RABI regional manager for North Wales, Dewi Parry was recently awarded the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society’s Oxford Farming Conference Bursary at the official opening of Royal Welsh Winter Fair.
Every year the RWAS bursary enables a young person to attend the prestigious conference, which this year is being held 4 – 6 January, back in Oxford after a hiatus due to COVID.
Dewi was nominated for this national award by Clwyd County Advisory Committee, who commended his ability to think objectively, reflectively and creatively. Their entry praised Dewi’s ability to ‘challenge and scrutinize everything. He’s open-minded and won’t leave a question unasked. Clwyd have known for some time that Dewi is only interested in solutions, he’s exactly the sort of person that needs to be at OFC23.’
The RWAS’s panel of judges chose to award Dewi the bursary ahead of candidates nominated by the other counties in Wales after they all went through an interview process where they were asked questions around the future of farming, which is the focus of this year’s OFC.
When asked what he is most looking forward to experiencing during the conference, Dewi responded, “I’m hoping to learn about what farming in the future looks like, and whether this alternative way forwards that the conference will try to illustrate leaves a place for the smaller family farms which I believe need protecting.
“The conference will focus on biodiversity, climate, food security and the energy crisis, all important issues… but I want to make sure the societal value, the human value, of farming is remembered and respected,” says Dewi.
Kim Claxton, RABI’s national volunteer manager believes the reasons Dewi won the award is for the same qualities that RABI saw when he was interviewed for the regional manager role.
“In addition to his ability to be objective, reflective and creative, Dewi is also committed to British farming and has a very keen and inquisitive mind to seek out opportunities that will support our work at the RABI,” says Kim.
“It is particularly pertinent that he was nominated by his local community which speaks volumes about his credibility and the support he has, and the value he offers to the farming community.”
We look forward to hearing Dewi’s feedback from the conference in January.