National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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30 January 2012

If you’re interested in farming, your environment and your future, get involved with a new project and let YFC and Defra know your ideas, challenges and concerns.

"As a young farmer thinking about the future of agriculture in conjunction with the future of the planet I find discussion within the Green Food Project extremely exciting.  I feel that it is really important that young farmers are a part of these discussions and have a say on what is ultimately our future.  Although the quantity and complexity of discussion can be overwhelming at times, it still remains a very rewarding experience to be a part of, as individuals and a federation, prompting lots of discussion in our ranks."  Russell Carrington, Herefordshire FYFC


30 January 2012

The European Council of Young Farmers organised a Networking Lunch in the European Parliament on 24 January hosted by Mairead McGuinness MEP. The event focused on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), particularly the much-needed rejuvenation of the farming sector and specific measures relating to help for young farmers, in an attempt to temper the impending age crisis in European agriculture.

Deputy CEJA representative and former NFYFC Chairman James Chapman attended and said:

“It was very encouraging to hear so many European young farmers expressing similar ideas to help young people into farming which seem to be receiving support from the European Commission through Rural Development plans.  I hope we see these plans come to fruition in the UK.”

 


23 January 2012

We are pleased to announce the ‘Call for Motions’ for your National Annual General Meeting on Sunday 29 April 2012.


Also attached is the 1st Draft Agenda and timetable, together with some examples of Motions which have been debated in the past.



13 January 2012

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded a grant under its Skills for the Future programme to the Grazing Advice Partnership to set up and run a nationwide programme of traineeships.

The aim will be to offer trainees a mix of ‘on the job’ work experience and instruction in the practical skills associated with livestock handling and conservation grazing.

Trainees will receive a bursary, mentoring support and access to GAP training courses. The tax exempt bursary will be £10,500 for the nine month placement.  A two day induction course will be provided for each trainee as well as a set of protective clothing.

The second round of placements have been arranged with a range of leading traditional livestock farms and conservation grazing schemes and will start in March/April 2012.
 
For further details regarding traineeships and a description of the trainees role please click here  

Only application forms by email will be accepted. Closing date 20th Janaury 2012. Click here for application form.


13 January 2012

Sarah Grantham, from Shropshire YFC, is off on the adventure of a lifetime after winning the NFYFC Novartis Travel Scholarship- and she’ll be keeping a travel blog so we can check out exactly what she’s doing!

Sarah was given a £1,500 award from Novartis Animal Health for a two week fact finding trip to three sheep stations in New Zealand. She will learn more about parasite control and farm management in the country and report back to the animal health specialists.

“I’ve never really travelled and now I am about to go to New Zealand and study something I work in. I’m hoping to gain lots of experience, find out about sheep farming in New Zealand, and spend some time after the two-week visit meeting Young Farmers there.”

So if you have ever wondered how a sheep farm is run on the other side of the world, check out Sarah’s blog and video diaries at http://sarahgranthamfg.wordpress.com.


12 January 2012

NFYFC Agriculture Committee members Milly Wastie and Mark Houlton made their mark early in the New Year by taking part in the Oxford Farming Conference Debate. Supporting Stuart Agnew MEP who proposed the motion ‘This House believes British agriculture could thrive outside the European Union, Milly helped to swing the vote in their favour. Mark Houlton seconded opposer Andrew George MP and relished taking part in the lively and prestigious debate.

Amongst the many YFC scholars who attended were NFYFC Youth Forum members Harriet Wilson, Matty Sharp and Aled Jones. Aled commented that the Oxford Farming Conference was a truly incredible experience and one that he will never forget. Having the opportunity to speak to industry leaders and people with an incredible wealth of experience was extremely enjoyable and offered a glimpse into the intricacies of the farming industry. His highlight was taking the floor in the Oxford Union and being able to contribute to a superb debate.

For future details visit the Oxford Farming Conference website.  


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