National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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14 April 2011

YFC presence at smallholders and garden festival

Wales YFC will once again be developing the organisations presence at the Royal Welsh Smallholder and Garden Festival to be held on Saturday the 21st and Sunday the 22nd of May at the Royal Welsh Showground Builth Wells by building on the success of it’s activities held in 2010.

In 2011 informal educational activities will be focused around the Wales YFC centre, the permanent home of the movement in Wales.

Visitors to the festival will be encouraged to call by the centre and to take part in interactive activities led by YFC staff and volunteer officers. Activities this year look set to include giving young people the opportunity to start growing their own vegetables in recycled pots that they will have the chance to make on site - raising both the awareness of home grown food as well as the importance of recycling. Healthy breakfasts will also be promoted as an excellent way to kick start any day and interesting facts and figures will be on display at the stand.

A new added attraction at this years Festival will be the presence of YFC clubs from all over Wales taking part in the popular Community and Environment Challenge. The annual challenge, supported by the Countryside Council of Wales challenges YFC members to work on projects in their local communities that will enhance their local environments.  Small grants are awarded to assist all Clubs that take part in the challenge and final interviews and presentations with a panel of expert judges will take place at the festival along with the announcement of the 2011 Community and Environment Champion.  Previous entries into the challenge have included developing gardens within schools, recording the history of clubs and providing homes with their grid reference to be placed by phones should they need the emergency services.

For the younger members of the family, Tiff and Taff the organisations faithful mascots will be out and about to greet young children and are very photogenic for photo opportunities.


14 April 2011

Bluffing their way to the top


Best bluffers: The winning Call my Bluff team from South Pembs YFC, Kim Brickell, Lucy Higgon and Angharad Scourfield, receive their trophy from Pembrokeshire YFC county chairman Aled Johnson.
A group of young farmers bluffed their way to the top of the standings in a recent county competition. South Pembs YFC used girl power to emerge as the winners of the Call My Bluff competition, thanks to the team of Kim Brickell, Lucy Higgon and Angharad Scourfield.

South Pembs took home the trophy ahead of Tiers Cross YFC in second place and Fishguard YFC in third.


13 April 2011

Wales YFC member attends hearing on the future of Europes young farmers


Marc Jones (left) and Tom Jones (right)
Marc Jones, a Wales YFC member from Montgomeryshire and vice-chariman of the Wales YFC Rural Affairs committee recently attended a hearing on the Future of Europe’s Young Farmers held in Brussels. 

The hearing was held by the European Economic and Social committee which relays opinions directly to the ministers who vote on them and Wales YFC were invited to be present by Mr Tom Jones, one of the Welsh representatives on the EESC.

The aim of the hearing was to try and find answers to a number of questions, including;
What does a young person need when setting up in agriculture?
What measures can benefit young farmers under the various European policies? and
What public policies are required to prevent rural exodus?

During the hearing Marc Jones was one of four young farmers from Germany, Belgium, Wales and Ireland who presented to the committee their expectations for the future of the Common Agricultural Policy.

Marc presented to the committee details regarding the Wales YFC lamb initiative ran in conjunction with Dunbia and Sainsbury’s and the Welsh Assembly Governments Young Entrants Support Scheme and highlighted the main issues which contribute to the difficulties of young farmers and young entrants starting their own businesses which were outlined as availability of ground, entitlements and capital.

Marc stated,
“I would like to thank Tom Jones for allowing Wales YFC a chance to visit Brussels in order to meet with Welsh Assembly Staff there and to present to the European, Economic and Social committee who will have a huge influence on the Common Agricultural Policy itself.

It was a great experience which has allowed me to hear the European Young Farmers views and to show other countries the different issues we have in introducing young farmers to the industry in Wales. The meeting was very positive and with a member of the European Commission present I can see that part of the Common Agricultural Policy will be used to help young farmers from 2014 onwards.

The trip also highlighted how Welsh agriculture’s views were very similar to the other European countries and how Defra’s views were very different. This highlighted the importance of Wales having a voice in Europe”.

Tom Jones who is a past Wales YFC president and vice president of the Wales Council for Voluntary action stated,
“This was an excellent opportunity for the voice of Wales YFC to be heard during a critical period of re-arranging the European Union Agricultural Policy. Marc was given the opportunity to greet and meet with a number of representatives from rural youth organisations across Europe as well as a number of the Assembly Government Officers who are in Brussels.”


08 April 2011

Fuw main sponsors of Wales YFC field day

The Wales YFC Field Day to be held on Saturday the 16th of April at Welshpool Market will be sponsored by the Farmers Union of Wales and hosted by the Montgomery YFC Federation.

The Field Day is an integral part of Wales YFC’s Spring Calendar and retains close links with the agricultural industry and rural skills.

“The Field Day is rapidly becoming a bigger part of our competitions calendar,” said Wales YFC’s Activities & International Committee Chairman, Kay Morgan.  

“The competitions held during this day are quite special, as each one requires the members to be fully versed in the rules and regulations surrounding the activity involved. The Efficiency with Safety competition is a prime example of this, many young people would simply not be fully aware of the importance of adequate health and safety matters if it were not for this event. The ATV challenge also plays a part in teaching competitors how to best handle these powerful machines which are another lethal weapon in the wrong hands, but a fantastically useful tool when used properly.” she added.

“The Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW) have supported the organisation for a number of years in various ways and we are delighted that they have agreed to continue their support,” said Enfys Evans, Wales YFC Chairman.

FUW president Gareth Vaughan said: “The union is very happy to play a crucial supportive part in ensuring the success of the Wales YFC Field Day.

“Assisting young people to enter farming is a major role of the FUW and we strongly believe the competitions that take place during the event give the competitors a true taste of what to expect if they decide to become full-time farmers.”

During the day representatives from a range of organisations will also be present offering help, support and information to members. Stands will include; The Welsh Assembly Young Entrants Support Scheme, Lantra, Farming Connect, British Wool Marketing Board, Powys Farm Diversification, Rural IT, and the Forestry Commission. Fieldsmen from Dunbia will also be present to provide information and answer any questions members may have regards the Wales YFC Lamb Initiative.

Members of the public are most welcome to attend and should contact Wales YFC for further information on 01982 553 502.


07 April 2011

Wales YFC to launch welsh assembly government elections manifesto

Wales YFC will launch it’s manifesto for the forthcoming Welsh Assembly Government Elections on Sunday the 17th of April at Cwmcerrig Farm Shop, Llanelli.

Representatives from all of Wales’ four main political parties are expected to attend the launch of the manifesto which sets out the priorities the organisation has identified for the Welsh Government’s next term.

Enfys Evans, Wales YFC Chairman states,
“We are young people that are privileged to be living in rural areas, however we do have concerns that we seek to address with the assistance of our Welsh Assembly Government.

We’re thankful for the opportunities we’ve had to work with the Welsh Assembly Government in recent times and we hope that the co-operation develops during the next term so that we can continue to put forward the views of our membership which will hopefully benefit our rural communities and the agricultural industry.”

Rhys Evans, Wales YFC Rural Affairs Committee chairman will chair the hustings with the party representatives and noted
“We are extremely grateful to the candidates for giving their time to take part in this event with Wales YFC and hope that a number of members will come along to question them on their priorities. Wales YFC are also thankful to Cwmcerrig Farm Shop for allowing us to hold this event in their splendid location.”

If anyone is interested in attending the event contact Kay Lewis, Wales YFC Rural Development Officer on 01982 553 502.


06 April 2011

Neighbouring counties win Wales YFC English and welsh public speaking competitions!

Over 500 YFC members travelled to the Royal Welsh Showground on Saturday to take part in the Wales YFC Public Speaking Day, sponsored by one of the world’s leading renewable energy developers, RES.

Members from all over Wales attended the day to take part in the Wales YFC Welsh and English Public Speaking competitions and as ever, the competition was close in each section. Following a full day of competing Pembrokeshire Federation was the overall winners of the English section and the Carmarthenshire Federation was the overall winners of the Welsh section.

Speaking on behalf of the sponsors, Richard Evans of RES stated,
“The ability to stand up and speak in front of an audience, no matter how large or small that audience may be, requires great courage. RES is extremely proud to have been able to sponsor such a fantastic event that not only develops key life skills but also helps to instill confidence and self respect.

Whether it be via community benefit funds, local contracting jobs or sponsoring excellent events such as the Wales YFC Public Speaking day, RES has, and always will, look to invest in the rural communities with which we have such a close relationship.
 
We would like to congratulate all of those who took part and very much look forward to next year’s event.”

Kay Morgan, Chairman of the Wales YFC Activities and International Committee said that once again the standard of the Public Speaking Competition – one of the most popular competitions held by Wales YFC – was maintaining its high standards.

“Public Speaking is a talent that cannot be taught. It is something which has to be nurtured over a number of years. I honestly believe that Wales YFC produces some of the best speakers in the country, and that without the encouragement of clubs, club leaders and fellow members, many simply wouldn’t get the opportunity to feel the buzz of competing in such an event. We would like to thank RES for supporting this event which helps many Wales YFC members to gain confidence to stand up and speak in front of a crowd.”



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