Taff Hughes - who is originally from Llannor near Pwllheli but now lives in Ellinwood, Kansas - was an engineering student at the college, before he emigrated to the United States of America as a young man to work on some of the country's largest farms.
Taff is now the owner of one of the largest harvesting contracting companies in the country, employing tens of workers. His company 'Hughes Harvesting', harvests various crops across a huge geographical area: from Texas all the way up to North Dakota!
The company owns some of the most sophisticated harvesting machines on the market which work in fields approximately one square mile in size, harvesting crops such as corn, maize and soya.
During the visit, Taff informed college students that his company will soon be offering a new scheme for students and former students of the college, where they could get the opportunity to go over to the USA and work with the company for a season. The exciting scheme will launch in March 2023.
Rhodri Manod Roberts, head of Coleg Glynllifon Farm, said: “It was a privilege to welcome Taff Hughes to the college. Listening to him share his experiences with Glynllifon's agriculture and engineering students was a real pleasure; our students were really captivated by his story. This is a lad from Lannor who went to America as a young man, and succeeded in growing one of the most successful contracting companies in the country.”
Rhodri added: “Being able to hear about the resounding successes of some of our former students like this is very important to us as a college, and clearly demonstrates to our current students that anything is possible with tenacity and hard work."
“What is being offered by Hughes Harvesting is really exciting. Making this kind of offer is no small thing. Thank you Taff, I hope that we can continue to work together for many years to come."
Taff Hughes from Hughes Harvesting said: “I will forever be grateful to Coleg Glynllifon. Without the foundations laid here almost 40 years ago now, I am certain that my life would not have followed the same path. As a young man, I went on one big adventure to America, fell in love with the country and the people, and got to work in the land-based engineering field before starting my own business.
“Creating links with Wales is very important to me. My family continues to live in the area where I grew up, and it is now time for me to offer something back to that community, and especially to the college.
“That is why the Hughes Harvesting company is offering a new befriending scheme in partnership with the college, affording students the opportunity to come and work with the company for a term in America. We will train the students to use harvesting machines and give them the opportunity to work on various farms all over the country. This is a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in this field…so I urge students to grab the opportunity with both hands!"
For more details, please feel free to contact the college, or the Hughes Harvesting company directly at firstname.lastname@example.org