National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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24 February 2011

Wales YFC officers represent young people at NFU conference!

Representatives from Wales YFC recently attended the National Farmers Union Conference held in Birmingham.

Attending on behalf of the organisation was Enfys Evans, Wales YFC Chairman; Rhys Evans, Wales YFC Rural Affairs Committee Chairman; Marc Jones, Wales YFC Rural Affairs Committee Vice-Chairman; Kay Lewis, Wales YFC Rural Development Officer; Jonathan Williams, Radnor and Meinir Jones, Carmarthenshire. Roland Davies, Montgomery also attended through the Montgomery NFU branch.

The conference entitled, ‘Farming at the heart of the economy’, held over two days gave the opportunity for those present to be addressed by inspirational speakers and to meet leading figures within the agricultural industry.

YFC members attended a number of sessions some of which were politically themed where guest speakers included the Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP, Secretary of State, Defra and Rt Hon Jim Paice MP, Minister of State for Agriculture and Food. Other sessions focused on business and what the future holds for farming. Members were also able to select a number of breakout sessions e.g Livestock, Dairy, Poultry etc and also breakfast workshops e.g Uplands, Tenants or the Next Generation which they could attend. These sessions enabled those representing the YFC to take part in discussions that were of relevance and interest to them. The conference came to an end with a question time session, which posed the question ‘Is modern agriculture palatable?’, the panel was chaired by Tom Heap, Broadcaster and questions were received thick and fast  for the panel who included Jay Rayner, writer, journalist and broadcaster, Peter Kendall, NFU President and Patrick Holden CBE.

“The informative conference gave YFC members an exclusive insight into issues that will have a great affect on their futures. On behalf of the organisation I would like to thank the NFU for their kind hospitality over the two days,” said Rhys Evans, Wales YFC Rural Affairs Chairman.

Ed Bailey, President of NFU Cymru said, “We always ensure that 10% of the Welsh delegation to the NFU conference is from the YFC. NFU Cymru fully recognises that in there lies the future of our industry. It always gives me a warm feeling to hear their enthusiasm and passion during the conference discussions. I’m pleased those that attended this year’s conference enjoyed the experience as we enjoyed their company and perspective.”

The conference was held on Tuesday the 15th of February and Wednesday the 16th of February 2011.


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