National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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21 October 2019

Young farmers are being invited to find out more about the Government’s proposed changes for the future of farming post-Brexit and to share their views at a series of regional events. 

The events, organised by The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) in conjunction with Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural affairs), will explain how the changes will directly impact young farmers.

Defra representatives will join young farmers to talk about their proposed changes for farming once we leave the EU, including the new Environmental Land Management scheme.

The aim is to give young people the opportunity to share their regional knowledge and their opinions on what the future of farming should look like. 

YFC County Federations in eight different regions will host these free events over the next few months for interested young farmers to attend and share their views. These events are open to all young farmers and not just those involved in a Young Farmers’ Club.

NFYFC’s Agriculture and Rural Issues (AGRI) Steering Group Chairman David Goodwin said:

“Now more than ever is a time to get together to share views and help shape a future that we would like to farm in. 

“We have ensured that these regional events are as accessible as possible for our membership and guests who have a shared interest in ensuring the Defra policy-makers hear first-hand what are feasible regional ideas for future policy. I urge all young people with an interest in the future of this industry to take part in their regional event.”

The dates of the events are listed below.

Click to find out more information and register interest on the Facebook event pages: 

East Yorkshire – Bishop Burton College, York Rd, Bishop Burton, Beverley HU17  8QG  – Date: 29 October, 7.30 pm

East Midlands – Newark Showground, Lincoln Road, Coddington, Newark NG24 2NY – Date: 21 November, 12.00 – 2.00 pm

West Midlands – YFC Centre, Beech Business Park, Tillington Road, Hereford HR4 9QJ – Date: 28 November, 7.00 pm

South West – Sedgemoor Auction Centre, Bridgwater TA6 6TS – Date: 5 December, 7.30 pm                                 

Eastern – NFU, Agriculture House, Willie Snaith Rd, Newmarket CB8 7SN – Date: 12 December, 7.30 pm

South East - Sparsholt College, Hillside Rd, Winchester SO21 2NE – Date: 27 January, 7.30 pm         

Cumbria – Penrith Rugby Club, Winters Park, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 8RQ – Date: 20 January, 7.30 pm

Northumberland – Lough House Farm, Stannington, Morepeth, Northumberland, NE61 6EB – Date: 23 January, 7.00 pm

For more information contact Sarah Palmer or visit www.nfyfc.org.uk/FarmingChanging 




11 October 2019

A joke about the reality of some YFC baking attempts was the subject of the winning YFC Meme for National Young Farmers’ Week 2019, sponsored by NatWest.

The winning Meme, created by Long Itchington YFC in Warwickshire, received the highest number of likes, shares and comments across Instagram and Facebook. The Meme reached more than 23,000 people on Facebook alone during the week and the numbers are still climbing.

A photo of a tractor cake that was taken the night before Warwickshire’s County Rally a few years ago inspired the Club’s idea for the Meme. Their winning Meme features an expertly created tractor cake labelled ‘expectation’ next to the Rally tractor cake attempt labelled ‘reality.’

The funny idea sparked a massive reaction from current and former YFC members who tagged friends and recalled similar unsuccessful cookery attempts.

Hannah Clarke, Long Itchington YFC’s Press Officer said: “The competition was great fun to be involved in, and it was fantastic to help raise the profile of Young Farmers!

“We're chuffed that our Meme received the most engagement, we had a good laugh making it and felt a lot of people could relate to it!”

The winning club will receive £300 from NatWest to spend how they wish and Hannah says they already have plans.

“We're really grateful to receive the £300 prize money, and would like to put it towards club recruitment and promotion. We are really hoping to expand our junior section this year in particular, and the money will allow us to subsidise meeting costs, create promo material and put on more in-house activities.”

NFYFC shortlisted five Memes to run on its social media channels throughout National Young Farmers’ Week from 30 September to 4 October. These included entries from Aire Valley YFC, Gower YFC, Wedmore YFC and Witheridge YFC.

All of the entries received a positive response across social media and really helped to promote the organisation on a wider scale. 






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