National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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20 July 2020

The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs has set a Farm Safety Week challenge, supported by sponsors gas distribution company SGN, to encourage YFC members to share farm safety ideas they implemented during lockdown.

From regularly checking equipment, changing processes or taking care of mental wellbeing – YFC members are urged to share their farm safety improvements throughout Farm Safety Week (20-24 July).

The Federation is also asking clubs to make their annual pledge to put the Farm Safety Curve training module on their club programmes in the new membership year. While training sessions will need to be socially distanced or run online during the pandemic, it’s still crucial that farm safety messages are shared.

Farm Safety Week is organised by leading farming charity the Farm Safety Foundation and encourages the farming community to recognise the real dangers of working in the industry and the importance of looking after their physical and mental wellbeing.

Throughout Farm Safety Week, the Farm Safety Foundation, supported by the Farm Safety Partnerships, the Health & Safety Executive, Health & Safety Executive for Northern Ireland and the Health & Safety Authority, Ireland, will demonstrate the impacts of the recent COVID19 situation on the industry. The week will also promote the support available as well as highlight the positive moves to changing the poor safety record and introduce some exciting new innovations in technology to help us all farm safer.

NFYFC Chairman Dewi Parry said: “We are proud to support the annual Farm Safety Week campaign especially as YFCs represent the next generation of farmers. It’s why we’re keen to hear from our members about the farm safety changes they have been making and grateful to SGN for helping us promote this challenge.

“Lockdown restrictions have impacted the amount of training that clubs have been able to deliver. It’s important as we move into a new membership year that YFCs find a way to continue to deliver those crucial farm safety messages.”

SGN Maintenance Operations Manager Tim Pearce said: “We’re delighted to partner NFYFC because we want to reach out to all its members. Please, always get in touch with us before starting any work on your land to avoid injury, or even death, to yourself and others. Damages to our pipelines can also lead to a disruption to gas supplies, claims for costs to repair the damage, HSE investigations and environmental issues.

“We’ll visit you free of charge to help you plan your work, confirm and mark the location of any pipeline, and advise what work is permitted.” 

For more information on ‘Farm Safety Week’ visit www.yellowwellies.org or follow @yellowwelliesUK on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram. 



04 July 2020

NFYFC is launching a new challenge, supported by Defra, to encourage positive climate change action by asking young farmers to share their solutions for reaching net zero emissions by 2040.

Working with industry partners, including the National Farmers Union (NFU) and Championing the Farmed Environment (CFE), the challenge puts YFC members and next generation farmers in charge of their future by becoming a climate change advocate for the industry and the UK.

The challenge involves sharing ideas or practical examples – that might already be in use – to help reach the NFU’s ambition of achieving net zero emissions by 2040. Judges aren’t looking for a final polished solution but want to hear thoughts on future mitigation methods for any farming and growing sectors or machinery development. 

Topics to consider include on-farm applications for carbon capture and storing, auditing, energy efficiency and renewable on-farm energy.

So many people are already playing their part to help enhance the environment and tackle climate change.  British agriculture plays a key role and it is hoped that young farmers can show how committed the industry is towards the changes needed.

NFYFC’s YFC AGRI Chairman George Baxter said: “By taking part in the video challenge, YFC members and next generation farmers can play an active part in helping to achieve the net zero ambition, share ideas and most importantly, have their voices heard in high places.

“I would encourage those entering to be creative, bold and brave. If you have ideas for the future that you’d like taking seriously, start filming and get ready to share.  As we emerge from the current Covid-19 restrictions, you could be representing the voice of UK young farmers at home and internationally.”

The government has set a target of reaching net zero emissions by 2050 and the NFU also has an industry ambition for British agriculture to reach net zero by 2040. The NFU is working with farmers and growers to help them move forward towards this ambitious target, focusing on a range of measures including improving farming’s productive ef¬ficiency, capturing more carbon on farmland and boosting renewable energy and the wider bioeconomy.

NFU Deputy President Stuart Roberts said: “We are at a moment in time when both the world and our nation are facing a great many challenges. The impacts of climate change are arguably one of the greatest challenges, but it also presents an opportunity for British agriculture to showcase real leadership when it comes to sustainable farming. This is precisely why we have set an ambition for British farming to be carbon neutral by 2040.

“Our young farmers are going to be crucial in helping to steer the industry and the country towards a net zero future. More than ever we need new ideas and we need to create an environment for everyone’s voice to be heard.

“I encourage all our young members to get involved and be ambitious, and take a leading role in the future of climate-friendly farming.”

There are no strict criteria for the challenge, just guidelines to enable entrants to be imaginative and help to communicate their vision of a sustainable future. To enter, participants need to create a short video that demonstrates action or plans, such as:

  • Showing what you are doing already to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It’s fine if it’s the start of your journey – share plans, ideas or actions.
  • Showing what more you plan to do, or what you would like to do.
  • Explaining what you think is needed to reach net zero – for a business, a rural community, a country or globally.
Winners will be invited to spend a day at the NFU’s headquarters (this will be a remote visit if social distancing restrictions are still in place) to talk with members of the climate change and communications teams.  Winners will also have the opportunity to share their ideas with international climate change policy makers at next year’s COP26 in Glasgow.

Following on from the competition, the ideas will be used to help create a bespoke YFC guide in conjunction with the CFE for future club activity and to share important environmental messages with farming and rural enterprises.  The aim is to highlight the work at future climate change and industry events to ensure young people's thoughts and ideas are represented.

Entries for the challenge close on 30 July 2020 and should be sent to sarah.palmer@nfyfc.org.uk. If videos exceed 10MB, they can be submitted via NFYFC’s Facebook page on a private message. For more information visit here.


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