National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

27 November 2020

James Eckley, Chief Officer of The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC), has been awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Agricultural Societies by the Council for Awards of Royal Agricultural Societies (CARAS).

The Fellowship is the senior Award of the Council and is given in recognition of outstanding contribution by an individual to the understanding, efficiency and well-being of agriculture.

Mr Eckley is from a farming family in Herefordshire and has worked in the land-based and agriculture industry throughout his career. He has been the Chief Officer of NFYFC for seven years, and previously held senior roles in the organisation. He was also General Manager of HOPS Labour Solutions from 1996 to 2004 that operated the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme (SAWS).

As Chief Officer of NFYFC, Mr Eckley oversees the Federation, ensuring members’ voices are heard and that its programme of work meets its charitable objectives. The Federation has retained its strong links with agriculture over the past 89 years, helping to develop the next generation of farmers.

CARAS acts on behalf of the UK’s four national Royal Agricultural Societies – The Royal Agricultural Society of England, The Royal Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland, The Royal Ulster Agricultural Society, and The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society to recognise, through its Awards scheme, distinguished achievement in agriculture and related land-based industries

The Awards embrace not only practical farming and the development of new husbandry practices, but also research, technology, economics, education, farming care, communication and administration.

Mr Eckley said: “It is a huge honour to have been awarded the Fellowship of the Royal Agricultural Societies in recognition of nearly 25 years working with and for young people in the sector.”

“I am supported by an excellent team of elected officers, the Board and staff at NFYFC who help deliver a programme of work that supports more than 20,000 rural young people across England and Wales. NFYFC’s competitions, training delivery and industry connections all help to encourage and excite young people about the industry.”

“It is a pleasure to be part of this dynamic sector and I will continue to do all I can to help develop more young people to be involved in its future.” 


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