Scottish Young Farmers brought another successful year to a close this week, as they welcomed a new top table to their association.
Despite a year of funding cuts, the Scottish Association of Young Farmers’ Clubs (SAYFC) outgoing chairman, Scott Wilson, said a continuous increase of membership and the re-establishment of clubs has meant the Association has finished its year on a high.
At the association’s AGM on Saturday April 23, 2016, Mr Wilson said: "It has been a privilege and honour to be your National Chairman over the last year.
"Through my travels across Scotland meeting our clubs and districts, and our fellow Young Farmers organisations across the five nations I have made lots of new friends and enjoyed some amazing experiences.
"I would like to wish all the new office bearers and the association all the very best for the future.”
Mr Wilson, 28, revealed that membership in the association had increased for the third consecutive year, highlighting how rural youth are continuing to benefit from the association via events, training, travel and wide social network.
Stepping in to the role of chairman is Stuart Jamieson, 29, from Ellon.
He said the focus for the next 12 months of SAYFC was going to be on training following a funding announcement from Cabinet Secretary, Richard Lochhead.
Mr Jamieson said: "The announcement of £30,000 funding by the Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead earlier this year will allow us to develop the training available to our members.
"Over the last three years we have been building on this area of the association and through this grant we are in a position to put additional training in place much sooner than anticipated.
"One of my aims for the year is to ensure we maximize this opportunity so that as many members as possible can benefit from the business and agricultural skills available.
“Our alumni ’Friends of Young Farmers’ will also be key this year as we encourage our past members, friends and family to sign up to invest in the future sustainability of SAYFC”
Mr Jamieson will be supported by the new national vice chairman Suzie Dunn, 24, of SSS YFC who also takes on the role of west chairman. The other regions will be headed up by Lynne Macarthur of Nairn JAC in the North and David Barclay of Bankfoot JAC in the East. Gemma Bruce of Udny JAC was newly elected as the International Chairman.
Sarah Allison of Lanark YFC takes on the role of Agri & Rural Affairs Chairman for a second year, whilst Duncan Morrison of Inveruire JAC takes on the newly introduced post of Agri and Rural Affairs Vice Chairman.