Aled Jones from Dyffryn Cothi YFC, Carmarthenshire was recently given the opportunity to attend the Oxford Farming Conference, kindly sponsored by Marks & Spencer and in association with Wales YFC.
The annual Oxford Farming Conference, which was held from the 6th - 8th January, featured talks from leading agricultural experts who focused on where the opportunities for agriculture lie and the issue of how to fund these opportunities. Aled Jones attended the conference on behalf of Wales YFC and will report back to the organisation’s Rural Affairs Sub-Committee meeting on his experience later this month.
Having attended the conference, Aled Jones said;
“As a first time delegate and scholar at the Conference, I was very encouraged by the optimism and progressive thinking within our industry. I was inspired by both the high calibre speakers and indeed the grand, historic surroundings of Oxford University. It provided a magnificent backdrop against which we saw leading figures within the global agricultural industry give their views on the future of farming. It was interesting to see several reoccurring themes emerge, such as the importance of science and technology to improve our farming productivity, supporting young entrants and generational change together with an emphasis on performance benchmarking. Above all, farmers will increasingly need to understand the demands of the consumer and adapt their business to be more market focused in an environment of reducing financial support.”
Wales YFC are extremely grateful for the support from Marks & Spencer with this unique opportunity.