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Farming recognised in Queen's birthday honours

Farming chiefs from throughout the UK have been recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours list as the monarch celebrates her 90th birthday.

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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.

 

Genetics

 

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.

 

Education

 

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."

 

Click here to view the full list of honours

 


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Honours

  • Patrick Denis Edgington MBE - For services to agriculture and the community in Pembrokeshire.
  • David Clarke Willis MBE - Chief executive, Anglia Farmers Group. For services to agriculture and rural communities in East Anglia.
  • Jeremy George Skipper MBE - Lately chairman of trustees, Rutland Agricultural Society. For services to agriculture in the East Midlands.
  • Philippa Woods CBE - Chair, Family Farmers Association. For services to family farming and the rural community.
  • Dame Caroline Dean - Project leader, cell and developmental biology, John Innes Centre. For services to plant science research and women in science.
  • David Owen Jones, medal - Post Master, Felinfach, Ceredigion. For services to the community in rural West Wales.
  • Carol Cotterill, medal - Police support volunteer, Warwickshire Police. For services to rural crime reduction.
  • Thomas Walter Karas MBE - Lecturer, forestry and senior warden, Scotland’s Rural College (Barony Campus). For services to rural education in Scotland.
  • Janet Hickinbottom MBE - National education officer, Farming and Countryside Education. For services to farming, countryside education and rural communities.
  • Sarah Frances Byford MBE - For voluntary services to Grassland Societies and rural communities.
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