Glendale delegates sought for Commonwealth Agricultural Conference to be held in Zambia

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How we feed our families, our countries and our world differs greatly across the Commonwealth.

The Glendale Agricultural Society has recently become a member of the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth (RASC). With this membership comes the amazing opportunity to nominate an individual from the area as a Next Generation Candidate to attend the 25th Commonwealth Agricultural Conference in Zambia.

The successful candidate will represent the Society as the “Next Generation” from September 23 to 27. They will get an in depth look at world farming, be able to participate in international discussions on agriculture, and get a real sense that they can help to feed the world! Also attending will be President of the RASC Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal.

The RASC Next Generation scheme looks for candidates under the age of 40 with an involvement in agriculture who also have the potential to contribute to the long term face of agriculture in the region, the country and the Commonwealth. During the conference, the RASC coordinates a separate Next Generation Forum where future leaders of the Commonwealth Agricultural Societies meet together, learn and discuss related issues.

This is the first time that the conference has been held in a developing country and the first time that someone in Glendale has had the opportunity to be nominated. As part of the RASC Next Generation, delegates will have the opportunity to develop their personal skills, learn more about the extreme and differing areas of the agricultural world and meet new and progressive individuals.

Claire Hodge who attended the 2010 conference when aged 25, was encouraged to attend by one of the trustees, she commented on the experience;

“It was absolutely amazing and a fantastic networking opportunity and it demonstrated to me the diversity of the agricultural industry and the opportunities it has for young people. I met so many people and now have great friends and industry contacts throughout the entire Commonwealth”.

Claire is now a Senior Buyer for Bramston Potatoes with her feet firmly in the agricultural industry.

Simon Orpwood from the Glendale Agricultural Society and Trustee of the Commonwealth Agricultural Society commented on what they would be looking for in a candidate;

“We are looking for a candidate with an abundance of enthusiasm and interest in the agricultural sector. The delegate will be interested in becoming a future leader with a commitment to the development of the industry and the United Kingdom. From a game keeper to a farm advisor this is an opportunity not to be missed.”

“If you are interested, do get in touch - this could be a wonderful chance for both your own development and your career”.

A scholarship is available to provide a £1000 contribution towards the chosen delegate and Simon says that the best candidate for the conference will be supported through the process of obtaining any necessary further funding.

Candidates are to be nominated by the end of this month so please express interest by contacting the Show Office by email at by Monday, April 23, at the latest.

For more information on the RASC Commonwealth Agricultural Conference look up