One of the key organisers of the forthcoming Year of Food and Farming has been honoured in the New Year Honours List.

Bill Graham, head of education at Farming and Countryside Education, was awarded an OBE for services to education and farming.

Farmers in the list include Terrig Morgan, former chairman of the NFU’s milk committee, and Michael Seals, chairman of the National Fallen Stock Company.

Mr Morgan was awarded an MBE for services to the dairy industry, while Mr Seals got an MBE for services to the farming industry.

The rest of the list, as regards food, farming and conservation awards, is as follows:

Knights Bachelor

Professor Howard Dalton, chief scientific adviser, DEFRA and Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Warwick.

Dames/Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

The Right Reverend Alan Chesters, lately chair of the North West Rural Affairs Forum, for services to the community in the North West.

Ioan Morgan, principal of Warwickshire College, for services to further education.

Gavin Neath, national manager of Unilever UK, for services to the food industry.

Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)

Sylvia Brown, chief executive of Action with Communities in Rural England, for services to rural communities.

Susan Eades, head of DEFRA’s tuberculosis division.

Joseph Furphy, member of the Council for Nature Conservation and the Countryside, for services to conservation in Northern Ireland.

Bill Graham, head of education at Farming and Countryside Education, for services to education and to farming.

Dr Raymond Heitzman, for services to food safety.

Professor Keith Roberts, for services to plant biology.

William Ross, Highland Councillor, for services to forestry in the Highlands.

Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

Paul Bache, for services to the meat industry.

Elizabeth Braund, for services providing rural experience on Dartmoor and the South West for inner city young people.

Mary Brown, treasurer of the Northern Ireland Farm and Country Holidays Association, for services to the tourist and hospitality industries.

John Buxton, for services to conservation in Norfolk.

Roy Hanna, founder and member of Aghalee Development Association, for services to the rural community in Northern Ireland.

George Hughes, for services to the sheep industry in Wales.

Edward Jackson, chairman of the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts and chairman of Lancashire Wildlife Trust, for services to conservation.

Peter Lambley, lately conservation officer for English Nature, for services to conservation in Norfolk.

Jeanette Longfield, for services to food policy issues.

David Maughan, for services to farming in County Durham.

Terrig Morgan, lately chairman of the National Farmers’ Union milk committee, for services to the dairy industry.

Dr Jennifer Newton, for services to conservation in North Lancashire.

Anthony Ratcliffe, for services to the environment in Suffolk.

Henry Rumbold, for services to conservation and to the community in Ripon, North Yorkshire.

Michael Seals, chairman of the National Fallen Stock Company Limited, for services to the farming industry.

Dr Peter Stevens, for services to conservation.