National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

30 October 2010

Closing date for young innovators with natural resources applications is fast approaching

The closing date for the Young Innovators with Natural Resources an award with a total prize fund of £2,600 is fast approaching. The competition is a follow on to the highly successful Agri Environment Award.

The competition is facilitated by Wales YFC, with support from the Countryside Council of Wales (CCW) and the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, and is sponsored by the world renowned energy company, Dulas.

"Dulas is delighted to support the Young Innovator Competition, which promotes opportunities for medium and small scale renewable energy developments in farming communities. Feed-in tariffs now make hydropower, medium wind and photovoltaics all potential investments for farmers - significantly reducing carbon emissions, electricity bills and providing a healthy return on investment,” said Ian Draisey on behalf of Dulas.

Entries are welcomed from any kind of rural business from forestry contractors, farmers and fishermen to farm shops and tourist providers and entrants must be 40 years old or under on the 31st of December 2010.

Judges will be looking for evidence that the applicant has made a personal contribution to managing natural resources positively and this may include the reduction or sequestian of carbon, putting steps in place to reduce water use and wastage and increasing the water quality. Any further plans to reduce the carbon footprint of the business activity will be important. Judges will want to see evidence of an economically successful enterprise that is managed to conserve and enhance the natural resources of Wales while benefiting the local rural community and safeguarding traditional rural skills.

The overall winner of £2,000 will be announced at the 2010 Royal Welsh Winter Fair in November along with £600 to be split to entries dealing with carbon and water.  

Morgan Parry, CCW Chairman said: "It's becoming increasingly important for society to make the most of our natural resources as we strive to create a greener, more sustainable future. I'm delighted to support this pioneering scheme that will reward good practice and, as it develops, encourage many others to consider what natural resources their businesses could use efficiently and effectively. And the benefits will be twofold - not only does innovation with natural resources offer a more sustainable future, it can also bring economic value to businesses as well."

To apply for the competition please contact Kay Lewis, Wales YFC Rual Development Officer at Wales YFC on 01982 553 502 before submitting a written application form by the 15th of November.


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