Royal Welsh Bursary winners

18 November 2013

The candidates for the 2014 Royal Welsh Agricultural Society’s Oxford Farming Conference Bursary were so impressive that the judges have broken with tradition by giving the award to two people instead of one.

“Seven candidates came forward for selection and all were worthy of going to Oxford,” said the judges in their report.  “Our final selection was very difficult and our decision was that two of them should receive the bursary this time.

“We were very impressed with the vision all had for their careers and the future of their businesses.  They also had clear views for the future direction of Welsh agriculture and the countryside and their enthusiasm and drive were very apparent.”

The winners were Miss Meinir Jones of Capel Isaac, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, and Llion Davies of Beulah, Castell Newydd Emlyn, Ceredigion.

The Oxford Conference, held annually in January, is one of the most important of its kind bringing together farmers, politicians, scientists and others to discuss the future development of the agricultural industry.  The 2014 conference speakers will include Dacian Ciolos the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, who opened the 2012 Royal Welsh Show.

To qualify for the award candidates must be between 25 and 35 years old and working in a land-based industry.  Students and those who have received a Royal Welsh scholarship or any other student awards given in the last three years are ineligible.

The winners will each be invited to write an article for the 2014 Royal Welsh Journal and they will be presented with their awards on the opening day of the Royal Welsh Winter Fair, Monday December 2.