National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

20 January 2021

A new initiative by the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs will support its County Federations to reach their full potential and improve YFC members’ experiences.

County on Track will work with Counties to identify their achievements in 10 key category areas. Where gaps are shown, Counties will receive training and support to help them improve.

By sharing experiences, County on Track also aims to celebrate best practice and encourage a culture of learning from each other.

County Federations will be awarded with a red, green or gold welly standard in each category area. A red welly will trigger an action plan from NFYFC and increased support on how to improve. Green wellies mean that a County Federation is following good practice and meeting its charitable requirements in that particular category and gold wellies are given when a County is following best practice but has gone above and beyond what is required.

All County Federations that receive a green welly across all 10 categories will receive a certificate from NFYFC. Any County Federation that receives a gold welly in a particular category will receive a certificate from NFYFC for that category only (as long as they have not received a red welly elsewhere). Case studies from gold welly Counties will also be shared to help others reach the same goal.

All County Federations will need to complete an online questionnaire and NFYFC will follow up with a meeting to help with the new grading system.

For more information about County on Track, email Allie and Natasha at training@nfyfc.org.uk



15 January 2021

The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) has teamed up with SAI Global Assurance to help spread the positive message of farm assurance for future farming.

The project aims to build awareness around the importance of farm assurance in building a resilient future for the industry and environment. SAI Global’s farm assurance team is collaborating to deliver a suite of interactive and online content across 2021, including video interviews with farmers who have invested in farm assurance and are reaping the benefits.

NFYFC AGRI Chairman George Baxter commented: “Although we don’t know all the detail yet, we know that change is happening and we want to be prepared.  Our planned farm assurance project has to be adapted for online production due to the pandemic restrictions, but it’ll certainly help to answer any questions or concerns that young farmers may be facing and provide sound advice for good business practice.  It’s encouraging to hear such frank discussion within the podcast and I recommend everyone has a listen and looks forward to viewing the next part of the project.”

The work launches with an overview of farm assurance in a podcast hosted by Ben Eagle featuring SAI Global’s Robin Levin.

Robin Levin, SAI Global’s relationship manager said: “This is a challenging period for UK agriculture, with the effects of politics, pandemics and changing customer demand. Farm Assurance helps bring stability. Welcome to Red Tractor’s new chairman Christine Tacon, to help guide us through the stormy waters. New Standards, due to be released on 1November 2021 are out for public consultation – please take a look.”

The introduction to farm assurance project is supported by Defra and developed by NFYFC and SAI Global.


15 January 2021

NFYFC’s 89th Annual General Meeting will be held online on Thursday 29 April 2021 at 7.30pm and YFCs and County Federations are invited to put forward a motion to be debated at the meeting.

Clubs and County Federations wishing to submit a motion for the agenda must send to the Chief Officer James Eckley by 12 noon on Tuesday 16 February 2021.

The second draft agenda will then be published on 23 February to give clubs and County Federations chance to put forward any amendments to the motions. All amendments must be received by 23 March.

The final agenda is then circulated to clubs and County Federations by Thursday 1 April 2021.

This will be the second year that NFYFC has held its AGM online due to the impact of the pandemic. All Clubs will receive information about voting and attending the meeting in due course.

Nominations for a new Chairman and Vice Chairmen of Council have now closed and elections will take place at the February Council meeting, which will also be held online.


14 January 2021

YFCs can now further support their members’ development by offering a range of training courses online, as the NFYFC’s Curve programme has been adapted for digital delivery.

So far, 12 of the 22 Curve modules are now available for YFC Trainers to deliver on platforms such as Zoom or MS Teams to help develop members’ skills and understanding of YFC.

The modules now available for online delivery are:

  • Fundamentals (Back to Basics)
  • Dream Teams
  • Good Programme Guide
  • Great Communicators
  • Managing Change
  • Member Retention and Recruitment
  • Staying Alive
  • The Power of Social Media 
  • Event Budgeting
  • Succession Planning
  • Food 4 Thought
  • Networking Know How

The first round of Curve modules to be adapted are focused on supporting clubs, and the training team are busy adapting courses such as E-Safety that have become even more relevant during Lockdowns.

The modules, which must be delivered by an accredited YFC Trainer, all have updated training plans and PowerPoints that will support online learning. A video will be shared with YFC Trainers with advice on how to use Zoom’s interactive features – such as whiteboards and break out rooms.

Training and Development Officer Natasha Dennis said: “We’re really excited to be launching digital versions of the Curve programme. We know these courses are popular in clubs and they will make an ideal club meeting activity for online sessions too. We will be adding more online versions of the modules to the list very soon.”

A new Trainers' Forum will be organised soon to support all trainers throughout the organisation and to ensure NFYFC has the most up-to-date list of trainers. There may also be an online Train the Trainer course to support other members who would like to become a trainer.

YFC Trainers should contact Allie and Natasha at training@nfyfc.org.uk for more information and to access any new training materials. 



11 January 2021

Young farmers are being encouraged to share their views on wellbeing in farming in a new survey launched by RABI.

This wide-ranging survey will consider for the first time the relationship between physical health, mental wellbeing and health of farm businesses.

With mounting external pressures and growing uncertainty, this vital research will provide the most comprehensive overview of the farming community throughout England and Wales.  It will identify the specific challenges that a generation of farming people face, as well as highlighting their adverse impacts on daily life.

With an ambitious target of gathering 26,000 survey responses, Alicia Chivers, Chief Executive of RABI is asking everyone in the sector to support the project.

“Beyond anecdotal or regional evidence, there is a pressing need for broad-scale, reliable data from our farming people. We believe there are significant issues that need to be addressed but they’re not yet clearly defined.

“Firstly, we’re working with organisations and businesses throughout the industry to promote The Big Farming Survey through their networks. Then, secondly, and most importantly it is down to individuals to get involved.

“By setting aside 15 minutes to complete the survey, you’ll be contributing towards creating an accurate picture of farming life today. The data that’s collected will enable RABI and our partners to develop effective tools and support strategies for farming people in years to come,” concludes Alicia.

Conducted by the University of Exeter, the survey is open to all farmers, farm workers, their spouses and adult-aged children until 31 March 2021.

Please set aside 15 minutes to take part here.  Alternatively, request a printed copy from here



10 January 2021

Machinery ideas such as a BovineBackFlipper 9000 were among the mad ideas created by members of Weald of Kent YFC during their Dragon’s Den-style club meeting on Zoom last year. 

Club members were asked to create innovative products and services for the land-based industry – the more outrageous the better – to impress a team of ‘Dragons.’ The dragons were made up of a Club leader with vast experience in machinery marketing, the Club’s President and a Chairman from a neighbouring YFC who runs their own business.

The club were split into three teams and were given 50 minutes to come up with their ideas and pull together a presentation to impress the Dragons.

Teams used software such as PowerPoint, and one even pulled together a CAD drawing in the time provided to present their creations over Zoom.

Ideas included an auto feeder weighing machine with an app, which attracted one dragon; a go anywhere, do anything tractor, which attracted one dragon and the BovineBackFlipper 9000, which caught the attention of two dragons!

One of the Dragons Stephen Paine, tweeted that he was “very impressed with how developed the ideas were in such a short time! A very clever bunch of people you have there.”

The whole session took two and a half hours and raised a lot of laughter with the creative ideas. The club say it could also be run as an interclub activity too and had picked up the idea from Ashford YFC who had run it as a session before the pandemic. 

Club President Claire Eckley said: “There were lots of laughs which was just what we needed on the day we went into Tier 3.”

For more online activity ideas, visit here. 


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