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AGM 2016 - Young Farmers' pass motion to increase national levy by 3%

With a continuing deficit within the National Federation of Young Farmers’, a motion was passed to increase membership fees by 3 per cent per member for the coming year.

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NFYFC members will see their membership fees increased by 3 per cent for the coming financial year.

 

At the 84th annual general meeting of NFYFC, held at this weekend’s annual convention, members passionately proposed the slight increase in levy in order to help towards the continuing financial black hole.

 

Sam Dilcock, Yorkshire YFC and chairman of the AGRI forum, proposed the motion, describing the federation as an ’awesome and powerful machine’.

 

He said: "To get the power from this machine to the ground, we need a drive train, and this is our staff.

 

Machine

 

"These are the people behind closed doors who complete the work we do not see, and sometimes I feel we do not full appreciate these people.

 

"These are truly the sprockets, shafts and belts which transfer the drive of the machine to the ground.

 

"However, all gear boxes need oil within them and unfortunately, that’s money.

 

"Money is the one thing which keeps the gears turning, and if we do not put oil in the gear box it will seize up and will cease to turn.`

 

Increase

 

Mr Dilcock went on to explain how a rise of three per cent is relatively insignificant, coming to no more than 46p per member.

 

Using the current membership figures will equate to approximately £9,560.44 extra income to the federation.

 

However, it was said this figure probably only covers about 30 per cent of the final deficit the federation has to deplete.

 

The motion was seconded by Freddy Horwood, Somerset YFC, who later went on to win the Sydney Fawcett trophy for the member making the best contribution to the proceedings of the Annual General Meeting.

 

Mr Horwood said the key to the federation was ’safety in numbers’, and that an increase of membership figures would help the defecit, as well as this slight increase in levy.

 

Against

 

Matthew Jones, Shropshire YFC stood up to the podium to make a stand against increasing the levy, stating ordinary members do not receive enough from their membership.

 

After a return from Sam Dilcock in response to the opposition, stating ’ignorance is blind’, members voted, and the motion was passed by a majority.

 

Mr Dilcock said: "If we keep denying national what it needs to function then none of us will be here."

 

Poul Christensen, who was re-elected as president of NFYFC for a fourth year, congratulated the exchange between the proposing and opposing members who showed passion and care for their federation.

 

 


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