NFYFC is proud to have built up a range of partnerships with companies over the years that build on the strengths of both parties to develop long-term, mutually beneficial relationships. The sponsors’ ongoing support ensures that our members are able to develop new skills, travel abroad, take part in a varied competitions programme and reach their full potential. Specifically, NFYFC would like to extend our thanks to the following organisations:
At Massey Ferguson, we are passionate about the future of farming. We are committed to supporting young farmers through partnerships with CEJA and young farmers clubs across the world. We are particularly proud to work with the NFYFC and its members.
With nearly 170 years of innovation and experience, Massey Ferguson is one of the world’s leading farm machinery brands with a reputation for the supply of straightforward, dependable farm machinery.
Farming will always be a challenging profession but the long-term prospects of agriculture are strong. The world needs more food, grown more efficiently and at affordable prices, whilst respecting the environment and protecting key resources for the long-term.
We fully understand the pressures associated with running a modern farm enterprise and are focused on developing equipment, technology and services to help boost agricultural productivity. Massey Ferguson plays an active part in shaping the future of agriculture and we value the opinions of young farmers as they face the challenges of balancing profitable businesses in a sustainable environment.
Major opportunities exist for well-trained, energetic and technically-proficient young people. Massey Ferguson is dedicated to ensuring that the new generation is equipped, motivated and excited by the business of agriculture to make the most of the future. We look forward to continuing to support the young farmer community throughout the UK and beyond.
Central to Honda’s sponsorship of the NFYFC will be helping to promote All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) safety to the Federation’s 25,000 members.
Honda is the world’s leading ATV manufacturer and will become the Federations’ recognised expert in ATV safety. A key role for Honda within the partnership will be championing ATV safety with Young Farmers, by connecting local approved Honda dealers with Young Farmers’ Clubs across England and Wales.
Vehicle safety on the farm is a huge concern for the NFYFC. According to statistics released by the Health & Safety Executive, the largest number of worker deaths in agriculture is caused by moving vehicles, accounting for nearly a fifth of fatalities over the last five years.
The NFYFC’s partnership with Honda is part of its nationwide initiative to try to raise the awareness of farm safety to Young Farmers and encourage YFC members to change their attitudes.
Honda partners, EASI, offer a free training course with every new Honda ATV at no extra cost. Customers can register for a training course at their local Honda Authorised Dealer. The course can qualify riders in risk assessments for PUWER or HSE requirements. For commercial users, HSE risk assessments may require further training, for example through Lantra, or as part of a tractor loading and towing course.
Defra is the UK government department responsible for policy and regulations on the environment, food and rural affairs. Supporting and developing British farming, and encouraging sustainable food production, is one of the three departmental priorities laid down in Defra’s Business Plan for 2012-15. Defra supports NFYFC with an annual grant for development work aimed at supporting and improving young farmers’ knowledge, business skills and training. Events supported by the grant and available for YFC members include – Meat for the Market Training, Tenancy Training, ATV Challenge/Efficiency with Safety, Stockjudging, Train the Trainer and Advanced Train the Trainer. Pilot projects include a feasibility study of a Farming Opportunity Matching Service and Achiever Plus, a YFC online skills and training recording scheme.
KUHN Group is the world’s leading supplier of specialised agricultural machinery for tillage, seeding, fertilisation, spraying, landscape maintenance, hay and forage harvesting, livestock bedding and feeding. KUHN Group has built this broad offering on the strength of decades of experience, continuous development and an enterprising approach. The exceptionally broad range of products is geared to the needs of large farms and contractors, and all other types of agricultural operation across the world.
De Lacy Executive, is the leading recruitment consultancy in Agriculture and Food. The consultancy team offers free support and guidance to those starting their careers as well as to established professionals. Advice is based upon our expertise in the agriculture and food sector, having worked in it prior to developing a recruitment practice. https://www.delacyexecutive.co.uk/recruitment-for-candidates.
De Lacy Executive is committed to bringing new people into the industry. One of the team, Grace Nugent, is an ambassador for Bright Crop which inspires young talent to explore the wide choice of careers in farming and food supply: www.brightcrop.org.uk She visits colleges and universities to discuss career opportunities for the next generation.
De Lacy Executive is also a sponsor of the Edgar Pye Research Scholarship for budding animal nutritionists each year: www.sft.uk.com/index/10/with-some-appends
Our consultancy team handle vacancies that cover all types of vacancy from graduate trainee to managing director and in all disciplines from technical, marketing, sales, commercial, manufacturing to farm production in the sectors of agriculture including arable, fresh produce, livestock and machinery, horticulture, food processing, food supply chain and recycling and renewable energy etc.
The company has Canadian parents and through its network of international job boards offers opportunities throughout the world especially in North America (USA and Canada) Australia, New Zealand and Europe: www.Agcareers.com and www.careersinfood.com
Young Farmers Clothing specialise in supplying a wide range of personalised garments to Young Farmers Clubs. Whether it be for fun, leisure, social or work environments we cover all the requirements of the YFCs including clothing for sports activities, tours and fundraising events. The personalisation with embroidery and screen printing is all done in-house.
With a large production facility in the heart of rural Shropshire, Young Farmers Clothing offers a flexible and friendly service backed by BSI 9001 Quality Management and 14001 Environmental Management certification.
The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust was set up in 1998 with the objectives of promoting and supporting charitable purposes in the areas of agriculture, rural development and insurance in the United Kingdom - including education, the relief of poverty, social welfare and research and any other charitable purposes.
The Trustees' approach to those objectives has been to adopt a policy of supporting, through one off donations and grants, charitable initiatives connected with agriculture and the countryside and with the insurance industry.
Mole Valley Farmers was started in 1960 by a small group of farmers in South Molton, Devon. With a group turnover reaching £350m, Mole Valley Farmers continue to promote its core values of making scale work on behalf of the farming community. Today, there are more than 7000 farmer shareholders and more than 25000 country members. It is also one of the largest employers in the South West. Everyone is welcome to shop at Mole Valley Farmers branches.
Mole Valley Farmers is committed to investing in the future of farming and is delighted to be supporting NFYFC as part of this.
“This support is about ensuring the next generation have a voice that can be heard in the political arena of agriculture. We have a new generation of educated, dedicated young farmers who are passionate about shaping the future of farming within the UK. It is important that we listen to their views, support, educate and share best practice to help them navigate future volatility and ensure a sustainable industry for years to come.”
Keith Ockenden, Head of Agriculture, Mole Valley Farmers
NFU Mutual is the UK’s leading rural insurer, offering a wide range of products, including general insurance, life, pensions and investments.
With over 300 offices located in rural towns and villages throughout the UK, NFU Mutual has become part of the fabric of rural life and is committed to serving the needs of people who visit, live or work in the countryside by taking a proactive approach to issues such as improving rural road safety, tackling rural crime and improving the quality of life for all country dwellers.
NatWest has been supporting farming in the UK for over 200 years, and currently has over 120 specialist and dedicated managers. Our managers have all undergone extensive agricultural training, which has been accredited by the Chartered Banker Institute and approved by the NFU. This means you can be sure you will be looked after by a qualified and experienced manager, armed with the latest sector knowledge and information. NatWest is the only bank to have independently accredited agricultural relationship managers.
Young farmers are the 'lifeblood' of the industry. Their knowledge and enthusiasm provides the foundation for future innovation and growth within the sector. NatWest is pleased to support YFC members to help them realise their farming ambitions and continue to support the future of farming.
Tama specialise in the manufacture of netwrap and twine baling products, for farmers and contractors across the globe. Tama, being farmers themselves, understand the complexities of farming life. Along with the endorsement of the major machinery manufacturers and their extensive research and development program, Tama delivers the highest quality products for now and the future. Tama is proud to be a sponsor of Young Farmers' Clubs, understanding that this association plays a key role in the education of the next generation of farmers.
NWF Agriculture is a national supplier of high quality dairy, beef and sheep feeds to UK farmers. Whatever your farming system we can meet your needs for compound feeds, blends and straights. All our feeds are backed by our extensive technical services to ensure stock perform to their potential. We also supply forage additives, grass and forage seeds, calf milk replacers and a range of speciality feeds. Our sales team provide expert advice and solutions to help farm businesses.
Our aim is to deliver our customers the best possible product range in the market place, at the least possible cost in terms of production and logistics, backed up by the expertise and service of the highest quality from our sales and technical teams.
Inspiring and engaging future farmers is important for the agricultural industry and NWF are delighted to be supporting NFYFC. Initiatives, including Cow Signal Workshops, offer Young Farmer members the opportunity to increase their knowledge and expertise with NWF Agriculture.
The Worshipful Company of Farmers is a dynamic organisation dedicated to advancing the farming industry and all those in it. Since its formation in 1946 it has grown in stature, helping to promote farming to the nation, develop professionalism within the industry and build a healthy portfolio of charitable activities. A vibrant community of Liverymen and Freemen supports the running of professional courses and promotes the industry through activities such as the Lord Mayor’s Show, Agricultural Lectures and the City Food Lectures.
Rutland Electric Fencing was founded in 1973, maintaining a close connection with farmers and country people and understanding their needs has enabled the company to produce top quality, practical products for both farming and equestrian markets. In 1982 the company’s own range of Electric Shepherd® energisers was launched and has now gained an enviable reputation for excellent quality and reliability
All energisers and most other products are manufactured in the company’s own factories, thereby giving direct control over design, quality and availability. With its own in-house research and development team Rutland can react very quickly to market demands and technological advances thus ensuring the end user always has an up to date product.
Rutland’s philosophy has always been to make solid and reliable products designed for long and trouble free operation which, together with the close working relationships with customers, proved to be a winning formula and ensured a growing and reputable business leading the way in the electric fencing market.
Rutland Electric Fencing is owned by the Woodstream Corporation whose portfolio of brands also includes Fi-Shock™, Victor®, Havahart®, Safer® Brand, Perky Pet® & No/No® Wild Bird Feeders among others.
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A fund created by a group of people in the West Midlands to support YFC members to visit Australia via the NFYFC Discovery programme.
HOPS is a Home Office-appointed operator of schemes that help UK and international students, young people and committed workers of all ages, to find employment in the agricultural and horticultural sectors. HOPS has been matching people to holiday, seasonal, temporary and permanent, indoor and outdoor, manual and management work, offering exciting new experiences and shaping careers since 1989.
The company is wholly owned by NFYFC and based at the national office at Stoneleigh Park with a branch office in Poland. The company also works with four subcontractors in Romania, Bulgaria and Lithuania and has a team of 10 based in the UK.
Elizabeth Creak was born in Slough in 1926. She attended McGill University in Canada before working for Allen Lane at Penguin Books in both the UK and latterly America, where she helped to establish their new venture. She returned to the UK to eventually work with her uncle, Clyde Higgs, who by then had built up a thriving two thousand acre dairy farm in Warwickshire. Prior to this, Clyde had also developed a four thousand acre farm in the foothills of Mount Kilamanjaro and held a number of other positions including: Managing Director of English Farms in Wiltshire; Agricultural correspondent of the BBC and Council Member of the Royal Agricultural Society. Clyde was a highly innovative and enterprising farmer who was well known for challenging the status quo and cross-fertilizing best practices among farmers in the UK and around the world. His practical approach and constant quest for efficiency, gained at the family’s electric motor business, helped him to significantly increase output across his farms. He clearly recognized a similar passion and ability in Elizabeth and mentored her to become his successor.
In 1963 Elizabeth inherited Clyde’s farm in Warwickshire and ran it with great success for a number of years. She was a highly capable and well respected farmer and brought many creative ideas to the world of farming. She eventually sold the bulk of the business, but maintained a substantial acreage around Stratford. Elizabeth’s business acumen, determination and integrity were the reasons she was invited on to the boards of many local charitable organizations including the Royal Agricultural Society, the Stoneleigh Abbey Trust and the Stratford Society. She was the first female chairman of the Warwickshire branch of the NFU and in 1998 she became the first woman to hold the office of High Sheriff of Warwickshire. She was also a keen supporter of local craftsmen, artists and the theatre.
Elizabeth passed away in October 2013 and left the bulk of her estate to the Elizabeth Creak Charitable Trust. Elizabeth created the Trust to provide ‘Clyde Higgs Scholarships’ in agriculture; support and encourage new blood in farming and finance projects to help farmers survive and ultimately thrive in their challenging modern environment.
The Farm Safety Foundation was established by NFU Mutual in 2014 as a charity to engage the farmers of the future and help raise awareness of farm safety, change attitudes towards farming safely and reduce the toll of injuries and fatalities which bring a catalogue of heartbreak and misery to numerous families and rural communities every year.
Created in 1991, the Rural Youth Trust supports effective voluntary youth work with, and on behalf of, young people in the rural areas of England and Wales. The Trust primarily concerns itself with the motivation and training of young people, developing their personalities and individual capacity to play their full part as caring and active members of their rural communities.
The NFU Employment Service has been running since 2001 providing practical support and legal guidance to enable businesses to become and remain compliant with employment legislation.
Our dedicated team, based at NFU Head Quarters in Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, offers a personal, flexible and professional service to meet the requirements of you and your business. Members are able to spend less time dealing with employment related issues and more time managing their businesses.
Management Committee at each County have easy access to comprehensive guidance and resources to support both themselves and the staff of the County. NFU Employment Service is proud to be providing this service to NFYFC County Federations since 2011.
YFA is an alumni of YFC members who have participated in the NFYFC Discovery programme. Members pay an annual subscription, part of which is donated to go towards administering the Discovery programme. As well as financial assistance, YFA members provide NFYFC with support throughout the year including during the Discovery selection day.
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