National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

20 July 2012

Farming minister Jim Paice has encouraged members of the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) to play an active part in an initiative to kick-start the drive to get more young people into agriculture and farming. The Future of Farming Group will look at ways in which barriers to young people entering the industry can be broken down. Fewer young people are choosing agriculture as a career choice and the group will address the challenges facing new entrants such as lack of training, access to land and affordable loans.

Unveiling the scheme at the Young Farmers Clubs’ Great British food for Great British athletes cookery demonstration at Leeds Castle, the minister urged Young Farmers to take a lead: “Our industry needs keen, clever and enthusiastic young people to feed us in the future. Young Farmers’ Clubs have many such members and I am very anxious that they are represented in this project,” he said.

Diane Calvert, Chief Executive, NFYFC said: “We are very excited at the prospect of being involved with the Future of Farming Group, we have many talented members who have plenty to say on the difficulties of making farming and agriculture a realistic career option.”


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