Posted 26 May 2017
During her first year at university, Aimee Smith from Stafford was awarded a Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society Scholarship, which has already helped her become secretary of her local young farmers’ club.
The 19 year old BSc (Hons) Agriculture student said: “Since 2013, I’ve been a very active member of Eccleshall Young Farmers.
“Last year, I was holding the role of sports captain alongside another club member. We would organise club practices; for example hockey and volleyball.
“I was awarded the Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society Scholarship due to the achievements I’ve gained through my involvement with Eccleshall Young Farmers.
“From receiving the scholarship, I’ve been given the opportunity to be secretary for my club. This role’s increased my employability by allowing me to improve a variety of key skills including communication, organisation and timekeeping.
“I also compete in a range of other competitions through the YFC, such as public speaking, raft races and my personal favourite; stock judging.
“I was lucky enough to compete recently at the English Winter Fair in Stafford, representing Staffordshire Young Farmers in the live and carcass competition, 2015. As a team we come away with three first placed awards.
“This year, I wish to stand for stock judging captain, I want to encourage new members to have a go at this competition and enjoy themselves. Stock judging cannot only improve a person's ability to judge stock, it also helps to improve their self-esteem and confidence, a good key skill which would be required in any job role.
“Not only do I enjoy the variety of competitions young farmers has to offer but I also thoroughly enjoy the fundraising we do as a club. Taking part in a range of events such as carol singing and the Eccleshall charity panto just after Christmas.”