Represent Northumberland at Commonwealth agricultural event

If you are aged under 40 and have an interest in agriculture, you could travel to Australia, thanks to a Wooler-based farming society

Matthew Frater of Boulmer near Alnwick, who travelled to Zambia as a Glendale Society Next Generation candidate

A young person with an interest in farming or agriculture has the chance of a trip of a lifetime later this year.

Glendale Agricultural Society, as a member of the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth, is able to nominate an individual when the 26th Common Agricultural Conference returns to its roots in Australia.

The successful candidate will be Glendale’s Next Generation candidate.

Delegates will be looking at best practice in agriculture and agricultural show management.

The conference, which will take place at Brisbane Showground, will provide an in-depth look at the issues facing primary production in Queensland in the farming and agricultural industry, and the challenges and opportunities for agricultural shows.

The Princess Royal, president of the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth (RASC), will be in attendance.

Glendale’s successful candidate nominated to attend the conference must be under the age of 40, with an involvement in agriculture who also has 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.

Two years ago Matthew Frater, of Boulmer Hall Farm, Boulmer, Nor thumberland, attended the biennial conference in Zambia on behalf of Glendale Agricultural Society (GAS).

It was the first time GAS had been a part of the conference and nominated a Next Generation Candidate to attend.

Matthew said: “It truly was a fantastic networking opportunity and it demonstrated to me the diversity of the agricultural industry, and the opportunities it has for young people.

“The focus of the event was how to feed the world, and the staggering outcome I came back with was that the world requires 50% more food than we have available, and incredibly 40% of the food we do produce goes to waste. Educating the world about food and farming is crucial to improve on these statistics.

“I would urge any young person involved in the agriculture industry in the area to seize this opportunity from the GAS with both hands.It turned out to be an experience of a lifetime.”

Glendale can provide a £500 contribution for the chosen delegate, with the best candidate for the conference supported through the process of obtaining any necessary further funding.

Simon Orpwood from the GAS, and trustee of the Commonwealth Agricultural Society, said: “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.

“Anyone is welcome to apply, from a gamekeeper to a farm adviser. This is a career development opportunity not to be missed.”

Deadline for expressions of interest in the Next Generation candidate is Friday, June 20. Make contact via email to


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