National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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21 May 2012

The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs has become a full member of the European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA) after a year as an observer member.

The organisation, which represents 23,000 young farmers across England and Wales will now have a stronger voice within European agriculture, particularly important during the CAP reform process.

 “It’s fantastic that NFYFC are now full members, due to our membership size we have the potential to be major players in European decisions,” explains Jonny Williams, NFYFC representative in CEJA.

The announcement was made at the European Council of Young Farmers’ Annual General Assembly, where more than 60 young farmers from 23 European states gathered in Brussels. The afternoon was spent debating measures for young farmers within CAP reform. M. Cretin, representing the European Court of Auditors, praised the proposal of additional direct payments to young farmers saying it should “encourage innovative and dynamic farming business.” Mairead McGuinness concluded the presentations by stating that as a Member of the European Parliament she was “committed to tackling the problem of generational renewal in agriculture.”

With the average age of farmers increasing rapidly, it is more important than ever to support young entrants. Currently for every one farmer under the age of 35 in the UK, there are 20 over 55.

Katherine Sealy, NFYFC CEJA representative, believes that the future is looking brighter for young farmers across Europe;

“2011 was an active year for CEJA and the fact that the Commission’s CAP reform proposals have such a strong theme of generational renewal shows that perseverance pays off! CEJA also joined the World Farming Organisation and is starting to be more active within that organisation. This is a great time for NFYFC to be getting involved with CEJA once again.”


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