National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

16 July 2019

An opportunity to represent YFC at The Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) Conference was snapped up by Nia Borsey, a Graduate Planner at Fisher German.

Why did you want to go to the conference?

I applied for the opportunity to attend CAAV’s Conference and AGM in June as I knew it would be an excellent opportunity and an insight into the workings of CAAV.

Fisher German (my employer) are actively involved with CAAV, and in the future I would like the opportunity to take my CAAV exams. Attendance was useful for me and to make contacts with other valuers (I actually bumped into a few of my colleagues at the event!)

What happened at the conference?

The day involved various talks from academics at Harper Adams and Keele Universities, industry professionals and those who work on a daily basis in the agricultural sector.

The most inspiring talk and one which I found engaging came from Philip Maddocks and how his business, PDM Produce Ltd, had grown over the past couple of decades. It is now one of the UK’s leading specialist lettuce and baby leaf growers and processors. The ambition, passion and drive they have for the business and its innovation is really encouraging for the sector.

The professional update from Jeremey Moody, Secretary of CAAV, finished the Conference prior to the AGM beginning, along with an electronic communications code update from Kate Russell and a ‘back to the future’ Post-Brexit farm support session from Alice De Soer.

What did you find most useful?

These updates from CAAV were useful in understanding the organisation and how the professional body supports its members. The Post-Brexit talk was very useful for me to understand the proposed new system of Environmental Land Management Schemes (ELMS) that will replace the British Payment Scheme (BPS).

The whole event was a good learning opportunity, which additionally contributed to useful CPD. I would like to thank NFYFC for allowing me to represent the organisation for the day

Representing NFYFC at NFU Council

Kate Wainwright from Derbyshire FYFC currently represents YFC members at NFU Council meetings and reports back from the June meeting.

Who was at the meeting?

We had some interesting discussions with Tony Juniper from Natural England and Chairman of the HSE Rick Brunt who were both very keen to listen to the NFU’s views.

Did you talk about YFC?

The evening is always a great networking opportunity and I have been lucky enough to be seated next to someone different each time I have attended. This time I was sat next to Guy Smith, Vice President of the NFU and we had some brilliant discussions about the educational work NFYFC is doing, which complements NFU’s work in this area.

Guy was pleased that NFYFC are represented at these meetings and is keen to keep links between the two organisations strong.

Is it good for YFC to be part of this?

It’s a great opportunity to go and represent all YFC members. If any one ever wants anything discussing or raising please do get in touch before the next meeting via Sarah Palmer.

A more detailed report will be available via the AGRI steering group minutes in October 


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