National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

25 June 2019

Ideas for future competitions, training achievements and National Young Farmers’ Week were among the discussions at the June NFYFC Council meeting.  

Elected YFC members from across England and Wales represented their counties over the two days by taking part in the five steering groups on the Saturday and then meeting as a national Council on Sunday.

Each steering group is focused on an area of the Federation’s programme of work and their input helps to steer future plans.

In the Events and Marketing Steering Group new event ideas were discussed, as well as exciting plans for National Young Farmers’ Week.

The group agreed to support clubs with more information and resources in the build up to National Young Farmers’ Week, which this year will be held from 30 September to 4 October.

Lucy Stowell, Events and Markting Steering Group Chairman, said: “National Young Farmers’ Week is a fantastic opportunity for all clubs to increase their membership numbers by hosting events and promoting what they do in their local communities. By using the resources available you can help to raise the profile of your YFC and the nationwide network of YFCs available to rural young people.”

Competitions 

Changes to Competitions were debated in the Competitions Steering Group and Council agreed that regional finals would no longer take place for Public Speaking and Performing Arts. Feedback had shown that YFC members were finding it increasingly difficult to spare an extra weekend for competing in the regional finals and so now this eliminator round has been removed.

The Competitions Steering Group, Chaired by Dewi Parry, was also delighted to report that more than 100 YFC members had benefited from the subsidised British Wool Blue Seal shearing courses.

Dewi said: “We are really grateful to British Wool for offering this discounted training and helping YFC members to learn new skills. The Blue Seal is a requirement of the NFYFC Sheep Shearing competition, which is encouraging more of our members to receive this professional training.”

The competitions for 2020-21 were also confirmed at the meeting and they include Pantomime, Street Dancing, Jump Rope, Cube Exhibit, Auctioneering, Rounders, Mixed Rush Hockey and Mixed Dodgeball.

AGRI 

The AGRI Steering Group was able to report positively about recent events and resources that had been developed and delivered and of industry partnerships and representation for YFCs. AGRI’s Vice Chairman George Baxter featured in a video about crop protection to highlight the role of agronomy. George was also part of NFYFC’s panel discussion about succession that was held at Cereals in Lincolnshire earlier in June.

George said: “It has been a busy and successful few months for AGRI and we’re proud that we have been promoting young farmers’ voices in agriculture. Our next venture will be launching a new training module about succession as well as regional engagement events and new business and tenancy training. Plans are also underway for next year’s AGRI Forum.”

Training  

Thousands of YFC members have benefited from training so far in this membership year with 2,772 Curve certificates being issued – exceeding the target set by the Personal Development Steering Group.

Marcus Bailey, Chairman of the Group, said: “It’s brilliant that so many members have been taking part in NFYFC’s training programme. These are skills that will help improve people’s personal and professional lives. We hope these numbers keep rising.”

In addition, the steering group discussed the new club resource called YFC on Track which is aimed at helping clubs fulfil their charitable obligations.  This resource will be available in September.

Members of the group also discussed the YFC Travel programme and have chosen Peru, Vietnam and Ghana as group travel destinations in 2020.

Younger voices 

The Youth Forum also met during the weekend to share the views of younger members of the Federation and explore more opportunities for under 18s.

The Forum is looking at how other organisations run large scale social and residential events that cater for young people. They will also be linking up with Psych-logical to take part in a project looking at the impact of devices on young people’s wellbeing.

The Forum will also be putting forward two motions to the British Youth Council’s Annual Council Meeting in September. One motion will raise awareness of the facts around agriculture and the environment and the other will highlight the importance of including food, farming and countryside education in primary and secondary school curriculums.

Council representatives are now tasked with filtering all of the information from Council back to their counties. Please contact your County if you have not been informed of the updates from the meeting.

For more information about NFYFC Council see here. 



 





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