National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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30 December 2017

Check out NFYFC’s pick of some of the best things that happened in 2017 throughout the Federation and raise a cheer to a very successful year. Here’s to 2018! 

New look communications

At the start of the year a new look for the YFC Buzz was launched, followed by a new focus for the Ten26 magazine. Feedback has been positive so far with members loving the new approach to learning more from each other. 













New President

At the Annual Convention in Torquay, we welcomed Charlotte Smith – presenter on Farming Today and Countryfile – as NFYFC’s new President. Charlotte has already been helping to raise NFYFC’s profile – including writing a great article in the Sunday Telegraph about the organisation! 







Charitable status

At the Annual General Meeting in Torquay, members voted for NFYFC to progress with its move towards becoming a charity rather than a Friendly Society. The wheels are already in motion. 






Farm safety pledges 

NFYFC ran a successful campaign during Farm Safety Week in July to encourage YFCs to pledge to deliver the Farm Safety Curve module during the 2017/18 membership year. There were loads of online pledges to show the world how committed young farmers are to working more safely. Better still – so far 15 YFCs have delivered the training!







Growing Safer Farmers

Out of tragedy came a safety idea that could help to reduce the number of faulty PTO shafts. Devon Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs Growing Safer Farmers scheme is working with machinery dealers in the south west and has now extended to Essex with a view to being rolled out nationally. 











Community Service

NFYFC members put in more than 5,000 hours of community work through the Countryside Challenge, which was supported by Pears and the Cabinet Office. The campaign encouraged YFCs to start a community project and promote their good work. In return YFCs received £400 towards their projects or to help their club. 








Smart Farming Guide 

NFYFC launched a new business guide with Savills to help rural entrepreneurs. Visit 








Training rockets

More than 500 YFC members benefited from NFYFC Curve training from September to December – an increase of nearly 30% on the same time in 2016.









National Young Farmers’ Week (NYFW)

NYFW was an even bigger success this year with the number of new members up on the same time last year. Loads of clubs took part in the YFC Selfie competition, which was judged by NFYFC's Ambassador Chris Stark from BBC Radio 1 and President Charlotte Smith. Well done to the winning club Whitchurch YFC!









AGRI voice 

NFYFC ran a series of discussion groups in November and December to give YFC members the opportunity to share their views about a farming future post-Brexit with Defra. 

These are just NFYFC’s highlights but our YFCs have many of their own. Share your stories on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using #yfchighlights2017

11 December 2017

Get your Christmas off to the best start with these festive tips for having a much safer and happier time. 

06 December 2017

Looking for a last minute Christmas present idea or want to kit yourself out in some new winter gear? We have the perfect competition prize for you! 

Cotswold Outdoor is giving away a £25 voucher to one lucky YFC member to get your festive season off to a good start.

With over four decades of experience in outdoor retail, Cotswold Outdoor offer one of the most extensive and comprehensive ranges of outdoor clothing, equipment and accessories. Selecting from over 250 top quality brands allows them to bring you the latest in outdoor technology and styles. From hiking to camping trips, walking boots to waterproof jackets, wherever your adventures take you Cotswold Outdoor have the right kit.

All YFC members receive 10% off at Cotswold Outdoor in-store and online using their code (get your code online here) – so there’s no reason why you can’t start your shopping now!  

To enter the competition, just email before Monday 18 December with the name of Santa’s infamous reindeer that has a red nose! Please give your full name in the email and the name of your YFC. 



  • You must be a current member of NFYFC to win the prize.  
  • No cash alternative is available.  

06 December 2017

The new year will bring exciting global adventures for 40 young farmers who have all been awarded a place on a YFC Travel trip. 

Young farmers were invited to apply for 16 locations, including New Zealand and Montana, as part of NFYFC’s 2018 travel programme. All applicants were interviewed by a panel of judges at a Selection Day in Stoneleigh to determine who would be going on a trip of a lifetime.

One of the most coveted trips is the three-month working scholarship funded by C Alma Baker where YFC members get to work on an extensive sheep, cattle and dairy farm in New Zealand’s North Island.

Grace Gibbs, 22, from Staffordshire FYFC, was one of the four chosen to go on the trip and said she was slightly nervous but excited.

“It is a fantastic chance. I have always wanted to travel and learn more.”

One of the YFC Travel judges Martin Brown – a former YFC member and one of the first people to go on the C Alma Baker trip in the 1980s said: “Excellent applicants, high standards If you didn’t get a trip this year, apply again as your time will come.”

The YFC Travel opportunities are unique experiences for YFC members as they involve staying with farming families or being hosted by similar rural youth organisations around the world

Homestay opportunities include staying with families around Europe, including Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Norway, as well as travelling further afield to Australia, Canada and the USA.

Owen Watkins, 19, from Clun Valley YFC in Shropshire was “over the moon” to hear he had been awarded a place on the Colorado trip.

“I went along to the open evening about YFC Travel and saw it was a fantastic opportunity so applied. The interview process at Selection Day was brilliant - quick and easy.”

There were also volunteering trips available for members in South Africa and Nepal.

Laura Gascoyne, 21, from Oxfordshire FYFC is excited to be chosen as one of the members who will help out in the townships with agricultural projects.  

“I’ve always wanted to go to South Africa. It’s exciting,” she said.

There are still spaces available on the two-week South Africa trip. The adventure will involve helping to improve nutrition, provide a sustainable source of food and educate underprivileged community members about proven gardening techniques for their location.

If you are interested in applying for the South Africa trip, contact Erica Attwood.


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