Farming stalwarts from the UK were honoured this weekend in the Queen’s birthday honours list.
From Wales, honours included an MBE for Sarah Frances Byford, a former lecturer at the Usk College of Agriculture, Monmouthshire, for her services to grassland societies and rural communities.
Also receiving the MBE is Patrick Denis Edgington, of Haverfordwest, a former Pembrokeshire NFU county secretary, for services to agriculture and rural community through his wider role with NFU Cymru.
A Norfolk plant scientist has been made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her work in understanding genetic regulation and for her commitment to advancing careers for women working in science.
On being made a Dame of the British Empire, Professor Caroline Dean said: “It is amazing what curiosity can achieve!
"I am honoured to have been made a Dame and I hope this recognition helps to inspire girls and female scientists at whatever stage in their education or careers to follow their curiosity and do what inspires them the most.”
Chief executive of the Anglia Farmers Group, David Willis received an MBE for services to agriculture and rural communities in East Anglia, while Philippa Woods, chairman of the Family Farmers Association was awarded a CBE for her services to family farming in the rural community.
Other educational chiefs to be honoured include an MBE for Thomas Karas, lecturer of forestry at Scotland’s Rural College (SRU) for his services to rural education in Scotland, and Janet Hickinbottom, national education officer for farming and countryside education.
Congratulating Mr Karas on his honour, Janet Swadling, Acting Principal and Chief Executive of SRUC said: “The award is a richly deserved recognition of his work as a Lecturer in Forestry, and as Senior Warden at our Barony Campus.
"It especially recognises the valuable extra-curricular activities in which he is involved, and the way in which this enhances the student experience."