National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

26 November 2019

A chance to learn ways to better connect food producers with the general population is on the cards for two YFC members who have been chosen to represent NFYFC at the Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) in January.

Emily Smith from Buxton YFC in Derbyshire (pictured) and Georgina Radmore from Clunderwen YFC in Pembrokeshire will both attend the conference after being awarded an NFYFC scholarship by the Worshipful Company of Farmers.

Emily will join 50 scholars aged between 22 and 30 at the conference in January as part of the OFC Scholars Programme, sponsored by McDonald’s. The OFC Scholars programme aims to provide the next generation with an opportunity to experience the UK’s leading agricultural conference and to share their views and ideas.

Scholars take part in an orientation day on 7 November where they can meet other scholars and hear how they can take an active role in the conference. 

This year’s OFC theme, Growing a Healthy Society, is all about strengthening the relationship between the population, the land and the people who produce the nation’s food.

During the event, the scholars will attend fringe events with key industry figures, listen to inspirational speakers, hear from Government officials and network with others from across the sector.

Every year, the Worshipful Company of Farmers (WCF) supports two YFC members to attend the conference – and any YFC member can apply. WCF selectors were pleased to see a range of strong applications, but two stood out.

Emily is in her final year at Harper Adams University and was brought up on a beef suckler herd and sheep farm in Derbyshire. Her scholarship application highlighted how keen she is to help show how national and global agricultural issues can affect day-to-day life on the farm.

“Farmers can get stuck in a bubble. I want to help make a difference and improve the agricultural industry for all types of farmers and believe that education is so important to achieve this.

“It will be an honour to represent NFYFC at the Oxford Farming Conference, having been in YFC since the age of 11. The opportunity to listen to and get involved in debates and discussions with like-minded people about current issues will be an incredible experience.”

Education is also important to fellow scholar Georgina, a Harper Adams graduate and agricultural lecturer at Coleg Sir Gar.

“I hope what I learn at the OFC will support my lecturing, inspire my students and help me build contacts to ultimately support the college and young people within it.

“I will produce a report on my findings that can be referred to by YFC members as well as students within my work,” said Georgina who is an active YFC member in her club and county, including being a former rural affairs secretary for Pembrokeshire FYFC.

WCF selectors commented that both applications detailed the benefit they thought they would derive from their experience as conference scholars and appeared keen to share their experience and learning, post-event, with others.

The Oxford Farming Conference takes place between 7-9 January and a full conference ticket costs £325+ VAT. For more information about the event, visit the website.


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