National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

27 February 2020

After many years of promoting and encouraging his club and county, Dewi Parry is now planning to do the same on a national scale. Find out more about your new Chairman of Council 2020-21.

When did you join YFC?

I joined Betws-yn-Rhos YFC in 2008 after being told to by my sister’s friend, who was Club Secretary at the time.

Since then I have been a club chairman (five times!) a club leader, county chairman, won Clwyd senior member of the year (twice!) and been a council member for Wales since 2011 and NFYFC since 2016.

Three words to describe your club?

Fun, Diverse, Growing.

Best thing you have done with YFC?

Organised a 130-mile charity bike ride with members from every club, to visit every club in the county over a weekend when I was County Chairman in 2017. We did this to raise money for a restricted fund to secure Clwyd FYFC’s future.

Greatest achievement in YFC? 

Winning the Cookery competition at the County Rally.

Greatest achievement outside of YFC?

Breeding the female champion at the Bluefaced Leicester Breed Progeny Show in 2015.

Best thing you have ever 'made' with YFC?

Goat’s cheese and walnut ravioli in a sage butter sauce which I made from scratch inside an hour to seal victory in the Rally Cookery competition.

What impact do you want to have on YFC in your year as Chairman?

To make members feel a part of NFYFC. I want to break down any perceived barriers about what ‘national’ is and instead make everyone feel proud to be part of one large organisation representing rural young people. NFYFC belongs to every YFC member and we will be much stronger if we all work together with that understanding.

Coming from a very small club in Wales to now representing all YFCs across England and Wales is a major achievement but one that’s open to all YFC members. I hope I can play my part in making more members realise the opportunities available.

Who would you like to thank in YFC and why?

Everyone I’ve come across who cares about YFC. We all need people to encourage us and equally we all need people to challenge us to improve.

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27 February 2020

Every YFC member will receive a new Rural+ card that contains important contact information for mental health support services, thanks to funding from Tama.

The folded cards include telephone numbers and email addresses for national organisations that are available for young people to contact if they need someone who can listen to their concerns. There’s also space inside for members to include contacts for any local services that they might want to use.

The cards were first produced in 2014 and have been kindly reproduced thanks to funding from Tama, leading manufacturers of Twine, Netwrap and Stretchwrap. All of the cards have been sent to County offices for distribution to their YFC clubs and every member should receive a copy.

Designed to fit easily into a wallet or purse, the cards are ideal for YFC members to keep in case they face difficult times now or in the future.

Personal Development Steering Group Chairman Steph Watkins from Gloucestershire FYFC said: “These cards are a great reminder for YFC members that you are not alone. If you’re struggling and don’t feel like you can talk to a family member or friend, then the next best step is to speak to a confidential support service.

“Just knowing you have the contacts to hand, should you need them, is reassuring and the support at the end of those telephone lines could be the life-line some people need. We are very grateful to Tama for their on-going support of Rural+ and enabling us to re-print these essential cards for our members.”

Rural+ was launched in 2013 as a campaign to raise awareness of mental health issues in rural communities. The campaign evolved into a Rural+ awareness session that is now delivered during club meetings by YFC Trainers with the support of a professional mental health worker.  You can find out more about these sessions here.

The Rural+ cards have been sent to your County Office, so if you have not yet received yours, please contact your County Office. 

27 February 2020

Communicating with grassroots members was highlighted as one of the vital roles of a Council member during training at the recent Council weekend in February.

YFC Trainers told a packed room of YFC members, who had been elected to represent their Counties on the national Council, that their role was to make two-way communication happen. All YFC members should expect a detailed update about decisions and discussions made during Council meetings and they must also be aware that Council Reps can share their views at future Council meetings.

Understanding their responsibilities as Council members was the aim of the training session that was delivered by YFC Trainers Marcus Bailey from Essex FYFC, Polly Baines from Staffordshire FYFC and Cath Sykes, NFYFC’s Development and Training Manger.

The session outlined the full role and responsibilities of the NFYFC Council and also those of the Board of Management. While Council officers were there to help steer, create and promote the programme of activities offered by NFYFC, the Board of Management are responsible for governing the organisation.

All counties have a Council representative and your County Office can put you in contact with them. A Council Rep’s responsibilities include:

  • Making their role known to YFC members and county staff
  • Regularly speaking to county chairmen for feedback
  • Reporting back to the County Federation (at Exec meetings, through newsletters, email or talking to members and staff)
  • Leading discussions and involving YFC members in the debate
  • Informing members about NFYFC and keeping them updated on topics.

YFC Trainer Marcus Bailey said:

“The session aims to empower Council Reps so they feel confident about their role. The majority of people attending the session were in membership age and are actively involved in their clubs. It’s important that the messages from Council get passed on and equally that the Council Reps bring back their members’ views to future meetings. Council only works effectively if all members feel they have access to it and understand its purpose.”

For more information about the NFYFC structure, please see here.


26 February 2020

YFC members from Yorkshire learnt more about tractor safety thanks to a Machinery Maintenance and Safety Workshop organised by Massey Ferguson in February.

The evening session involved both theory and practice as the group learnt more about why farm safety matters, the importance of an annual tractor safety check and guidance on how to carry out daily checks on machinery.

Leading the group from Yorkshire was Lewis Marshall, YFYFC Development & Marketing Vice Chairman and Chairman of Went Valley District. "The training event was well attended by young farmer members who enjoyed analysing the faults on a young farmer’s tractor which was in for service. That caused some amusement!” said Lewis. “We learnt lots of hints and tips to keep our machines on the road including legalities and regulations. It is great to see large companies giving a bit back to the farming community. Many thanks to Massey Ferguson for supporting Yorkshire Young Farmers."

The evening was hosted by Peacock & Binnington’s Selby branch and Technical Support Specialists Richard Cox and Michael Butland from Massey Ferguson led the workshop. The event was supported by AGCO Parts and the Farm Safety Foundation. Those who came along to the evening also got the opportunity to enter a prize draw to win a £100 voucher to spend on Massey Ferguson branded merchandise.

“The correct use and maintenance of machines is a key part of the farm safety message,” said Richard Cox. “We had a very successful workshop at Selby with a great group of young farmers who were really engaged in the importance of the topic.”

20 February 2020

Two motions will be debated at NFYFC’s Annual General Meeting in April where all YFC Clubs will be given the opportunity to discuss and vote on whether to approve them.

One motion, suggested by YFC AGRI Chairman George Baxter from Cambridgeshire and discussed at the YFC AGRI meeting, proposes that Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFCs) should source and promote local British produce when catering for YFC events.

The motion is intended to encourage the YFC community to show its support for British farmers.

At the Council meeting, George said: “As an organisation that supports and promotes the next generation of farmers, I think it’s important that YFC backs the industry by ensuring that we use and promote British produce at our events.”

The motion was presented at NFYFC’s Council meeting in February where it was adopted by Council to be debated at the AGM.

Every YFC Club receives two voting cards to use at the AGM and will have the opportunity to speak about this motion and vote for or against it during the meeting.

Another motion about the national membership subscription has also been put forward by Brecknock Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs and seconded by the Radnor Federation.

The motion asks for the NFYFC subscription to be calculated on a per member basis and that from 1 September 2020 each member should pay £25.80 to NFYFC.

From the 1 September 2020 onwards Brecknock proposes that the subscription is apportioned among affiliated clubs by multiplying it by the total number of members declared in their return of membership on 31 August in that year.

This motion will also be debated during the AGM in Kenilworth and all clubs will again receive two voting cards to use during the vote.

The draft AGM agenda has currently been circulated to all YFC clubs and counties are invited to put forward amendments to the motions by 19 March 2020.

Amendments to Motions should be sent for the attention of James Eckley, Chief Officer by email to: Sandra Bromley by 12 Noon on Thursday 19 March 2020. 

The final agenda for the Annual General Meeting will be published by Friday 27 March 2020. 

18 February 2020

During this time of unprecedented rain and flooding, the government has issued advice to remain vigilant throughout the week.  Government agencies have advised that ongoing significant river flooding impacts continue through this week.

River levels will remain especially high on the Rivers Wye and Teme and the River Ouse in York, continuing on the lower River Wye. Further heavy rain is forecast in the north of England for later Wednesday into Thursday and may fall on catchments that have been recently flooded.

Groundwater levels remain high and in some places are rising again in parts of Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, North Lincolnshire, East Sussex, West Sussex and Brighton and Hove.

You can check flood warnings in Wales via Natural Resources Wales’ online update.

Thoughts are with everyone who has been, or will be, affected by recent flooding and please be aware of useful links for advice or help:

5-day flood risk for England and Wales

Environment Agency

Natural Resources Wales

Prince’s Countryside Emergency Fund

Farming Community Network

NFU advice on flooding 



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