Two young farmers have been announced as winners of the first round of the NFYFC Climate Challenge, which asked young farmers to record a short video sharing actions and ideas that could help the industry reach its ambition of net zero by 2040.
The competition was organised by The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC), the NFU and Championing the Farmed Environment (CFE), and was supported by Defra.
William Whittall from Herefordshire has been named the winner of the under 18s category, and Elliot Cole from Devon won the over 18s category.
William highlighted how his 200-acre family farm was focusing on staying local and using the resources at its disposal.
William Whittall's winning video for the under 18s category.
Elliot showcased a range of ideas on his family’s poultry and beef farm is implementing to make their business more sustainable, from closed-loop farming to renewable and bioenergy production.
Elliot Cole's winning video for the over 18s category.
NFU climate change adviser Ceris Jones, and Laura Harpham the CFE’s project co-ordinator were both involved in judging the competition. They said: “We really liked how Elliot used what was happening on his farm across all three net zero pillars to bring the NFU’s ambition to life to inspire others. He showed an insightful understanding of the importance of encouraging farming neighbours and the wider industry to take action.
“We also thought it was great how William not only identified the carbon benefits of what’s already happening in the family business, but was also looking to the future both on and off the farm.”
NFU Deputy President Stuart Roberts, who chairs the NFU’s net zero steering group, also congratulated the two winners on their entries. He said: “It’s fantastic to have two young people seize our net zero challenge as they’re the generation who’ll face the greatest climate challenge.”