National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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01 May 2019

The NFU has officially launched its new Student & Young Farmer Ambassador Programme, which offers the chance for 8-12 young people to put their own stamp on the future of British farming as they represent the organisation for one year.

The programme is designed to give the upcoming generation an opportunity to build their knowledge and become an influential part of the industry, all while receiving the core skills they need to promote themselves and British farming.

The ambassadors will be representing the NFU at various events over the course of 12 months, including the Lord Mayor’s Show, NFU Conference and a #StudentFarmer magazine trip.

Application criteria:

  • Be an NFU Student & Young Farmer member (Sign up to the free membership here)
  • Aged between 18 and 26 years
  • Have a vested interest in farming and rural affairs
  • Are available to attend all events
  • Have an interest in speaking to the media or writing content for #StudentFarmer magazine

NFU next generation forum chairman Simon Gadd said: “The Ambassador Programme is a fantastic opportunity for young people, from both farming and non-farming backgrounds, to get stuck in to an industry that is both incredibly challenging and incredibly rewarding.

“With new technologies constantly changing the farming landscape and with Brexit on the horizon, it’s never been a more exciting time to think about the future of British farming.

“I urge all students and young farmers with a vested interest in farming and rural affairs to apply, and experience whole new aspects of the agricultural industry.”

Applications are open until 1 July 2019 and you can click here to apply and find out more information about the programme and its benefits.


01 May 2019

YFC members are being invited to share their views about plans to modernise and update agricultural tenancy legislation at a dedicated NFYFC event with Defra representatives.

The event, on 11 June at Staffordshire County Showground, seeks to gather feedback from new entrants and next generation farmers which will feed into NFYFC's response to Defra's public consultation and call for evidence.

Defra's proposals aim to remove existing barriers to productivity improvements and help bring about structural change, improving the overall competitiveness and sustainability of the tenant farming sector. The plans build on the work of the Tenancy Reform Industry Group (TRIG) - NFYFC is represented on this industry group - which has provided advice on the key policy priorities for the tenanted sector as the UK leaves the EU.  TRIG Chairman and former NFYFC Chairman Julian Sayers will join Defra representatives at the event to help gain feedback from young farmers.

AGRI Chairman and tenant farmer David Goodwin urges YFC members to attend the event organised by NFYFC on 11 June at Staffordshire FYFC’s county office.

“We have a small window of time to ensure that we feedback our thoughts on Defra’s proposals for tenancy reform.  As we’ve been active in working with industry and government to represent the next generation during this time of policy change, we hope to see as many YFC members as possible at the Staffordshire YFC office in June."

The options that are being explored include:

  • Enabling tenants of Agricultural Holdings Act (AHA) agreements to hand over their lease to new tenant farmers on their retirement, encouraging earlier succession planning.
  • Incentivising more landlords to let new Farm Business Tenancies of 10 years or more, giving tenants greater security to invest and grow a sustainable businesses.
  • Removing barriers which may currently dis-incentivise landlords and tenants from investing and making improvements to their AHA rented holdings. For example, there is currently the risk that agreed tenant interest payments made on investments can be lost during the rent review process.

As the existing legislation on agricultural tenancy applies to England and Wales, two consultations will run for 12 weeks in both countries.

If you would like to attend the NFYFC AGRI event on Tuesday 11 June at Staffordshire FYFC County Office, Staffordshire County Showground, 6.30- 8.30 pm, please visit the NFYFC Facebook event page.


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