Aled Jones hails from a farming family in Wales, and is assistant chief executive of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society. He is currently overseas studying agricultural show organisations for a Nuffield Scholarship.
Aled Jones was born and raised on his family’s 280ha (700 acre) hill farm at Cwrt-y-Cadno, north Carmarthenshire, and has always been passionate about the agricultural industry and considered it his career of choice.
After studying Land Management at the University of Reading where he graduated with first class honours in 2007, he joined a rural surveying practice. In 2009, he qualified as chartered surveyor and was admitted as a Fellow of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers.
After spending six years as a rural practice surveyor, he was appointed the assistant chief executive of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society,
but still remains involved in the family farm. The farm business centres on a flock of 1,100 early lambing ewes and a small herd of beef cattle.
Over the past 15 years, he has been very active in the Young Farmers movement and is past Chairman of his local club, Dyffryn Cothi YFC. He won Senior Member of the Year for the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs of England and Wales in 2012.
Aled is currently overseas on a Nuffield Farming Scholarship, studying "The role of agricultural societies and shows in promoting, developing and innovating the agricultural industry".
Agricultural societies have played a leading role in the development of agriculture and the rural economy for over a century. Originally established to promote best practice among farmers in the breeding of livestock and crop production etc, today, their work covers a far greater spectrum of farming including providing support for business, social welfare and education in rural communities.
With agriculture going through a significant period of change at the moment, the challenge for agricultural societies is to evolve in pace with the industry and ensure that farming businesses become more profitable and competitive in the future.
His study is looking at the future direction of agricultural societies, investigating new technologies and identify ways in which they can champion innovation.
Aled has already visited many shows within the UK and embarked on an intensive agri-business tour of China in March. His current trip is to the USA to visit their state and county fairs. The origins of state fairs are very similar to our agricultural shows, with their primary purpose being to promote farming through competitive exhibitions of livestock etc., but modern state fairs have expanded to include a variety of entertainment and can attract up to a million visitors over a week or two.