Royal Welsh Bursary winners

27 November 2014

For the second year running the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society’s Oxford Farming Conference Bursary has been awarded to two candidates.

The winners are Mr Sion T Williams of Llansawel, Llandeilo, Carmarthen and Mr Rhys D Lougher of Pyle, Bridgend

“There were six candidates for the award this year and we were very impressed with all of their enthusiasm and their confidence in the future of Welsh agriculture” remarked the judges, Llewellyn Evans and John Thomas, in their report.  “All six of the individuals impressed us with their capabilities and commitment to their local communities and beyond. It was a difficult decision, but the bursary has been awarded to two excellent and very worthy candidates.”

The Oxford Conference, held annually in early 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 2015 conference speakers will include the Rt. Hon. Elizabeth Truss, Defra Secretary of State, who visited the Royal Welsh Show for the first time this year

To qualify for the award candidates must be between 25 and 35 years old and working in a land-based industry. 

The winners will each be invited to write an article for the 2015 Royal Welsh Journal and they will be presented with their awards on Monday 1 December at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair.