NFYFC launches videos explaining farm assurance
Young farmers looking to weigh up the advantages of farm assurance schemes now have a plethora of resources at their disposal, thanks to a video series developed by the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (NFYFC).
Produced in partnership with auditor SAI Global, the six videos have gained the support of Defra and feature young farmers and YFC members sharing their experiences of agri-food assurance schemes and explaining their benefits.
SAI Global assurance relationship manager Robin Levin said: “Assurance is a form of risk assessment, and farm standards are designed to mitigate risk, so that food is safe for consumers.”
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The resource, which is available through the NFYFC website and YouTube channel, promotes how important business and environmental skills will be for farm businesses in the future.
The video series touches on topics such as traceability and animal welfare, as well as food hygiene, worker welfare and the environment.
YFC Agri chairwoman Charlotte Garbutt said: “This video resource will help young farmers understand the importance of farm assurance schemes when running a farming business.
“It helps farmers keep to the standards set by the government and provides the necessary paperwork we need to be more efficient.
“This support is useful as young farmers adapt to the new Environmental Land Management schemes. We’re pleased with the result of this collaborative project providing a new resource to help YFC members improve their business and environmental skills.”
To watch the videos, go to nfyfc.org.uk/farmassurance
Survey aims to gauge needed skills
The NFYFC is calling for young farmers to join a survey which aims to reveal the skills and training needed to help young people forge a career in the agricultural industries.
The “Route to Success” survey is backed by Lantra and Defra, and is open to young people working or studying in the rural sphere.
YFC Agri chairwoman Charlotte Garbutt said: “This survey will give young farmers an opportunity to share their experience and understanding of emerging policy aims and views concerning their rural future.
“It’s important to ensure that the correct skills and training opportunities are available, to make careers attractive and businesses viable.”
The results of the study will be shared with both Lantra and Defra, and will be used to guide future agricultural policy and training opportunities.
The survey should be completed by 31 January, and all completed applications will be entered into a prize draw to win a pair of Redback boots.
To take part in the survey, visit surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BTYQQ9W