New resource pack encourages young farmers to protect the environment

Fun resources encouraging a reduction in avoidable waste are now live on the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Club (NFYFC) website, thanks to a joint initiative with the Environment Agency.

Activity sheets, quizzes and general guidance produced by the plastics and sustainability team are just some of the materials available to download from the ‘YFC At Home’ pages at www.nfyfc.org.uk

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

The agricultural industry is just one sector the team is engaging with as part of the Interreg Preventing Plastic Pollution programme, which identifies and targets plastics hotspots from river to sea. The team is also working with the education, business, community, sport and fishing sectors.

Environment Agency project officer Claire Horrocks said: “Working with the NFYFC is a great way to reach young people. Those working in agriculture and related industries have such an important role to play in protecting our environment. We hope these resources will be a fun and inspiring way to help YFC members to think about the plastic they use and the responsibility we all have to reduce unnecessary plastic use and manage our waste properly.”

NFYFC chairman Rachel Goldie said: “We are really excited to be launching these resources for our members with the support of the Environment Agency. Young Farmers’ Clubs are eager to do all they can to help combat climate change and these fun activities will help our members work together to make proactive changes in their local rural communities and on farms to prevent plastic pollution.”  

Outside of its regulatory work, the Environment Agency is an influencer with ambitions to promote better environmental practices that result in a reduction of plastic waste, helping to achieve the goals and commitments outlined in its five year plan to create better places for people, wildlife and the environment, and the government’s 25 Year Environment Plan.

To find out more about plastics and sustainability work with the agricultural industry and other sectors, email plasticsandsustainbility@environment-agency.gov.uk. 

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John Swire - Deputy editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.