National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

15 June 2022

YFC members have the opportunity to attend the 2023 Oxford Farming Conference, from 4-6 January 2023, thanks to a scholarship opportunity through the Worshipful Company of Farmers.

Successful scholars will be given opportunities to attend training events in the autumn as well as attend the conference in Oxford in January, which is called Farming a new Future.

Potential scholars should:

  • Be keen to learn and participate, represent YFCs and share your experience with the membership
  • Have practical or educational experience in livestock or arable farming, or a particular interest for attending which can be communicated and considered
  • Be available to attend a half-day scholars’ online event 
  • Be available to attend the online Oxford Farming Conference (OFC)  
  • Scholars should be aged between 22 and 30 and not have attended the conference before.

AGRI Manager Sarah Palmer said: "We know that some young farmers do not feel confident about putting themselves forward for these opportunities but if you know of a worthy applicant, please encourage them to apply for this opportunity. Also, if you're interested in applying but are not sure about what's involved, please contact me for further guidance."

To be considered for a scholarship, please submit your reasons why you should be considered for this great opportunity, include contact details, your YFC membership number and your CV to Sarah Palmer. 

07 June 2022

Young Farmers wanting to know more about Defra policy scheme developments and future business planning can access a new resource created in conjunction with Savills.

NFYFC teamed up with Savills to record an interactive discussion session, which is now available online, to act as a useful reminder for young farmers to understand what’s happening and when. Inevitable change is proceeding at pace, including the reduction of the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), and introduction of new grants and schemes with a range of options, names and acronyms.

Savills’ food and farming consultant Georgina Sweeting and rural associate director Hannah Turner highlighted the current issues of balancing food production with environmental land use and making the most of new and emerging opportunities.

Explaining the drivers for change as well as the macro and competing pressures on land including food production, housing, climate change, carbon emissions and outdoor leisure space, Hannah explained options for using land effectively to support current government objectives.

“There is becoming an increasing marketplace for capitalising on natural resources. They’re becoming more transactable. Where you have a land parcel you might be able to seek extra revenue and generate extra revenue that could potentially fill some voids where you have negated those subsidy resources through the phase out of BPS,” explained Hannah.

The recording of the presentation by Savills is available below. The presentation completes the last component of the 2021-22 Defra-supported projects, which was to include a professional business advisory service summary of emerging Defra schemes as well as farming and land management opportunities. 

The Savills presentation included information about the impacts of reaching net zero. With the urgency, ambition and awareness of reaching net zero, retailers and consumers will be adding pressure on suppliers to show their green credentials, affecting both food production practices and future land use opportunities. Construction and energy company offers for land is already widespread, but caution (and professional advice) is advised for any consideration of change of land use or business arrangements that might have far-reaching impacts on succession or business status.

Despite the many carbon calculator tools and current lack of clarity for final scheme payments, the generic industry advice is to start or continue soil sampling, recording and benchmarking. Taking account of what happens on your land will ultimately help with future business decision making.

The discussion also highlighted that the roadmap to net zero will be a finely tuned balancing act which should not mean taking land away from food production but analysing marginal land, collaborating with neighbouring land owners and taking professional advice before making any long-term decisions.

If you have questions to ask Hannah or Georgina at Savills after watching the recording, please contact Sarah Palmer.

01 June 2022

It’s National Volunteers Week (1-7 June 2022) and NFYFC President Nigel Owens pays tribute to the many volunteers who have helped make YFC happen over the past 90 years.

Young Farmers’ Clubs are so important to our rural communities. They give young people opportunities, confidence, and safe spaces to socialise. They help combat isolation in remote locations and celebrate all that is great about the British countryside, food and farming.

And without the generosity and goodwill of hundreds of volunteers across England and Wales, they simply would not exist.

As a member-led organisation, it is young people who step up and volunteer to chair our clubs and county federations. They take leading roles in running their charities and providing valuable experiences for nearly 23,000 rural young people.

They lead and inspire their volunteer teams of secretaries, treasurers, club leaders, trustees, advisory committees and parents. All of whom play vital roles in the running of our 580 clubs and 46 county federations.

We are indebted to all our volunteers for the time they give to YFC and for helping NFYFC deliver its charitable objectives.

As we celebrate NFYFC’s 90th Anniversary year, it’s also an ideal time to reflect on the many thousands of people who have volunteered over the past nine decades to support this organisation.

The dedication of those who have served, and continue to serve, as club, county and national chairs, vice chairs, presidents and life vice presidents have made an indelible mark on YFC’s history. Thank you for your passion and commitment.

And, it feels poignant that in our 90th year, we are also celebrating the Platinum Jubilee of our Patron, The Queen. NFYFC is extremely proud of its Royal association that officially started in 1957. As someone who works incredibly hard in the areas of public and charitable service, The Queen is a true inspiration to YFCs. Thank you to The Queen for her public support of YFC and congratulations on the last 70 years.

And finally, thank you to everyone who has volunteered for YFC in whatever capacity over the last 90 years. Be proud of what you have helped the organisation – and so many thousands of rural young people – achieve.

Diolch yn fawr.

Nigel Owens
NFYFC President 2022-23


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