Welsh farming leader Glyn Roberts will be honoured by the Gorsedd of Bards at this year’s National Eisteddfod.

The Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW) president will be recognised alongside Welsh rugby legends Jonathan Davies and Ken Owens, Anglesey comedian Tudur Owen and Ceredigion harpist Catrin Finch.

“This is a great honour, not just for myself, but for the recognition it gives to the importance of agriculture to Wales,” said Glyn. “Farming is the backbone of a thriving rural countryside and the communities that live in it.

I know that I will never be rich in material terms, but I do believe in the true values of hard work and doing whatever I can to make sure our traditional way of life continues to thrive.

Glyn, who farms at Ysbyty Ifan Betws y Coed, started his farming career as a shepherd, after studying at Glynllifon College of Agriculture.

He has been president of the Farmers’ Union of Wales since 2015, and passionately believes in the importance of farming in rural Wales.

As a beef and sheep farmer in North Wales, Glyn has a deep understanding of the importance of agriculture to the Welsh economy and the need to farm sustainably and profitably.

He has played a vital role in discussions with senior politicians especially during the Brexit negotiations, putting forward proposals at the highest level with the objective of minimising the disruption and economic damage to agriculture and other industries after leaving the EU.

Before his role as FUW President, Roberts was also a non-executive director on the Board of Hybu Cig Cymru and was chairman of the Eryri Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs and President between 1989-1990.

The Gorsedd ceremonies will take place in August at the National Eisteddfod in Dyffryn Conwy.