National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

25 May 2022

A national awards ceremony to celebrate the achievements of rural young people will be held for the first time by The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs’ (NFYFC) and supported by headline sponsor Kärcher UK.

The awards ceremony for the YFC Achiever Awards 2022, will be held in Birmingham at the Motorcycle Museum on 11 February 2023, and will be compered by NFYFC’s President Nigel Owens MBE.

Due to the pandemic restrictions, the YFC Achiever Awards have only ever been held online. This will be the first year the organisation is able to reward people in-person at what promises to be a glittering occasion.

The awards, which were first launched in 2020, are a way of recognising and rewarding members of Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFCs) for the work they do in the community, for enterprising initiatives and for helping to develop other rural young people.

Top names from the farming industry are among the line-up of judges who will help to choose the 2022 winners.

Judges include farmer and BBC3’s The Fast and The Farmerish presenter Tom Pemberton, The Kenyan Pig Farmer Flavian Obiero and Johann Tasker, co-host of the Farmers Weekly podcast.

Ellen Helliwell, the shepherdess from hit Amazon Prime TV show Clarkson’s Farm and farmer and YouTube blogger Olly Harrison, will help to choose the Community Spirit award winners, in the category sponsored by Tama.

Ellen said: “I’m really excited to read about the clubs that have raised funds and supported communities, despite all the challenges we faced last year. I know how much YFC does for charity so awards like these are important for recognising those achievements. Good luck everyone – and get those nominations in!”

After the success of last year’s Farm Safety Award, The Farm Safety Foundation (Yellow Wellies) are sponsoring this year’s category to help promote YFC members who are leading the way on farm safety. Social media influencer and Devon young farmer Maria Warne won last year’s Farm Safety Award and will now be on the judging panel to choose this year’s top names.

Maria said: “It was amazing to win the Farm Safety Award last year and be recognised for my enthusiasm for promoting safe working practices on the farm. I am looking forward to being inspired by what other young farmers are doing to push this important issue as well as excited about being part of a panel that can reward people for their efforts.”

Enterprising young people will also be recognised in the Entrepreneur of the Year category, supported by KUHN. The judges will be looking for rural and farming initiatives that have been launched during the pandemic.

YFC members will also be rewarded for the leadership they show in their clubs and counties. Savills is supporting the Aspiring Rural Leader category and hopes to find examples of young rural people who are making their mark.

There is also an award where the winner is chosen by the YFC membership in an online poll. The Heart of YFC award, sponsored by headline sponsors Kärcher UK, is presented to the person that YFC members believes represents the true spirit of YFC.

Simon Keeping, Group Managing Director, UK & Ireland Kärcher UK Ltd, said:

"Farming in the UK, and with it, Young Farmers' Clubs, face challenging times ahead. Climate change, the impact of technology and new international trade deals all create opportunities but in turn put additional pressures on UK agriculture.

"At Kärcher we describe ourselves as 'Custodians of the brand' – it guides us in how we act and develop the business. Young Farmers are also custodians – custodians of the land, or more precisely the 69% of this country's land mass that is in agricultural production.

"It's a privilege for Kärcher to help celebrate success with YFC and to encourage young farmers to embrace their mantle of Custodians of the land."

NFYFC’s President Nigel Owens MBE is among the judging panel who will shortlist three of the nominees for the Heart of YFC Award for the wider membership to vote on.

Nigel Owens said:

“The YFC Achiever Awards are a positive acknowledgement of the great work that young people in rural communities are doing every day. From charity fundraisers to the commitment to improving the rural economy, we’re looking forward to seeing nominations for some very special people.

“The awards have grown in popularity in the last two years and it’s fantastic that we can finally host a special evening where everyone can be together to celebrate these achievements. Get your nominations in now if there’s someone you think is deserving of a YFC Achiever Award!”

The award categories are:

Nominations can be made online and entries must be submitted before the deadline of 31 July 2022.

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