National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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30 May 2017

Nearly 30 YFCs have taken part in NFYFC’s Countryside Challenge and made a massive impact on their local rural communities – and there is still time to get involved!

The project, which is funded by The Pears Foundation and the Office for Civil Society, finishes at the end of June. YFCs have so far received £7,200 for their efforts – with £4,400 in the pipeline for those who are still putting their challenges into action.

There is also still £3,200 of funding available to YFCs to claim before the end of June, which could help eight more projects get off the ground.

The completed projects, which have ranged from local conservation missions to cleaning up a local village, have been met with gratitude from local communities as well as The Pears Foundation.

Deputy Director of Pears Bridget McGing said: “The YFCs taking part in the Countryside Challenge have been particularly impressive in their ability to organise and manage social action projects. From the ambitious scale of the projects devised by the clubs, through to the careful budgeting, reporting and risk assessments carried out, the YFCs have definitely demonstrated the extraordinary potential of young people.”

Clubs have used their funding to help them complete their local project or invested the money back into the running and development of their YFC.

Much Wenlock YFC organised a charity ‘Muck Lug’ (pictured) for their project – which involved a leaflet drop and advertising campaign. They took orders, filled the bags and delivered to the local community. The Club was able to use their £400 from the Countryside Challenge to subsidise weekly events for members, including talks, activities and visits.

“We are a very busy Club so to help out our members and ensure they were able to attend more costly things was very important to us,” said Much Wenlock YFC member Alison Jones.

Get in touch as soon as possible with cath.sykes@nfyfc.org.uk if you think you could use £400 of funding for a positive social action project in your local area. Find out more about taking part in the Challenge.

Congratulations to the following YFCs who have completed a project and received £400:

  1. Market Bosworth, Leicestershire
  2. Royston &Buntingford YFC, Hertfordshire
  3. Selby YFC, Yorkshire
  4. Escrick YFC, Yorkshire
  5. Elwick YFC, County Durham
  6. St Columb YFC, Cornwall
  7. Norfolk Countrysiders YFC, Norfolk
  8. Aspatria YFC, Cumbria
  9. Much Wenlock YFC, Shropshire
  10. Essex YFC – Essex
  11. Kingsbrompton YFC, Somerset
  12. Comberton FYC, Cambridgeshire
  13. Caunton YFC, Nottinghamshire
  14. Pailton YFC, Warwickshire
  15. Wymeswold YFC, Lincolnshire
  16. Suffolk YFC, Suffollk
  17. Ashford and District YFC, Kent
  18. March YFC, Cambridgeshire

Good luck to the following YFCs who are currently preparing their projects and will receive £400:

  1. Warleggan YFC, Cornwall
  2. Sedgefield YFC, County Durham
  3. Launceston YFC, County Durham
  4. Abingdon YFC, Oxfordshire
  5. Huntington YFC, Cambridgeshire
  6. Longridge, Lancashire
  7. Hampshire YFC, Hampshire
  8. St Albans YFC, Hertfordshire
  9. Dorrington YFC, Shropshire
  10. NFYFC Youth Forum, National
  11. Shropshire YFC, Shropshire

30 May 2017

Interested in improving your farm’s soil health, reducing costly inputs and maximising your returns? Learn from experienced no-till farmers, soil scientists and industry experts from around the world at the Groundswell No-Till Show and Conference on 28-29 June, on a no-till farm in Hertfordshire.

Now in its second year, Groundswell is an independent event, created ‘by farmers, for farmers’, focused on no-till techniques and soil regeneration in arable and mixed farming situations.

Tickets are now available for the event with an exclusive 10% discount for YFC members.

“The rationale of the Groundswell Show is to help farmers to take back control of their farms and businesses and find a way of growing healthy crops using the least amount of inputs possible” said host farmer John Cherry. “We have gathered an incredible assortment of soil and livestock experts, ecologists and experienced no-till farmers from around the globe, along with all the top direct drill machinery on the market today, to share experiences and ideas around Conservation Agriculture”.

Visitors can hear from a huge array of speakers from across the globe and highlights of the show include:
 

  • 10 leading manufacturers demonstrating their direct drill technology, a unique setting to compare and evaluate drills on the market today. John Deere, Horsch, Ryetec, Agri-Linc, Sly, Primewest, Simtech Aitchison, Sumo, Weaving and Dale Drills will be represented.
  • Opportunities to discuss and debate different techniques for combating blackgrass, cover and companion cropping, and water management.
  • A rainfall simulator from the USA, showing the surprising impact of 2” of rain upon differently tilled soils. 
  • See root development up close in the 1.5m deep soil pit dug into a two year herbal ley.  
  • A dedicated Soil Tent, with soil scholars from Cranfield University showcasing their recent studies into soil health.
  • Mob-stocking demonstrations.

“The energy and positive feedback we received from last year’s show, in particular from the younger generation of attendees, was incredible. It is clear that The Groundswell Show meets a growing need from farmers to understand their greatest asset, and re-gain a level of financial control while safeguarding the environment too,” added John Cherry.

There is a huge amount to see at Groundswell No-Till Show and Conference 2017. Young Farmers who are keen to safeguard their soils (and profit margins) for the future can listen, learn and be inspired.

Tickets are on sale now and we are pleased to offer an exclusive 10% discount to YFC members. YFC members can access the discount code by logging into the members area.

For more information visit: www.groundswellag.com





30 May 2017

NFYFC is supporting World Milk Day on 1 June and getting behind the NFU’s #HappyCows campaign that is relaunching on the same day.

World Milk Day is aimed at recognising the importance of milk as a global food and the NFU’s #HappyCows campaign aims to promote British dairy farming and British dairy products to the public.

The NFU are hoping to flood social media with photos of #HappyCows and are encouraging dairy farmers to take photos of themselves and their dairy cows and upload them onto any social media channels throughout the day using #HappyCows and #WorldMilkDay.

They are also asking any farmers to film videos from their phones and upload a short (~5 second) video of themselves waving with their dairy cows, or just of their dairy cows looking happy or engaged in activities such as using a cow brush.
 
The activity isn’t limited to dairy farmers and anyone can get behind the campaign.
 
The NFU Discovery Barn is at the Bath & West on the 1st June promoting World Milk Day and #HappyCows, so look out for them if you are attending the show. 

If you would like to get involved, just post a photo to social media using the hashtag #HappyCows and #WorldMilkDay and tag NFYFC so we can share your photos!

Find out more about World Milk Day here.




24 May 2017

Ed Ford, Chairman of Council for The National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs, said:

“On behalf of all young farmers across England and Wales, NFYFC offers its heartfelt condolences to the friends and family of Nell Jones from Knutsford YFC in Cheshire who sadly lost her life in the attack at the Manchester Arena on Monday night.

“Our thoughts are also with the members of Knutsford YFC and Cheshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs who have been affected by this tragedy.

“While these atrocities are devastating and shocking – especially when it affects our own communities – we must all stand united against the hatred. It is at times like these that we can take comfort and strength from our nationwide community of Young Farmers’ Clubs. The work we all do to support our local communities will continue, the friendship we share with each other will continue and our commitment to developing rural young people who make a positive difference in the world will continue.”

 

Advice and support

For support and helplines please check the Government help page set up in response to the attack. If you are worried or concerned about the Manchester attack and terrorism, please check out this page from the BBC and for Clubs or Counties looking for advice on explaining to children about terrorism, please check out this NSPCC guidance.





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