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NFYFC Agriculture and Rural Issues (AGRI)

NFYFC’s Agriculture and Rural Issues (AGRI) department’s aim is to be the voice of rural and next generation farming members and provide innovative events, training, opportunities and resources for the YFC membership. The Federation was established for the purpose of advancing the education of its members and their knowledge of agriculture, rural issues and country life. It also aims to promote the agricultural and food industries as attractive and viable career choices.

‘YFC members enjoy today and we’ll look out for your tomorrow!’ This is what the NFYFC AGRI steering group is all about. The NFYFC AGRI steering group works with the AGRI member of staff Sarah Palmer -sarah.palmer@nfyfc.org.uk - and is involved in a wide variety of work which comprises relevant lobbying, partnership/industry work, negotiating an annual NFYFC Defra grant that facilitates developing and delivering events, training, and resources. In summary, AGRI aims to:

  • Give YFC members a national voice on industry-related matters, including considerations for a post-Bexit agricultural policy and to collaborate with industry organisations.
  • Promote the YFC profile for future support and funding opportunities.
  • Help promote food and farming education and careers.
  • Develop and provide training opportunities, resources, study tours and visits for YFC members.
  • Help promote farm safety.
  • Be available for advice and information to YFC members and staff.
  • Develop and host AGRI events and industry-related training.

NFYFC AGRI Newsletter

September 2019 Newsletter 

June 2019 Newsletter 

April 2019 Newsletter  

February 2019 Newsletter 

September 2018 Newsletter 

May 2018 Newsletter

March 2018 Newsletter

Who do we work with? 

The AGRI steering group has representation on, or works with, the following organisations/initiatives:

NFU    Back British Farming     TRIG      LEAF      CLA        CEJA      AgriSkills        AHDB       AHDB Education

Next Generation Forum       #Student Farmer          Defra           Lantra        LEAF Education      British Wool

Innovation for Agriculture   Henry Plumb Foundation     Worshipful Company of Farmers

See the AGRI Manifesto here and the AGRI position paper: Considerations for a future British Agricultural Policy.

Looking for industry training and events? Visit AHDB sector-specific events.

Get involved 

The Source has some fantastic advice about how clubs can incorporate agriculture and rural issues in their club programme. Click here for more information. 

LEAF Education (formerly FACE - Farming and Countryside Education) - has produced a special pack for YFCs with all the information you need to go into schools and create a buzz about farming!

Ensure your voice is heard and help shape the future of agriculture with this handy "How To Make A Difference" Guide, in association with the NFU. 

Social media is also a great way to promote your club and what your club is doing to champion British agriculture and the future of farming.

The NFYFC has also created a very handy AGRI Help / AGRI Library document to help your YFC as well as Brexit Made Simple and Local Enterprise Partnerships - Understanding local and regional sources of funding.

The Smart Farming Guide provides advice on business development from YFC competitions to running and growing your business.

CEJA and European News

Keep up to date with the European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA)  – Europe’s next generation of farmers.

You can follow all CEJA and European news by subscribing to the CEJA newsletter.

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