National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

04 May 2011

Lawnmower racing, crafts, YFC competitions, fun and food all add up to a great day out for all the family at the Yorkshire County Show on Sunday 5 June.

YFC members will be battling it out in a host of compeitions including tug of war, cookery, dancing and carpentry at the event at Nidderdale Showground, Pateley Bridge and the event is open to the public from 11am onwards.

Visit www.yfyfc.org.uk or call 01423 865870 for more details.


04 May 2011

Launch of 2011 Young Innovator and Natural Resources awards

The 2011 Young Innovator and Natural Resources Awards will be launched at the home of the 2010 Young Innovator with Natural Resources Award winner – James Raw on Sunday the 15th of May 2011.

Sponsored by the world renowned renewable energy company, Dulas and run by Wales YFC with support from the Countryside Council of Wales (CCW) and the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society the award has developed in its second year to recognise improved environmental practices already adopted as well as visionary projects in energy use and production.

In 2011 a prize of £1,000 will be awarded to the winner in two categories – the Natural Resources award and the Young Innovator Award with runners up in both sections receiving £200 each.

Speaking on behalf of the sponsors, Dulas, Ian Draisey explained,
“Dulas were thrilled to be involved in the Innovator Awards, so much so that we have decided to support the YFC again this year. The need for rural entrepreneurs and innovators has never been more profound. With cuts in the public sector, and inflationary pressures Wales needs to capitalise on the natural resources that we have available. Strong incentives through the Feed-in Tariffs and the Renewables Obligation provide the opportunity for the farming community to invest in hydro, wind and solar technologies. The new Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) brings support for renewable heat technologies too.

Dulas are hoping to see a strong competition this year, with the new format bringing entries from all the regions of Wales. We see this award as central to the low carbon agenda in Wales, and real opportunity to engage with the farming community.”

The Natural Resource award will place emphasis on actual personal contributions to good land management and / or agri-environment practices with the Young Innovator award for those 40 years old or younger placing an emphasis on plans to make a good personal contribution to good energy management practice.


Following the launch there will be a farm walk and representatives from Dulas will be present to give advice and information on renewable energy. In addition, a representative from Bangor University will discuss the Carbon Footprint assessment that was undertaken on James’ farm and provide information on livestock production and greenhouse gasses.

For an application form to apply for the competition please contact Kay Lewis at the Wales YFC Centre on 01982 553 502.


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