Rural England Stakeholder – National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC)

The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) is one of the largest rural youth organisations in the UK dedicated to young people who have a love for agriculture and rural life.

Led by young people, for young people, Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFC) provide their 25,000 members aged 10 to 26 with a unique opportunity to develop skills, work with their local communities, travel abroad, take part in a varied competitions programme and enjoy a dynamic social life.  Young Farmers Clubs provide an opportunity for young people to develop, to learn and to enjoy themselves by offering a diverse, fun and educational programme of activities planned by members, for members.

Each Club is supported by a County Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs, and affiliated to the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC).

The NFYFC aims to be the voice of the UK’s rural youth and the next generation of farmers. 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 agriculture as an attractive and viable career choice.

The NFYFC have produced an agricultural manifesto which highlights the main concerns for the NFYFC organisation from a youth and rural perspective. This includes:

·         Rural isolation – (see NFYFC Rural + campaign)
·         Rural youth services
·         Affordable rural housing
·         Skills and training/careers in agriculture and food industries
·         Support for rural business start-up
·         Farm to Fork Education
·         Broadband and communications availability and quality in rural areas

A copy of this manifesto can be downloaded here