National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

20 May 2011

Farmers Guardian has launched its fourth digital magazine dedicated to the annual general convention and all that is good about being a YFC member.

It was a weekend of fun, friendship, competitions, camaraderie and even had an ongoing appearance from a celebrity.

The FG team landed in Blackpool armed with cameras, videos, freebies and much more besides to help make Blackpool 2011 an annual convention to remember.

Check out our exclusive souvenir edition featuring pictures, videos, interviews with Lionel Hill, newly elected president Matt Baker, plus lots of comments from members

Inside The Adventurer you’ll find hundreds of pictures, Saturday night’s antics caught on camera and a video highlighting the best of the weekend.

Stepping down from five years at the helm we catch up with Lionel Hill MBE to find out how he feels about his time as president of NFYFC and what the future has in store. Members share their favourite memories of him and we also catch up with a few others to ask why they’re proud to be Young Farmers' Clubs members.

Add to the mix Matt Baker, competition results and a report of all the events, The Adventurer is a souvenir edition of Blackpool 2012.

Click here to read The Adventurer

18 May 2011

To mark the launch of the Farm Safety Charter, launched today at the Grassland and Muck event at Stoneleigh and signed by NFYFC chairman James Chapman, Farmers Guardian is holding a live internet debate tomorrow (Thursday 19 May)  between 1-2pm.

Entitled ‘Making Britain’s Farms Safer’, it will give you the chance to question experts and make your views known on why Britain’s farms have such an appalling safety record and, more importantly, what should we be doing about it.

The debate will feature three panelists:

  • Graeme Walker, the Health and Safety Executive’s head of agriculture.
  • Peter Garbutt, the NFU’s farm safety adviser and former NFYFC ARAC chairman.
  • Northumberland YFC's Mark Mather, a farmer whose own story is featured in the HSE’s Make the promise: Come home safe campaign.
The debate can be viewed on from 1pm.

You are invited to take part by submitting questions to the panelists in advance to or posting them live and commenting on what is being said during the debate.

18 May 2011

Following its sucessful launch at last year's annual convention NFYFC's Novartis travel scholarship is again this year offering a Young Farmers' Clubs member a chance to work on a sheep farm in New Zealand.

The scholar will receive an award of £1,500 to enable them to travel to New Zealand later this year and spend two weeks gaining hands-on experience on New Zealand sheep farms, as well as having the opportunity to travel in the country.

The scholarship is being provided by Novartis Animal Health (NAH) as part of its long-term commitment to the sheep industry and its support for Britain’s young farmers.

Last year's scholarship was won by Staffordshire YFC’s Alex Mackellar: "I was shocked to win but absolutely over the moon,” said Alex, who works on the family’s sheep and arable farm. “This scholarship is a fantastic opportunity of a lifetime to really gain something - not just go somewhere different but learn something new to use in your work.”

The winning scholar is also equipped with a laptop and video camera to enable them to produce weekly blogs and a video diary of their visit which is showcased on both the Novartis and NFYFC websites.

The scholarship is open to full YFC members aged 18 by the time of travel and a maximum age of 26 on 1 September 2011.

Candidates must submit a report examining the benefits of parasite control and how this impacts on productivity in farming and the report should not be more than 500 words long.

You may wish to send in a short video presentation, of between two-five minutes, introducing yourself, where you live and detailing your career or education. This is optional and not mandatory.

All entries should be forwarded to the NFYFC, YFC Centre 10th Street, Stoneleigh Park Kenilworth CV8  2LG, marked for the attention of Diane Calvert by no later than Friday 11 June 2011.

Click here to download full details of how to apply for the scholarship.

Click here to read Alex's blog from the 2010 trip.


17 May 2011

My very sincere thanks for all the warm and touching messages and gifts that I have received following my retirement as NFYFC president.

It has been an absolute pleasure and honour to have held this post whilst just having loads of fun with you all.

This has been the most incredible journey of my life and I couldn't have done it without the support of my family and my wife, Helen, and living on the edge of the motorway network!.

It has made me so very proud to stand as president. I describe myself as the most fortunate pensioner in the world, as my circle of friends has grown and grown.

Best wishes to each and everyone of you.

13 May 2011

NFYFC members joined in the fun at the Westminster Village Youth Fete this week.

The event, run as a traditional summer fair, brought together local and national youth organisations allowing them to promote their work and network with similar voluntary sector organisations, the public and government ministers.

Opened by the Lords' Speaker Baroness Hayman the fete featured Punch and Judy, Maypole and Morris dancing and the NFYFC team of Youth Forum members Aled Jones and Becca Watkins, and Steve Vincent, Ross Symons and Kirsty Carnell from the South West area led the welly wanging.

They spent time fundraising and chatting to Defra and NFU representatives about Young Farmers' Clubs and what they get out of being a member.

As well as an opportunity to network, NFYFC's delegates were able to see what other organisations exist for young people and visit London and Westminster. And youth forum spokesman Aled Jones even persuaded Baroness Hayman to try her hand at flinging a welly.

13 May 2011

Hop over to the annual convention area of the website to give us your feedback on this year's convention and AGM in Blackpool.


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