it’s not much but it’s good to see all the time and effort was worth it.

What do you hope to achieve through YFC?

I’m hoping to get my name on a few of the club’s trophies and possibly compete at a County level in something. Mostly I want to help achieve a positive outcome for YFC that everyone can be proud of.

Is there anyone in YFC you would like to thank?

I’d like to thank everyone in Lamplugh YFC for welcoming me into the club. But I would mostly like to thank anyone who has been willing to drive to and from club meetings, it’s a long drive and it’s often late with early starts the next day, so they deserve a big shout out.

To find out more about Vision:2023 and how you can get involved visit here



25 April 2019

NFYFC has changed the wrapping on its membership magazine Ten26 to potato starch to improve its green footprint and to show the organisation’s commitment to the #ProtectYourFuture initiative.

The 32-page membership magazine is sent out to more than 20,000 members, three times a year, and the spring issue has been wrapped for the first time in potato starch, making it fully biodegradable.

The new wrapping is compostable and recyclable in council garden bins or home composts.

The starch is sourced from the food industry’s waste stock and is processed to release the starch before being manufactured into granules. The paper Ten26 is printed on is also FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) approved.

Lucy Stowell, the Events and Marketing Steering Group Chairman, from Norfolk FYFC said: “It’s great news that Ten26 will now always be sent out to members in biodegradable packaging. In the spring issue we are sharing information about our Protect Your Future campaign so it’s even more important that this message is being delivered in an environmentally friendly way.”

To see the latest issue of Ten26, visit here. For information about advertising in Ten26 contact Sophie Willingale.






23 April 2019

The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) is aware that there are a number of YFC members who are interested in visiting Blackpool over the bank holiday weekend of the 3-5 May 2019. 

NFYFC is not organising or involved in any events that are being hosted in Blackpool during that weekend and YFC members have been advised about this in letters to their Club Chairmen and through communications with County Staff and Council representatives.

Any YFC members who choose to go to Blackpool over the first bank holiday weekend in May do so as individuals and do not represent Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFC) or NFYFC. 

As this is not an NFYFC or YFC event, the use of the NFYFC logo is not sanctioned to be put on display or to be worn during that weekend in Blackpool.

Any person who chooses to go to Blackpool during the 3-5 May 2019 has been informed via correspondence with all YFC clubs that they must not bring the YFC or NFYFC names into disrepute – this means where NFYFC’s name or the YFC name are communicated in connection with an incident. NFYFC will take action against anyone who brings the NFYFC name or YFC name into disrepute.

As the event in Blackpool on 3-5 May has not been organised or sanctioned by NFYFC, the YFC membership insurance policy will not provide any insurance cover for both public and personal liability.

NFYFC will not be in Blackpool during the weekend and will not be able to provide assistance to YFC members who are there. NFYFC has informed the local authorities and the Council about this. 


17 April 2019

A trip along the Great Yarmouth seafront and a spot of camping were in order for members of Dereham YFC during their tractor run in April to raise money for Yellow Wellies and the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Seven tractors and support vehicles completed the circuit from Dereham Town Centre, along the Norfolk Coast to Kings Lyn and back down the A47 to Dereham.

The tractor cohort parked up in the Morrisons car park in Diss when they stopped for lunch – much to the amusement of local shoppers. And on the seafront it was the donkeys and local tourists who looked amazed as the seven tractors passed by.

The two-day event meant camping out in the cold at Reedham Ferry – but the team managed to get in practice for the Tug of War by pulling the tractors around. The successful mission raised more than £500 for the two charities.

Dereham YFC member Lucy Stowell said:  “The weekend was a great team building activity for the club as it brought together all members young and old, advisory and friends.” 






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. 



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