One of this year’s highlights was when radio and TV presenter Charlotte Smith was officially elected as NFYFC’s new President at the Annual General Meeting earlier this morning (Sunday April 23).
The election saw retiring president Poul Christensen pass the baton after a four-year long stint in presidency.
Lynsey Martin, representative of Kent YFC, said she had the ‘utmost pleasure’ in welcoming Charlotte into presidency but first wanted to reflect on Mr Christensen’s ‘uplifting’ NFYFC presence.
She thanked him for being ‘insightful, encouraging and incredibly supportive’.
Charlotte, who presents BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today programme and is also a regular presenter on BBC1’s Countryfile, is keen to raise awareness of the issues surrounding rural isolation and the impact this can have on young people.
She said: “NFYFC is an organisation I have always been really impressed with – especially as it teaches young people how to talk! Pretty much the youth service in rural Britain is YFCs.
“It is the local youth club for lots of people and it’s really important – especially for combating isolation issues.”
Charlotte will be joined at the event by five DJs from BBC Radio 1, including Young Farmers’ Ambassadors Scott Mills and Chris Stark.
Speaking at the handover, Mrs Smith admitted she had big shoes to fill but was hoping her term in presidency would teach her how to ‘survive on no sleep but still look as good as [you lot] do’.
“I am a complete imposter – what am I doing here?” she told Farmers Guardian.
“I am not a farmer and I am not young and I have never been a young farmer. But I was asked and I thought it would be fun, so here I am.
“At the moment particularly, whatever your views, young farmers will need to communicate those views with people who don’t understand farming, and I am hoping I can help with that.”
She encouraged young farmers to ‘get out there and get heard’.