National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

21 January 2021

It was a positive start to 2021 for the YFC AGRI group of regional YFC representatives who hosted a Defra presentation of the Agricultural Transition Plan (ATP) on 5 January at their regular Zoom meetings.

Neville Cavendish, Head of Co-design for Defra’s Future Farming and Countryside Programme stakeholder engagement manager took everyone through their paces explaining policy intentions, timelines, schemes and grants for the next seven-year agricultural transition period.

The opportunity for YFC members to take part in a Q&A with Defra was welcomed, not only to question but also to give feedback, highlight practical issues as well as young farmers’ passion for food production as well as land management.   Neville also set out how YFC members and representatives could get involved further to help design the emerging Defra policy and schemes over the coming months, as part of the approach Defra is taking to co-design – partnering with the people who use and access Defra schemes and services, to understand problems and develop the solutions together.

With YFC members from regions spanning England and Wales, there was plenty of next generation representation and collaboration.With just under 30 attendees, AGRI Chairman George Baxter was pleased to see the momentum of the YFC AGRI work continue at his penultimate meeting as lead of the group. 

“Despite all the challenges of last year, everyone has bonded well and achieved much to be proud of,” said George. “We welcome every opportunity to represent our YFC members, to keep connected during these challenging times and to encourage more people to join in with our regular discussion meetings.  Communication is key and we also look forward to continued conversations with policy makers.”

The next YFC AGRI meeting will held at 8pm on 16 February 2021 and YFC members and interested observers are welcome.  Contact Sarah Palmer for further details or if you would like to get involved with co-design opportunities with Defra.

You can download a copy of the Defra presentation here


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