National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

Industry activities

Organising talks and informative presentations for your club doesn’t have to be difficult now we’re all at home – online platforms have made it easier than ever for speakers to give talks without having to travel. NFYFC has worked with partner organisations to gather a list of speakers that club officers can book for a presentation on Zoom for their club. We’ll be adding to this list all the time, so keep checking back for more.

Industry talks 

SAI Global 

SAI Global recently worked with NFYFC to produce a Farm Assurance podcast which is available for members to listen to here.

If your club would like to invite someone from SAI Global to give an informal presentation to your club, host a discussion or Q&A, contact Rowena Curtis at SAI Global. 

Kuhn Farm Machinery 

You can request an informal presentation and Q&A from Kuhn Farm Machinery by contacting Kate Hughes. Get your YFC members connected online for a great evening of information and chat.

British Wool  

Want to know more about British Wool-its variety of work, training, grading, processing and marketing? British Wool board members have kindly offered to talk virtually to any clubs in their region:

Bob Blanden; English Southern Board Member

John Davies; Welsh Southern Board Member

Kate Drury; English Central Board Member Elect (in post from 1 April).

The regional secretaries are happy to liaise with YFCs and arrange a date for a virtual talk:

Contact Alison Gould for England. 

Contact Sasha Ashton for Wales. 

Food Standards Agency’s National Food Crime Unit

If you’d like to hear about the work of the Food Standards Agency’s National Food Crime Unit as well as helping  tackle rural crime and livestock theft, this presentation and talk is perfect for your YFC or county online meeting.

Alex Yates, the National Crime Unit’s Senior Prevention and Relationship Management Officer will be pleased to take club or county requests for presentations and discussions.

Contact: Alex Yates to request a presentation or liaise with Sarah Palmer at NFYFC.

Ladies in Pigs

Ladies in Pigs are happy to give online talks to clubs to discuss the opportunities to volunteer with them or just explain more about what they do to promote British Red Tractor Pork. They are also willing to follow up with cookery demos with clubs when restrictions allow.

Contact Ladies in Pigs and visit the Ladies in Pigs website for more information.

Wynnstay Calf and Youngstock Team

Wynnstay Calf and Youngstock team would like to offer educational and interactive online sessions to YFC groups. Their area of expertise is early life nutrition and management in calves and lambs. They can cater for different levels of current knowledge and make it fun for all. You pick the topic or area of interest and they promise to sort the rest. Contact Sammy Howorth on 07810 444948.

Tom Martin/Farmer Tom

Cambridgeshire farmer Tom is the founder of Farmer Time (which connects farmers with schoolchildren) and he is passionate about local food. Tom is happy to be contacted about giving a virtual talk to YFCs.  Email Tom here. 

Abi Reader 

Abi is a Welsh dairy farmer who actively promotes farmlife and farming issues. Abi is Chair of the NFU Cymru Milk Board, Chair CHeCS and CoFounder of #CowsOnTour.  Abi is happy to be contacted to give a virtual talk to clubs or counties. Contact Abi here.  

Kelly Chandler Consulting

Kelly is a wedding venue consultant, trainer and expert speaker who supports rural businesses and farming families with diversification into the wedding and events sector.  She is passionate about sharing knowledge and helping farming businesses know and understand what it could entail for them.  To arrange a club talk, contact Kelly here or call 01483 282858. 

Forthcoming AGRI events

International Cheese and Dairy event – 21-24 October.

YFC members looking for a way to showcase their rural food business have the opportunity to do so at the newly-located International Cheese and Dairy event in October (it has recently been moved from a July event). See more information here. 

Organisers are working with NFYFC to make sure that young farmers and next generation food producers are part of this new event.  With a field to fork theme, the organisers look forward to shining a spotlight on emerging young farmer businesses.  If you have an emerging food enterprise you could be joining celebrity chefs, top retailers and food traders to network and do business whilst flying the flag for British produce and YFC.

 

Agri activities for clubs and individuals

Supporting your community

Host a club meeting to discuss ways your YFC can support your local community to ensure it thrives in the future. The Princes Countryside Fund has created a book based on the lived experience of rural residents from all across the UK, to help communities to tackle a multitude of issues. You can download the PCF Village Survival Guide here to use as part of your discussions. 

Rural housing

If you or your members are concerned about affordable rural housing in your area, why not check out the YFC Affordable Rural Housing Guide that was created with English Rural. Hold a discussion evening to chat about the issues and the opportunities. See the guide here. 

Business and tenancy advice

Last year, NFYFC recorded a podcast with Savills to offer business and tenancy advice to young farmers. There’s a presentation available as well as the podcast. Your club could have an evening listening to the podcast and discussing it afterwards.  Find out more here.

Succession discussion

Why not hold a succession discussion online for those from your YFC that want to talk about succession planning in family businesses? You could play NFYFC's short succession video first (video below) and download the guide available (here) on the NFYFC website. There's also a Curve module focused on succession called Ready and Resilient (see video preview here) that can be delivered during a club session when we're able to meet again. 


Show time

Although many shows are cancelled or postponed at the moment, they will still be busy planning for the future and your YFC may be able to offer support. The Association of Show and Agricultural Organisations (ASAO) represents the UK’s many agricultural, horticultural, equine and countryside events. Run by ‘Show’ people, with years of experience in the field, its members benefit from unrivalled advice on everything from legislation, health and safety, operations, marketing and best practice. You can find links to a show society within your county and if you haven’t already, get involved and find out the many ways you could form a new partnership or contribute for mutual benefit.

Prepare for showing 

For younger members who would like to prepare for future shows, you can start brushing up your skills with NFYFC and RBST’s Showing Guide here.  

Hold a business development competition 

You can’t start good business practice too young! So make sure you include the basic business principles in your YFC farm or rural business competitions. Set an appropriate task to suit all age groups using a competition template, help and advice on the Smart Farming Guide

AGRI webinars

A few County Federations’ are already running successful county AGRI programmes and hosting webinars to encourage discussion on food and farming.

You can start an AGRI programme of events with a guest industry speaker and invite everyone to join in on Zoom.  Pick a topic, have time for Q&A and if successful, start scheduling more speakers every few weeks. 

If you need ideas, contacts or help setting up, contact Sarah Palmer.

LEAF Education Farmer Time

Farmer Time is an initiative to link farmers and classrooms through fortnightly video calls to help bring the countryside to life.

Children regularly chat live to their matched farmer from their classrooms through FaceTime or Skype, discuss ideas, ask questions, share knowledge and gain a ‘real-time’ understanding of the issues farmers face every day.

Find out more about the initiative and how to get involved here.

Countryside Classroom

There are loads of fun countryside activities to do at home that anyone can download from the Countryside Classroom. There are lots of materials and resources for teachers but they can be used for home school too.

NFYFC also created a Future Farming pack with LEAF that’s available for YFCs to use in schools (when restrictions allow). It tells the story of food and farming with a range of career options to help Year 9 pupils who could be your future YFC members!

While visiting schools during the pandemic is not an option currently, there’s nothing to stop your YFC planning for future activity. It’s a great way to build local links, promote food and farming – and of course YFC. When you advertise what you do, there’s a whole range of future members out there who’ll be glad to join in with YFC online activities and be future members of YFCs.

Download a handy guide for YFCs that was produced in association with LEAF Education and Countryside Classroom to get you started.


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