National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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18 April 2010

The deadlines are looming for two opportunities to apply for student bursaries to help with studying for agricultural careers.

The deadline for applying for the NFU Mutual Centenary Award is 30 April, and the closing date for applications for the ABP student bursary scheme is 30 June.

Full details of both funding sources and how to apply are available on the funding page of the website.


14 April 2010

Members of Herefordshire YFC have helped illustrate the realities of a life on the land in a documentary being showcased at this year's Guardian Hay Festival.

The telling work by Hereford's Cantilupe Projects explores where our food will come from, who can and can't work the land and highlights just how hard the current generation of young farmers is working.

Herefordshire YFC's Christine Hope said: "Filming began in May at our county rally, to give an overview of the packed YFC calendar and the energy YFC members bring to all their events after an exhausting day on the farm.

"It then follows the individual stories of a number of members to explore all the challenges faced by the new generation working in farming and agriculture."

Due to the success the documentary has already enjoyed at the Borderlines Film Festival, it has been upped on the billing at the Hay Festival to Friday 28 May at 9pm.

More details about the filming are available online here and information about the Hay Festival is at www.hayfestival.com.


09 April 2010

The clock is ticking on the deadline for budding young farming entrepreneurs to enter this year's NFYFC farm business development competition.

There are three chances to view this year's case study farm - Wrockwardine Farm, Wrockwardine, Wellington, Telford, Shropshire –and this first viewing is Saturday 17 April at 11.30am. Further opportunities to view are on Sunday 9 May at 11.30am and Sunday 6 June also at 11.30am.

Scholarships to the next Oxford Farming Conference will be awarded to the winners of this year's competition.

All competitors taking partwill also receive tickets to the CLA Game Fair, at Ragley Hall, Warwickshire, which is hosting the winners' awards ceremony on 24 July.

The competition is open to all YFC members to test their business skills and full details of this year's challenge and entry documents are available online at www.nfyfc.org.uk/farmbusinessdevelopment.

Business plans must be returned to agriculture & rural affairs officer Sarah Palmer before the deadline of 21 June.

Interviews will take place at Stoneleigh, in Warwickshire, on 6 July.

 


09 April 2010

The first digital magazine for YFC members has been launched by Farmers Guardian.

The Adventurer kicks off with an exclusive edition dedicated to this year’s AGM, taking place in Torquay.

To mark the occasion, the free interactive magazine offers news, views, picture galleries and videos of everything you need to know about Torquay 2010.

With a Nintendo Wii up for grabs and vouchers to spend at bars and favourite local haunts in and around Torquay, the magazine has been designed with the needs of YFC members in mind.

Others features include interviews with the Blings of Leon and NFYFC president Lionel Hill and the opportunity to meet FG’s resident expert Safari Steve – whose video offers a snapshot of what you can expect from one of South West’s finest resorts.

  1. Click here to view The Adventurer online.


 


09 April 2010

Hertfordshire farm manager Andrew Watts hosted the 2010 YFC regional link day for YFC members to explore the Campaign for the Farmed Environment at Mentley Farm, Hertfordshire.

YFC members from the eastern and south east regions listened to campaign manager Corrina Gibbs and FWAG adviser Elizabeth Ranelagh explain the aims and objectives of the campaign.

Andrew demonstrated conservation methods on his arable farm, which accommodate ELS measures, as well as contributing to the campaign. He highlighted agronomical, environmental and financial benefits of good practice and visiting YFC members left with a mission to further their fellow members’ awareness of the campaign.

 


07 April 2010

NFYFC president Lionel Hill is making great strides through chairwoman Helen Roberts' challenge to raise cash for RABI.

He organised a raffle which raised £60 at the Welsh drama semi-finals in March and is planning to wear his wellies throughout the annual convention in Torquay in April to raise even more money to mark the charity's 150th anniversary.

Visit Helen's charity challenge page to learn more about her challenge to all YFCs this year.

To sponsor Lionel’s welly wear, visit www.justgiving.com/NFYFC-RABI-anniversary-challenge


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