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25 June 2021

Young people are being asked for their views around policy proposals for future land use as part of a new research project by The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) and researchers Rose Regeneration.

Next generation farmers, rural young people and YFC members will be asked to consider the challenges as well as suggested solutions for a diverse range of policy aims for land use.

Considerations and competing factors for future land use include food production, net zero, conservation and environmental goals, as well as housing and development.

Those taking part in the online survey will also be entered into a prize draw to win a pair of UBOK or USBOK (safety) boots to the value of £104.95, courtesy of Bushgear.*

NFYFC’s YFC AGRI steering group is working with Dr Ivan Annibal and Dr Jessica Sellick from Rose Regeneration following the success of last year’s Your Post-Brexit Rural Future survey. As well as a short, online survey, researchers from Rose Regeneration will attend the Cereals 2021 event (30 June-1 July) to talk face-to-face with visitors at the show.

Giving young rural people a voice 

Supported by Defra, the research project aims to ensure that young people living, studying and working in a rural environment can express their opinions to help shape emerging policies.

Tom Pope, from the Somerset Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs and Chair of YFC AGRI, said: “We must make sure that those of us who will feel the impacts of changes to policies affecting the countryside share our views.  There are plenty of other groups who may have conflicting opinions, so spend a few minutes answering questions so that our collective voice is heard.

“We appreciate the many requests for surveys during this time of policy change as well as input to meetings and other YFC commitments, but please make sure this survey is one you don’t miss.”

Dr Ivan Annibal, Managing Director of Rose Regeneration said: “Many voices are at play in discussing the future of farming. It is crucial that we make sure the views of the younger generation, which represent the future of the sector are heard. I really hope the YFC community will take this opportunity to share their wisdom and insights with us.”

Tom Pope and YFC AGRI members will also be hosting two discussion events at Cereals as part of the Young Farmers’ Sustainable Solutions Seminars in the AHDB Theatre. 

NFYFC has worked with the organisers of Cereals for a second year to help shape the young farmer programme and YFC members can save 40% on tickets to the event via its membership affinity deals.

To complete the survey visit here. 

*Terms and conditions apply

  • The prize is a pair of UBOK or USBOK (safety) boots to the value of £104.95, courtesy of Bushgear.
  • Gifts, prizes and other promotional items are not transferable, may not be re-sold and are subject to availability. The Promoter reserves the right, in their reasonable discretion, to substitute any such gift, prize or item with a gift, prize or item of equal value.
  • Bushgear accepts no responsibility for any costs associated with the Prize not specifically included in the Prize.
  • The winner’s name will be available on request and published on NFYFC’s social media channels, the website and in any shared media. Contact telephone number and address of the winner will be required to arrange delivery of the prize.
  • By participating in this prize draw, entrants confirm they have read, understood and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.


23 June 2021

Exploring regenerative agriculture and using suitable machinery is the focus of the latest podcast recording in the Kuhn Farm Machinery UK series.

Meet the Farmer podcaster Ben Eagle interviews Ed Worts, Kuhn’s Product Specialist and Russell Carrington, Manager of Knepp Regenerative Farms for an insightful discussion about regenerative agriculture; the benefits, controversies and continued communication needed. The conversation also highlights the possible future opportunities for new entrant livestock farmers to work collaboratively if integrating livestock to arable systems.

Regenerative agriculture is a farming system that aims to enhance the eco-system on the farm and is focused on soil health as well as water and nutrient management. The interview includes the ways in which Kuhn is working with farmers to support them if they are moving to regenerative agricultural systems. 

“Regenerative agriculture minimises soil disturbance, maximises crop diversity and also integrates livestock, even in an arable enterprise,” explains Ed during the podcast. “There are many ways of achieving these goals and it depends on the farmer’s situation as to how it’s approached. It takes time and perseverance to make it work.” 

Russell, who used to be manager of the Pasture-fed Livestock Association, discusses his opinion of the benefits for livestock and Ed raises the different principles and methods to achieve regenerative agriculture. The conversation includes cover crops, crop diversity and integrating livestock to improve organic matter, with benefits ranging from alleviating compaction and increasing soil water holding capacity to resilience of extreme weather. 

“Kuhn is a machinery producer but we’re always looking for solutions to help farmers improve and work with them to design machines that can help achieve their goals,” says Ed who explains the ways the company is adapting its machines, such as the Direct Drill, to minimise soil disturbance. “We have identified that we need to be as adaptable as possible.”

You can listen to the latest podcast and the two previous episodes here

YFC members can get a discount to the Groundswell event mentioned in the podcast – see here. 






  


22 June 2021

It was the second time Amy Boothby from Staffordshire FYFC had made it to the national final of Situations Vacant but this year she actually got to compete in it and win the trophy!

Amy, who is County Chair of Staffordshire FYFC, is a big fan of the Situations Vacant competition and has won the County round three times and twice at the Area round. After qualifying for the national final last year, her achievement was thwarted by Covid-19, as the competition had to be cancelled.

Determined to compete nationally, Amy managed to qualify for the national finals again this year and went on to win it.

“I’m Situations Vacant’s biggest fan,” said Amy. “I am such an advocate of the competition. I have been doing it for three years, so I have a lot of experience now. It’s the closest YFC competition you’re ever going to get to the real world.

“No one can prepare you for what an interview is going to be like, and you can take away advice and experience from this competition. That’s why I have always come back to it as you can never stop refreshing your interview skills.”

All competitors are asked to choose a job advert from the last 12 months for a role they would like to pretend to apply for and then submit a CV and covering letter two weeks in advance of a live interview with the judges.

Amy chose to apply for a Mechanical Design Engineer position as she had the relevant skills and experience for the role which had been gained during her time at Harper Adam’s University while studying for a degree in Agricultural Engineering.

All of the interviews were held online and Amy was given a 25-minute grilling from the judges.

“They asked some tough questions, such as ‘tell me about the time you had to overcome a challenge and the steps you took to overcome it.’ Both judges were very personable, and I took a lot from what they said during the interview.

“Situations Vacant is such a good competition for networking, as you never know who the judges are going to be on the day and you never know how they might help you in the future.”

Two experienced recruiters were involved in judging the national final. Karen Loveland, a senior consultant at Cameo Consultancy, is involved in recruiting positions at all levels, and Rachel Berns who runs her own HR consultancy business and has worked in HR for more than 14 years.

"We were very impressed with the high calibre of candidates. The interviews were outstanding. I interview people every day and I would love to work with you all individually as I could get you into jobs straight away,” said Karen who also reminded people to think carefully about how they can make their CV and covering letter stand out.

Rachel added: “It has been a pleasure to judge this competition because every single participant’s ability to communicate was exemplary and it was really enjoyable. Congratulations to the winner.”

It was the first year that the national final had been held online and the results were announced via a video on Facebook, which Amy watched at a BBQ with her family.

“We were all gathered round my phone at the BBQ watching the video,” laughed Amy. “I was completely shocked, and I don’t think it’s sunk in yet.”

Top tips from the judges:

  • Think about the whole process of applying for a role. Your CV and covering letter are just pieces of paper – what can you do to make them sing
  • Think about how you stand out from the crowd – you want to bring your skills and experiences to the forefront of your CV and make them stand out.
  • Highlight those skills in the covering letter as well.
  • Make sure the recruiter knows you’ve got what it takes to do the role and succeed and why they need to pick up the phone and get you in for an interview.


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