YORKSHIRE young farmers have voted unanimously to call for a vote of no confidence in the national body’s board of management.The proposal came at a packed executive committee meeting in Harrogate of the Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFYFC).
Last Thursday’s meeting (September 20th) had been called to get the grassroots’ membership’s feedback on the cancellation of next year’s annual convention in Blackpool by the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC)
The proposal was made after members voiced their anger that the first they had heard of the convention being axed was via the Farmers Guardian’s Facebook page.
“Finding out about the cancellation through social media was absolutely disgusting,” said one.
“National’s communication – or rather lack of it – has resulted in a massive feeling of resentment.”
Yorkshire chairperson Kirsty Searby praised members for not making a knee-jerk reaction after news broke of the convention’s cancellation when troublemakers at this year’s event hit the national headlines.
“I was really proud of how eloquently and considered our members discussed this matter,” said Kirsty. “Our members agreed that the convention format needs looking at – maybe going down the lines of a festival – but the anger came from the way the decision to cancel was made; with members left to learn about it second-hand via social media. There were also strong feelings about the way the whole Blackpool affair was handled; with negative stories coming out from national rather than telling the public about all the good that young farmers do.”
While they had their blood up, YFYFC voted to back two further proposals. The first was to undertake a feasibility study looking at the cost and other implications if a decision is made to break away – like Cheshire – from the national federation. They also criticised a current membership survey, claiming the questions had been asked in such a way that only positive answers can be given. A vote was taken to propose a new survey, which should ask open questions; more likely to bring frank and constructive ideas forward with the scope for making negative points as well.
Yorkshire YFC will put its three motions forward at the NFYFC council meeting, to be held in Warwickshire on Sunday, October 21st.
For further information contact:
YFYFC County Office on 01423 865 870, and they will put you in touch with one of the senior officers.