National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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27 November 2019

The Farmers Weekly Young Farmers Festival is a celebration of the amazing contribution made to the rural community by young people, from across the British isles.

Taking place 19-21 June 2020 at the Offchurch Bury Estate in Warwickshire it will be a music festival experience like no other!

The ticket pretty much includes everything – camping, parking and access to all the awesome entertainment plus lots of unexpected surprises throughout the weekend.  All you need to bring is a tent, your party attitude and money for food and drinks.

Listen not only to bands and DJs you love but to those that you are going to love from then on.  You’ll be making memories with your mates, meeting new people and partying hard. Food and drinks stalls brought to you by diversified farming businesses - open all day, every day.  The festival is based around Island Paradise, our tropical beach area and Urban Escape, our city block party. With over 60 acts throughout the weekend there will be a wide range of music genres and the Main Stage will allow festival-goers to party well into the night.

We are proud to be working with NFYFC as our brand partner where we are offering 10% percent of the YFC ticket price to go back to each county for further club developments.

To find out more about the Young Farmers Festival visit the website

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27 November 2019

Taking on a new role as Worcestershire’s County Chairman, Cameron Wood has got a busy year ahead but it’s YFC friendships that he claims have helped him achieve so much already.

When did you join YFC?

I Joined Vale of Evesham YFC at the start of 2015 for the social side and to make new friends while on my university placement year. I’ve hung around Worcestershire ever since finishing my studies and came back to work in the area.

What roles have you held in YFC?

Stockjudging Co-ordinator and now County Chairman.

What has been one of the biggest challenges you have faced in a role with YFC?

I would say this is one that I’m facing right now as we had to make the difficult decision to cancel our annual Winter Wonderland Ball. We decided to cancel it due to declining ticket sales in recent years and low numbers sold just a week and a half before this year’s event. This obviously leaves a hole in our income for the year, which will need to be filled. As a County we are trying to take it back to all the members at club level to see what they want to get from their County Federation and what sort of events we should be looking to put on in the future.

Best thing you have done with YFC?

Going outside of my comfort zone. When I joined, if you had told me I would be organising the County’s stockjudging events and now being its County Chairman, I would have probably laughed and said no chance! But now looking back at all the fun I’ve had setting up various County events, and the friends and contacts I’ve made along the way, I’m not sure what I would have been doing over the last couple of years.

Greatest achievement in YFC? 

Probably stockjudging for the first time at my first country show and coming third for beef carcase. Learning a new skill and trying something new is one of the main things YFC is all about.

Greatest achievement outside of YFC?

It would have to be graduating with a FdSc degree in agriculture because studying was not always my strong point!

Best thing you have ever made with YFC?

Great friendships and good memories along the way.

Who would you like to thank in YFC and why?

All the friends I’ve made who make it fun and worthwhile doing all the hard work. Also to all those that have helped me and directed me in my various roles and continue to do so – your help and advice is very much appreciated.



27 November 2019

A dynamic and experienced YFC member is being sought to join NFYFC’s Board of Management.

The position is for a two-year term of office and a further two years is available after the initial term is completed. Applications can only be made by full YFC members in order that NFYFC’s Board maintains the required 33% representation from full YFC members.

The Chairman and Vice Chairmen of the NFYFC Council, who will be elected at the February Council meeting, may be full YFC members, and in which case the additional Board position will not be available on the 2020 Board in February.

The NFYFC Council agreed it would be prudent to open applications to YFC members in case the newly elected officers are not in full membership age (10-26).

Applications are welcomed from YFC members who can contribute to the leadership and direction of the NFYFC and provide insight and perspective of the needs of YFC members, with an appetite to develop their existing skills and bring creativity to the Board.

For full details of the role and an application pack, visit the recruitment pages of the NFYFC website. Application deadline is 17.00hrs on Monday 6 January 2020. 




27 November 2019

YFC can open up lots of opportunities to get involved in industry groups that can help broaden your experience. Nicola Palfrey from Somerset FYFC shares her involvement as a YFC representative on one such group.

What do you do?

I am the NFYFC Tenancy Reform Industry Group (TRIG) representative. The group advises on measures that assist the tenanted sector within the agricultural industry and aims to maintain and invigorate the sector.

Why is YFC a part of TRIG?

The NFU, CLA and TFA are amongst the stakeholders who attend the meetings and represent their members’ views so it’s particularly important that young farmers are represented and provide input to this industry group.

What do you discuss at the group?

The latest meeting was held in early November at the Defra offices in London. We had hoped to review the response to Defra’s tenancy consultation held earlier in this year, but were unable to do so due to the election campaign. However, there was much conversation from all stakeholders at the meeting regarding different types of farm and land occupation both now and in the future, with the obvious consideration of politics and future policy change that will impact on our farming future.

How can other YFC members get their voices heard?

I’m delighted to take up the mantel from our previous TRIG representative Rebecca Heal and hope that you will share any thoughts or concerns regarding tenancy or rural land occupation with me or our AGRI member of staff so that we can represent you at the next meeting.



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