28 February 2010
NFYFC agriculture & rural affairs committee (ARAC) vice chairwoman Milly Wastie raised the subject of new entrants into farming with Defra Secretary of State Hilary Benn at the NFU conference.
Milly was among more than 70 YFC members invited to attend the conference in Birmingham, which saw speakers including Mr Benn, ARAC chairwoman Katherine Sealy, Jim Paice MP, NFU president Peter Kendall and industry specialists debating a wide range of industry hot topics.
Cost sharing, bovine TB, investment in science and research, CAP reform, the dairy sector and climate change – were just a few of the issues under discussion and put to the politicians during the conference.
“I was lucky enough to ask my question to Hilary Benn, and although he didn’t answer my question, I got a laugh, a round of applause and recognition of the work that RABI does,” said Milly, who works for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution.
“I had a great time at the conference as everyone kept coming up to me and enquiring about RABI or introducing themselves. Lots of opportunities coming through as a result," she added, urging members to make the most of the annual invitation for YFC to attend.
You can watch the conference online at http://go.podia.net/lobby.aspx?c=1624. Milly poses her question at around 1hour and eight minutes.
22 February 2010
During my year as chairwoman of the NFYFC, I am challenging every Young Farmers' Club in England and Wales to raise £150 for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI).
Find out more about my fundraising challenge and RABI on our webpage dedicated to the charity's 150th anniversary.
19 February 2010
This is an opportunity for YFC members, or past members, to be trained to act as official ToWA judges at YFC competitions (and tug of war competitions outside the organisation).
For those counties where members are already trained as ToWA judges, those individuals are also invited to attend this course as a refresher. Training will take place in Lincoln on 20 March 2010.
18 February 2010
The newly re-launched Environment Agency’s NetRegs (Learning About Agricultural Waste) tool, is a great way for YFC members in England and Wales to learn more about how to manage their agricultural waste and save money.
The easy-to-navigate free online tool offers separate guidance on waste management in England and Wales.
It is divided into seven sections, including transporting and storing waste and defining agricultural waste, making the information easy to follow. There is also a quiz and checklists to print off, as well as the option to sign up for a free monthly email newsletter with information about the latest environmental regulations affecting agricultural businesses.
10 February 2010
Higher Education Choices (HEC) is the only national advisory conference on courses for rural, farming, food or animal-related careers.
The conference is aimed at 16-17-year-olds and is hosted by Harper Adams University College in Shropshire.
Learn more about this and other training opportunities in the skills and training section of our website.
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