National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

20 April 2010

Representatives from Defra, the European Commission and industry experts will join the NFYFC's Agriculture and Rural Affairs (ARAC) Forum debate at this year's annual convention in Torquay from 23-25 April.

YFC members will debate the topics Your House, Your Europe and Your Future with a panel of key guest speakers to help make their plans for a successful future in farming a reality.

Leading the Your House debate will be South West regional manager for the National Housing Federation (NHF) Catherine Brabner; and English Rural Housing Association’s chief executive Adrian Maunders.

Defra's CAP Reform and EU legislation expert Nicola Clark; and the European Commission's (DG Agri) Mike Mackenzie, who is currently working on the future of EU rural development policy, will lead the Your Europe debate.

Head of UK Professional Services for Savills Clive Beer will lead the Your Future debate.

Katherine Sealy, chairwoman of the NFYFC’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee (ARAC), said: “YFC members are proud to take on the challenges and opportunities necessary to forge our careers in farming and allied industries. So we are delighted to welcome lead industry experts and policy makers to our annual forum to air our concerns, ideas and discuss plans of action.

“We will talk to Defra and the European Commission on future Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform to make sure we have a future that suits our ambitions. We aim to explore possibilities for future affordable rural housing and welcome the professional expertise from Savills for business planning.

“Our members will be travelling from all corners of England and Wales to attend the NFYFC’s annual convention and the ARAC Forum is one of the highlights of the weekend. It’s when we invite YFC members and industry representatives to have a morning of discussion, highlight outcomes and act on them. It allows NFYFC to consolidate its programme of work and development with industry and policy makers.”

The ARAC Forum takes place at 11am on Saturday 24 April at the Riviera International Centre, Torquay, during NFYFC’s annual convention. The event is chaired by Katherine Sealy and supported by Defra and HOPS Labour Solutions Ltd.


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