National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

30 June 2011

Aged 16 to 17 and ready to take the plunge and explore your potential? Then this fantastic fun-packed weekend of challenging outdoor adventure is for you.

NFYFC is now taking bookings for its popular Leadership Challenge weekend of gorge walking, night orienteering, camp craft activities, navigation courses and problem-solving activities designed to also build teamwork, leadership and communication skills.

Click here to learn more and for details of how to book. The trip takes place 29-31 July and the booking deadline is 8 July so dive right in and join the fun.

30 June 2011

CEJA, the European Council for Young Farmers, wants to hear comments from interested YFC members on the propsoals for top ups for young farmers under pillar 1.

You can find a copy of the draft proposals here, and the deadline for your feedback is 26 July 2011.

CEJA will collect comments from all its members by the end of July which will then be collated and communicated to the Cabinet of Commissioner Ciolos prior to the draft legislative proposal due later this year.

CEJA hopes to hold a  meeting early in September to discuss the comments received by its members and endorse a CEJA position.

15 June 2011

The survey capturing your views and ideas on the future of NFYFC and YFC has been extended until the end of June in order to enable more of you to have your say on the way forward.

Response to the survey so far has been fantastic with feedback on all aspects of what the organisation offers and how it works.

If you haven't yet had your say, you now have until 30 June to tell us what you want from your YFC and need from NFYFC to support that.

Just click the survey button to express your views and for a chance to win a great prize as a thank-you.

08 June 2011

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Three Young Farmers’ Clubs members are set to wow the Glastonbury crowds after their hilarious parody of a Rihanna song became an online sensation.

Richard Lewis, 18, of Llanfyllin YFC, and Dyffryn Tanat YFC’s 17-year-old Llion Vaughan will take to the festival stage after winning the nationwide Tractor Factor talent competition run by Farmers Guardian newspaper in conjunction with organic dairy farm Yeo Valley.

An X Factor-style public vote saw some 14,000 people pick their favourite from a shortlist of six songs, which celebrate all that is good about modern British farming.

Performing under the name DJ Wooly and Will.I.Lamb, the boys produced a cover of Rihanna’s song S&M with the help of their friend and cameraman Gus Harris, 17, also a former member of of Dyffryn Tanat YFC.

Their video for the song ‘Plough ON!’ received more than 55,000 views on YouTube.

The song gained fame after it was picked up by BBC Radio 1 DJ Greg James and played on his afternoon show sparking a rush which saw it secure a third of the total public vote.

Winning the competition means the trio gets four tickets to this year’s Glastonbury festival as well as the chance to perform on the Yeo Valley stand there.

Llion said: "The past weeks have been amazing, the response and support from people has been great. This competition was a brilliant and original idea which took a fresh twist on farming. I think this competition has hopefully brought many a smile and chuckle to people across the country, and possibly even made a few farmers hum ‘Plough ON! while out in the fields."

Richard said: "I know schools are showing the video to infant pupils to help teach young children about farming. The competition has also shown that farmers these days are not just people who work with the land but are very diverse and like to have a laugh. It has been a great experience and I have enjoyed it very much. "

The YFC members faced stiff competition from the other acts in the final six, which included a farmer from the Isle of Man, Scotland’s answer to Justin Bieber, the Dorset countryside’s finest rappers and two farming girl groups, Girls A’Cowed and Farming Babes.

The competition shortlist was picked by a panel of judges, which included Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis and Yeo Valley managing director Tim Mead.

Showcasing some of the talent within the farming industry, the competition has been an extraordinary success with more than 200,000 views on its YouTube channel since it launched earlier this year.

Some 33 entries were received from farmers all over the country ranging from parodies of chart hits to songs they had written themselves.

Farmers Guardian’s features editor Danusia Osiowy said: “We launched the competition to put the fun back into farming and promote the industry to a wider audience and that is exactly what Tractor Factor has achieved.

“Young people living and working in the countryside are crucial to agriculture’s future and what better advocates for the profession than those who love and respect it the most?”

Suffolk girl band, the Farming Babes, one of the six finalists, have now been signed up to headline Abbey Fest 2011 alongside Lulu and X Factor finalists Jedward.

The competition, run in conjunction with organic dairy firm Yeo Valley, was launched after the success of Yeo Valley’s TV advert featuring the Yeo Valley rappers in December last year.

06 June 2011

Kent RABI is challenging YFC members to a Karting Endurance Team event on Saturday 25 June, in Sittingbourne, to have some fun and raise the profile of RABI within the farming industry.

Download a poster to help publicise this event for over-18s and for full details.

06 June 2011

NFYFC's agriculture and rural affairs committee chairwoman Milly Wastie and former NFYFC chairwoman Helen Roberts are featured on the promotional video for the 2012 Oxford Farming Conference.

The annual event for the UK's farmers takes place in Oxford and involves debates and speakers from government and industry. 

Scholarship places for the conference are presented to the winners of NFYFC's Farm Business Development competition, the finals of which are being held this year at the Royal County of Berkshire Show, Newbury, on 17 September.

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