National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

27 February 2020

Flo Giles from Warwickshire FYFC was one of 39 YFC members who was given the opportunity to attend the recent NFU Conference in Birmingham.

How did you get a place at the conference?

I was nominated by Luke Ryder (NFU Group Secretary for Stratford and South Warwickshire), after he gave a presentation at Shipston YFC. I was horrible and kept asking all the questions.

Why did you want to go?

I saw it as a fantastic opportunity to build up connections and find out about key areas for the year ahead in agriculture especially after Brexit.

Do you live/work on a farm?

I am a farmer’s daughter. I live on a farm as well but privately rent. I currently work for Meadow Quality Livestock Trading in the marketing department and do relief milking at weekends.

What were the major themes of the conference?

The conference title was ‘Farming Without Barriers’ and the main topics were around trade; seasonal labour; the flooding and whether the three crop rule would stand this year; and the government's support for flood victims. Trade, especially chlorinated chicken, and fighting to keep our meat where the welfare standards are lower than the UK’s.

Any highlights of things you heard that you think other Young Farmers should be aware of?

Young Farmers should be aware of everything that was discussed at the conference. We are the future of farming and if we are not aware of what is happening now it will affect our future in the industry – especially coming out of the EU.

Did you network and pick up any contacts while you were there?

I met representatives from YFC clubs in the West Midlands. I also met Dr Christine Kennedy while going to the meal and she was absolutely lovely! She introduced me to Minette Batters and we spoke for a while about issues of the day, which seemed a little unreal!

Did you have fun as well as gaining so much information?

Yes definitely! I met some lovely people and learnt a lot.

Would you recommend the experience?

I would 100% recommend going and I would love to go again next year.

YFC members (aged 16-26) across England and Wales can join the NFU for free. Find out more here.  


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