UFU and YFCU climate competition

Monday, 7 September, 2020

About the competition:

The Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU), and the Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster (YFCU), has launched a new climate competition. Entrants are asked to produce a three-minute video promoting what they are doing or what they would like to do on their farm to tackle climate change. The focus is on greenhouse gas emissions on Northern Ireland (NI) farms.

The competition is open to all YFCU members and UFU next generation farmers.


Competition opens:

Monday 7 September 2020


Competition closes:

 Friday 16 October 2020



A £500 prize fund is up for grabs. The winner of both categories will feature in an edition of the Irish Farmers’ Journal supplement magazine, Irish Country Living and will also have the opportunity to share their ideas with international climate change policy makers at next year’s COP26 in Glasgow.

The shortlisted videos will be shared through YFCU and UFU websites, social media channels and forums helping to showcase the voice of young farmers who are taking action on climate change and advocating others to do the same. The winners will also be featured in the Irish Farmers Journal Irish Country Living publication.


Competition information:

To address climate change, the UK government has set a target of reaching net zero emissions by 2050.  For this competition we want you to share your ideas, or practical examples that you might already be using on your farm to help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, in a short video (three minutes max). You don’t need the final, polished solution, but we want to hear your thoughts on future GHG mitigation methods for any farming sectors or for machinery development.

There are two age categories– under 18s and over 18s.

The 18-40’s age group will be part of a UK-wide competition running alongside the National Farmers’ Union (NFU), National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs’ (NFYFC), NFU Scotland, Scottish YFC and NFU Cyrmu climate competitions. One winner will be crowned from each of the UK regions.


Some tips to help:

  • What are you doing already to reduce greenhouse gas emissions? It’s fine if you’re just at the start of your journey, you can share your plans, ideas or actions
  • Focus on greenhouse gas emissions not ammonia.
  • What more do you plan to do, or would you like to do?
  • What do you think is needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions? For a farm business, a rural community, a country or globally?
  • Other topics to consider include on-farm applications for carbon capture and storing, farm auditing, farm and energy efficiencies and renewable on-farm energy.
  • Use the links below to help provide you with more information


Further information:

More information on what farmers in NI are doing to tackle greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture can be found in the NI Greenhouse Gas Implementation Partnership reports here. 

Read how farmers across the UK are reducing emissions here.

The NFU in England have also published a useful booklet available here.

To view the UFU and YFCU's press release click here.


How to enter:

  1. Record a short (three minutes max) video outlining your ideas. Your video can be a collective effort if a few of you would like to contribute to one video or a single entry.
  2. Please complete the competition application form and send along with your video using WeTransfer to competitions@ufuhq.com.  
  3. The competition form can be downloaded by clicking here.

Please note: If you email your video entry and do not receive a reply, it means the UFU has not received your entry. 



A high-profile judging panel will select the winners and these will be announced in line with the other UK regions later this year.



By entering this competition, you give permission for the images to be used by the YFCU and UFU and other media outlets for marketing and promotional purposes.


Some top tips for shooting the perfect video:

  • Always take the video landscape rather than portrait.
  • Don’t zoom in on the camera – you as the person should move closer
  • Avoid filming in windy locations or busy farmyards, unless you have a microphone that you can attach to your device. If you do have a microphone attached, always check the clip after filming as mobile devices can pick up the microphone as headphones. This is always an opportunity to check sound, background noise and wind.
  • You can use your headphones as a microphone.
  • Always have the subject facing the light. The sun is one of the best light sources for a video. If you’re filming in natural light, do your best to get your footage in the morning or evening, when the light is softer as mid-day can cause shadows.
  • If possible, get a family member or friend to take the video, rather than taking a selfie.
  • Try to get livestock or the countryside/fields in the background, this looks much better to who is watching the video provides the audience with an insight into what commodity you farm and also prevents background noise.
  • You don't always have to be on camera/speaking to the camera, you can change this around every now and again to keep the audience interested.
  • Talk slowly and clearly – There is also the option to use subtitles.
  • Don't stand too close to the camera (around one metre).
  • Don't move the camera too fast whilst recording.
  • Ensure your video is three minutes.


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For more information contact senior policy officer Aileen Lawson: Aileen@ufuhq.com