Royal Welsh Agricultural Society’s Oxford Farming Conference Bursary awarded young professional from Carmarthenshire

14 November 2017

Judges from the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society have awarded Mr Rhys Richards, from Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire with the opportunity to attend the Oxford Farming Conference next January.

“All six of the candidates put forward by the counties this year were of a very high calibre and impressed us with a huge amount of enthusiasm and dedication towards the agricultural sector.” remarked the judges, Menna Evans and Abigail Reader. 

“Our final decision was very difficult, but we were both in full agreement that Rhys showed a real commitment and passion towards his business, the industry and the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, along with a true appetite to attend and learn at the conference.”

“The mission of the Oxford Farming Conference is to 'Inform, Challenge and Inspire' and we are certain Rhys will embrace this opportunity and be able to further his involvement in shaping the future of Welsh agriculture as a result.”

The Oxford Farming Conference, held annually in early January, has established a reputation for strong debate and exceptional speakers. The conference is one of the most important events of its kind bringing together farmers, politicians, scientists and others to discuss the future development of the agricultural industry. To grow and prosper, UK agriculture needs to question its approach and its thinking. With this in mind, the theme for the 2018 Oxford Farming Conference is Embracing Change – where attendees and speakers will tackle difficult topics, such as addressing behavioural changes needed within family businesses and how digital disruption could step-change British farming into a new realm of possibilities.

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

Rhys will be invited to write an article for the 2018 Royal Welsh Journal and will be presented with his bursary on Monday 27 November at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair.