National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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28 March 2017

Tickets for this year’s Cereals Event (14-15 June) will be on sale from Monday 3 April 2017 and NFYFC members can save up to 50% by booking in advance.

As this is the event’s 40th anniversary, it promises to be a celebration of all things arable, bringing together nearly 500 exhibitors to showcase the latest machinery, crop and business developments.

“Cereals is a great one-stop shop for career development for students, members of the NFYFC and young arable professionals,” said Event Director Jon Day.  “From meeting with representatives from the leading universities and networking with potential employers to furthering their understanding of key industry issues and developing their technical knowledge, a day at Cereals is an investment in personal development,”.

Spanning over 64ha on a working farm and attracting over 24,000 visitors every year, Cereals is a hotspot for arable innovation. Visitors can expect everything from advice on how to boost returns with specialist crops, and working demonstrations of cultivation equipment to the latest cutting edge technology in Syngenta’s Sprays and Sprayers Area and the Drone Zone.

“Visitors have access to some really unique exhibits at Cereals,” said Mr Day. “The Soil Pit is just one example, where farmers get to go ‘underground’ to look at crops below the soil surface and seek advice on a variety of issues from compaction to crop nutrition.”

With so much to see, it can be hard for visitors to plan their day, so this year the event is introducing Knowledge Trails, making it easier to pinpoint exhibitors covering hot topics like blackgrass, oilseed rape and precision farming.

For those wanting to keep up with the latest industry news, the Arable Conference will be featuring a series of debates and seminars with themes ranging from farming without glyphosate to Brexit.

Crowds will also be drawn to Syngenta’s Farm Sprayer Operator of the Year (FSOOTY) final, featuring a Question Time session with the finalists headed up by application specialist, James Thomas.

“FSOOTY is an opportunity to share knowledge and learn from the experiences of other entrants,” said Mr Thomas. “The session will give visitors the chance to quiz the country’s top sprayer operators for their topical tips and best practice advice to get the best results from every application.”

Jono Dixon, Yorkshire farmer and #clubhectare founder, is a regular visitor to Cereals and says it’s an event well worth attending. “From financial advice to looking at the crop demonstration site; the abundance of new machines and the sprayer demo area - it is very useful for gleaning almost any information you require,” he said.

“The arable conferences are well worth attending and it’s a good idea to keep an eye on pre-show advertising to see what is being discussed, as most conferences are popular and you won't get a seat. The final of FSOOTY is also a real crowd puller.”

Tickets are on sale from Monday 3 April 2017 via the website and YFC members can access the discount code to save nearly 50% on tickets by logging into the members area.



23 March 2017

After a weekend of impressive performances in the Northern and Southern Regional finals of the Performing Arts competition, five counties have made it through to the final of the competition at Annual Convention in Torquay.

The two highest scoring teams from the Northern and Southern Regional Finals and the winning team from the Wales Area round are now preparing to tread the boards again in Torquay – and hoping to clinch the top spot.

Raughton Head YFC from Cumbria and Cheriton & Tedburn YFC from Devon are the overall winners of the Northern and Southern Regional Finals. Whitley Chapel YFC from Northumberland and Cornwall FYFC came in second places and have earned their places at the Final too.

Llanfyllin YFC from Montgomery was declared the winner from the Wales Area with its emotional portrayal of the decline of the coal mining industry and the Aberfan disaster in 1966.

Ffion Wright Evans from Llanfyllin YFC said Club members can’t believe they have made it to the national final as they are a young cast with an average age of 14. “As Llanfyllin YFC celebrates its 80th anniversary year, it is an honour to be representing Wales and Montgomery FYFC,” said Ffion. “All of the cast members and production team are thrilled. Many of our cast members have never experienced anything like this before so you can imagine the excitement in practices at the moment!”

The Welsh team will be up against stiff competition when they join the four other teams on Saturday 22 April at the Princess Theatre in Torquay. 

Northern Regional Final winners Raughton Head YFC promise a fast, funny and entertaining performance from their show called Medical Madness!

“It is based around a hospital so hopefully anyone that sees it will feel better afterwards,“ said Raughton YFC Chairman Philip Potts. “It’s absolutely brilliant to get through to the National Finals after all the practising and the four rounds of elimination. I am really proud of the Club – everyone has had a chance to take part.  Hopefully all the hard work and the long journey from Cumbria to Devon will pay off and we do a top class, last performance.”

The southern teams will be eager to steal the show though with their stage productions and Southern Regional Final winners Cheriton & Tedburn YFC are hoping their country-themed performance is a winner.

“This is a big achievement for our small Club and the competition has really brought us together,” explained Dan Grist – producer and cast member of Play that Country Song. “With members ranging from 10 to 27 years old, it really has been a whole Club effort and sums up what YFC is all about! We hope members past and present will be able to relate to our country-themed show – from a magic act to a farmyard stomp, there should be something for everyone!”

Cornwall FYFC will be performing How Pink is your Panther? and Whitley Chapel YFC will put on their show called An Invite to Fright Night!

Tickets to watch the performances in Torquay can be bought in advance or on the door. Visit the Annual Convention website for more information. Anyone with a wristband for Friday and Saturday will have free access to the performances.


22 March 2017

Learning how to tackle a local community project involved YFC members rolling their sleeves up at a Countryside Challenge training day this March.

The one-day course was hosted at the Canal and River Trust in Stoke where 12 YFC members from Leicestershire,  Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Derbyshire and Worcestershire learnt more about the Countryside Challenge and even got to take part in a local conservation project!.

NFYFC’s Countryside Challenge is funded by Pears Foundation and the Cabinet Office and is aimed at enabling YFCs to identify and carry out youth social action projects in their local communities. NFYFC can give up to £400 to five clubs each quarter who need funding to help them complete a project.

On the training day, YFC members were able to look through some of the completed projects by other clubs before planning their own. To help them on their way they were given useful tasks to do such as writing their own risk assessment.

As well as the planning, there was also an opportunity to get their hands dirty when the Canal and River Trust set the YFC members off on a mission to carry out a local conservation project. After splitting into teams, the members did a litter pick alongside the canal and gravelled and cleared vegetation from a foot bridge and lock.

Aimee Mahony, from Market Bosworth YFC, attended the training day and said: “I had a great day. Everyone left with a real buzz about future projects.”

So far 15 community projects have been carried out by YFCs and received funding through the Countryside Challenge. A total of 265 members have taken part in a Countryside Challenge project over the last to help their local community – which equates to more than 2,500 hours of support!

Bridget McGing, Director of Pears Foundation, said they had enjoyed receiving the reports produced by the YFCs about their projects.  “It’s very rewarding to read about the projects.  We’re always pleased to see examples of young people giving careful consideration to the needs of their community, and matching that with the particular skills and passion that they can contribute.  When those two factors combine, there can be some wonderful results.”

Funding is still available for YFCs to apply for support for future projects and for more information about how your YFC can take part visit our Countryside Challenges pages.

Watch a video from the day and find out more about the Countryside Challenge:


06 March 2017

The Youth Forum were on pretty safe ground in Belfast for this year’s Residential Weekend as members attended a safety session with their sponsors the Farm  Safety Foundation.

Along with members of the Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster, Youth Forum members visited RADAR NI.  This included a tour the farm safe area, supported by the Farm Safety Foundation and the members had a go at the interactive Young Drivers simulator. The tour is a hard hitting experience, designed to make drivers realise the massive responsibility they have when driving and the impact their choices behind the wheel can have on others.

Edward Ford, NFYFC’s Chairman of Council, joined the Youth Forum for the tour and said: “As technology advances within farming, the risk of accidents can actually increase. While the safety of machinery and equipment has improved, the fact that machines can do so much more can make people complacent. It’s fantastic to have an outside organisation like the Farm Safety Foundation help us deliver this vital message and for our members to consider situations they could come across on their own farms when they go home or in their future workplace.”

A Curve module on Farm Safety is now available and includes group activities, discussions and videos from ambassadors who have been affected by a life changing farm accident.

This educational resource will allow the Foundation to engage with YFC members who have left college or have pursued a vocational route into the industry, increase awareness of the campaign and receive valuable feedback from participants.   

Made up of members aged 20 and under, the Youth Forum represents the voices of younger members of the Federation. The February meeting is when the group discuss their future plans and elect their new Chairman and Vice Chairman.

Thomas Oatey from Cornwall FYFC was elected as the new Chairman of Council during the weekend and Rachel Black from Bedfordshire was elected as the new Vice Chairman.


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