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Glendale’s Next Generation in Zambia
2012-05-31

The Glendale Agricultural Society have announced details of the delegate selected to represent the Society at the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth Conference being held in Zambia in September this year.

(Left to Right) Michael Walton, President, Matthew Frater
and Nick Hargreaves, Chairman.

Michael Walton, Matthew Frater and Nick Hargreaves

Matthew Frater, of Boulmer Hall Farm near Alnwick, was selected from a number of applications, to attend the conference as a ‘Next Generation’ delegate. How we feed the world differs greatly across the Commonwealth, so Matthew will be able to learn first hand about international food production and agriculture.

The Glendale Agricultural Society, one of the smallest in the UK, is also renowned for being one of the most proactive and progressive. It prides itself on highlighting and addressing issues which affect agriculture and the community – and becoming a member of the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth (RASC) has enabled it to send a delegate to this international conference.

Their chosen delegate, 27 year old Matthew, has grown up immersed in the countryside and has always wanted to farm. A former pupil of The Duchess High School, Matthew attained a National Diploma in Countryside Management at Kirkley Hall, before going on to study at the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester where he gained a Diploma in Agriculture and Farm Management.

Following a number of years working on farms across Northumberland, Matthew has returned to his family’s 900 acre mixed farm at Boulmer, on hearing that he had been chosen Matthew commented on what he called an opportunity of a life time;

“I’m grateful to the Glendale Agricultural Society for presenting me with this opportunity – during the conference my aim is to learn more about the agricultural industry across the world and to meet liked minded people from across the Commonwealth. Areas of particular interest to me are welfare, costs and maximising farm resources. I will bring the knowledge that I gain back to Northumberland and where relevant put it into practice. And how could I visit Zambia without seeing the wildlife – especially the elephants”.

Nick Hargreaves, Chairman of the Glendale Agricultural Society is keen to reinforce the importance of this visit to the Society:

“This year the Glendale Agricultural Society is 120 years old and we really hope it will be around for another 120 – though I am sure the agricultural industry will have vastly changed in that time. In our selection we were looking for someone who was progressive and forward thinking – not just thinking about agriculture for this generation, but for the generations to come.”

“The Society wish Matthew all the best on his trip to Zambia. It is a great opportunity for a young farmer who is not only representing The Glendale Agricultural Society but who will also bring home an invaluable wealth of new knowledge and worldwide connections”.

Matthew received a US $1000 scholarship from the RASC and £500 from the Glendale Agricultural Society toward the conference. The Glendale Agricultural Society are currently looking to secure further funding to cover some of the trip costs. 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.

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.

For details on how to join the Glendale Agricultural Society contact 01668 283 868 or email info@glendaleshow.com. Further information can be found on www.glendaleshow.com.

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