National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

18 April 2011

Students and Fresh Start Academy members are invited to join YFC members and practise their business skills for future tenancy applications.

Supported by Defra, 2011 sees the pilot of the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) opening up its prestigious competition to non-YFC members in an adjacent category with its own prize of Oxford Farming Conference scholarships.

NFYFC’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee chairwoman Milly Wastie said: “The competition and its associated tenancy training is much-needed in the current financial and agricultural climate.  We want the improved standard of applications from young farmers to continue and it’s for this reason that sponsors and supporters of the competition pushed for an additional category.

“We hope this will also highlight the work of the NFYFC Agriculture and Rural Affairs committee to a wider audience as well as helping other young, potential tenants, to practise their skills.

“NFYFC is pleased that collaboration with the Tenant Farmers’ Association and Savills has paid dividends for would-be tenants.  The professional expertise is invaluable and extending the competition to non-members is a forward-thinking move that should benefit both young people and the industry.  It also helps to fulfil the AgriSkills strategy aims of promoting skills development and the concept of professionalism as being central to business improvement.”

The competition is now live and information and entry forms are available from the NFYFC website  or by contacting sarah.palmer@nfyfc.org.uk.  The deadline for business plan submissions is 1 August and interviews and an awards ceremony takes place on 17 September at the Royal County of Berkshire Show, Newbury.


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