Emyr W Jones is married with three children. He is a Welsh speaker, born and brought up on the family farm Rhiwaedog, Rhosygwaliau hear Bala. The farm extends to 360 acres, with a further 200 acres of rented land, and carries a herd of 60 Pedigree Welsh Black Suckler Cows and 1200 breeding sheep.
He is a leading and enthusiastic member of the FUW, and was Merioneth County Chairman 19982000. He was elected to represent North Wales on the Union’s Central Finance and Organisation Committee in June 2000, was elected Vice President of the Union in 2002, Deputy President for eight years since 2003 before being elected as President in June 2011.
He is a prominent member of many organisations including the Welsh Mountain Sheep Society, the Welsh Black Cattle Society, and is a Director of the Meirionnydd County Show. He is a former Chairman of the Meirionnydd Grassland Society and has been a member since the society was founded 30 years ago. His contribution to agriculture was recognised when he became an Associate of the Royal Agricultural Societies, and thereafter received the honour of Fellow of the Royal Agricultural Societies in 2001.
Rhiwaedog has won several awards over the years, including awards by the Grassland Society, the Royal Welsh Show Farm Buildings Facilities Awards, and the Snowdonia National Park Society Farming and Landscape Award. The farm has hosted several farm visits over the years from various organisations and societies. The main achievement was in 2008 when the farm won the British Grassland Societies National Grassland and Management competition in Wales, and thereafter won the competition throughout the UK.
Emyr Jones also devotes a great deal of time to community life, being a former Chairman of his Community Council. He is active with his local show at Llangower and is also a Deacon of his local chapel. He is a hard working individual and is passionately committed to the principles on which the Farmers’ Union of Wales was established, and frequently speaks on behalf of the Union on radio and television.