Berkshire Young Farmers' Club

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National Presidents Message 2016

Dear members,

Throughout my time as president, Margaret and I have visited many YFC events
and clubs and seen first-hand the immense amount of work that is done to
support your communities and your Federation. Through fundraising for local
charities, supporting each other through difficult times, to building stronger clubs
together, you are an inspiration and I am delighted to represent the National
Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs. On one of these occasions, I had the honour
of speaking in Ripon Cathedral regarding Young Farmers’ Clubs and the positive
contribution you make to rural areas. I made my speech from the High Alter-not
my territory at all. The Bishop and many other leading clerics were present in the
audience along with the town Mayor. There are many challenges associated with
living and working in rural areas, which I spoke about, however I was keen to
promote that YFC are very proactive in fighting back, addressing these challenges
and rising above them. You are a credit to yourselves with the amount of work
you do to support young people living in rural areas. This has been evident in
recent months, when we have seen many sectors of the agricultural industry
suffering from lowering prices. YFC members have been at the forefront in
attending meetings, and ensuring the voice of young people is heard at the table.
I have no doubt that members will turn these challenges into opportunities and
continue to progress. Last year I was invited to attend the Royal Cornwall Show
and on doing so, was blown away by the quality of the YFC stand and the
welcome that I received from YFC members. It is a great pleasure to see such
enthusiastic, and proactive young people representing YFC and enjoying the
many opportunities it has to offer. I am sure that you are all looking forward to
the rallies you have planned and taking part in the many YFC summer activities.
Margaret and I look forward to meeting many of you at these events as well as
the Annual Convention and wish you every success in your endeavours.

Poul Christensen

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