Aled Jones - The role of agricultural societies and shows in promoting, developing and innovating the agricultural industry
Having been born and raised on the family’s 700-acre hill farm at Cwrt-y-Cadno, north Carmarthenshire, I have always been passionate about the agricultural industry and considered it my career of choice.
After completing my secondary education, I attended the University of Reading to study Land Management where I graduated with first class honours in 2007. Shortly afterwards, I joined a rural surveying practice where I undertook my professional examinations. In 2009, I qualified as Chartered Surveyor and was admitted as a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers.
After spending 6 years as a rural practice surveyor, I was appointed the Assistant Chief Executive of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society.
Despite my professional commitments, I have remained involved in the family farm where I gained most of my knowledge and practical experience of agriculture. The farm business centers on a flock of 1,100 early lambing ewes and a small herd of beef cattle.
Over the past 15 years, I have also been very active in the Young Farmers movement and I am past Chairman of my local club, Dyffryn Cothi YFC. I have had many highlights during my involvement with the YFC, culminating in being named Senior Member of the Year for the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs of England and Wales in 2012.
Prior to my appointment as Assistant Chief Executive, I was actively involved with the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, as a member of the Carmarthenshire Advisory Committee, the Board of Directors and Chairman of the recently launched Young Members' Forum.