07 July 2010
NFYFC is taking the awards ceremony for one of its most prestigious competitions to the CLA Game Fair in Warwickshire for the first time later this month.
The competition is specifically designed to give tomorrow’s tenants a dry run in applying for a farm tenancy, and includes viewing a case study farm, submitting a detailed business plan and facing a rigorous interview panel.
It supports the aims of the AgriSkills strategy by encouraging professionalism and ongoing professional development.
Freshly equipped with NFYFC’s recently developed tenancy training sessions under their belt, the competitors will make this a well-fought competition for the top prize of scholarships to next year’s Oxford Farming Conference.
Judges from Lloyds TSB, Savills and the Tenant Farmers Association (TFA) will announce the winners of a tendering process for a case study farm in Shropshire at the Game Fair Theatre at 3pm on Saturday 24 July.
Sponsor and judge George Dunn, the TFA’s chief executive, said: “The market in agricultural tenancies is fiercely competitive. Those who already have a farming base and are looking to expand will inevitably have a head start on new entrants. New entrants therefore need to be sharper, keener and better prepared than the competition.
“There is no better way to get ready for the challenge than to take part in the Farm Business Development Competition and the associated training days arranged by NFYFC. I am really looking forward to reading the proposals from the competitors this year and meeting them at interview. I am well aware that the process can be quite daunting but it has been pleasing to see the year-on-year improvement in the standard of competition entry. Everyone wants to win but even those who don’t will have improved significantly their chances of winning a tender in real life having gone through this simulation.”
Head of Savills UK Professional Services Clive Beer commented: “Savills is delighted to be involved in the competition by providing a case study farm and helping members to understand the landlord’s and agent’s perspective.
“The NFYFC Farm Business Development competition and training is a well-rounded and necessary exercise for would-be tenants. Working with NFYFC and the TFA, we can advise on the pitfalls and necessary skills to help today’s young farmers be the successful tenants of the future.”
NFYFC’s agriculture and rural affairs officer Sarah Palmer said: “The competition is realistic and testing so that would-be tenants are well-practised when it comes to the real application. Young farmers know they have considerable competition from established farmers and need to be at the top of their game to be successful. Visiting the CLA Game Fair will give competitors a further opportunity to acquire skills and ideas for their careers as future tenant farmers.
“NFYFC is pleased to be working with industry partners and Defra to deliver comprehensive training and a realistic competition to help secure future farming opportunities.”
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