Motions on increasing subscription prices and whether pubs were an appropriate meeting place were to be discussed at May’s AGM
Young Farmers could be facing a 50 per cent hike in their national subscription fees, alongside a ban on holding business meetings in pubs.
A motion has been tabled for the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs’ (NFYFC) annual general meeting to suggest subscriptions should rise by 50 per cent. Based on last year’s numbers, this would equate to a rise of £8.96 per member for September 2019 to August 2020.
NFYFC will also debate whether pubs were an ‘appropriate space’ for YFC business meetings.
The motion from the council will allow discussion about where club meetings were held and if they were appropriate places for members aged 10 and upwards.
Members talking to Farmers Guardian were asking why it was such a big increase, particularly in the light of losing the annual convention, and what they were getting for their money.
In many places, pubs were also the most convenient places to meet and, with costs increasingly under pressure, members asked why their clubs should have to pay rent to use facilities such as village halls when a landlord would allow them use of a room at a pub for free.
It was also an opportunity to interact with the public and attract new members, as well as supporting a local business.
Katie Hall, NFYFC Chairlady of NFYFC Council, said: "As part of its democratic process, the NFYFC’s Council discussed and agreed motions to be debated at the forthcoming AGM.
“The two motions which are being brought to the meeting on 12 May are currently being discussed by all of the clubs across England and Wales and any amendments to the motions can be submitted up to 3 April at 12 noon.
“All club members have the opportunity to come to the AGM, debate the motions on the day and come to a democratic conclusion through a vote.
“I hope that all YFC members join in with the discussions and use their well-practised debating skills to have constructive and well informed conversations about these two motions. I look forward to hearing their thoughts on 12 May.”