Agriculture reaps a healthy crop of New Year Honours
By Tony McDougal
TIRELESS work in the agricultural sector led the chairman of the Smithfield FarmTech Show, James Stobo, to be appointed a CBE in this weeks New Years Honours.
The award comes 13 years after Mr Stobo, who is currently chairman of the Edinburgh-based Moredun Foundation for Animal Health and Welfare, was made an OBE.
Mr Stobo, who farms 311ha (770 acres) of arable with beef cattle and sheep at Berwick-upon-Tweed, has held many posts over the years, including Scottish NFU president and chairman of the Scottish Seed Potato Development Council (1988-95).
Although there were no knighthoods within the agricultural community, the Department of Healths chief medical officer, Prof Kenneth Calman, was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB).
Dealing with food scares
Prof Calman has been heavily involved in dealing with public concern over the BSE issue and other food scares in recent years. The top MAFF award went to grade two officer Charles Cann, who was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB).
Other honours in the farming and food industry included:
CBE James Coverdale, former chairman MAFFs north east regional panel; William Little, former head of laboratory at Unilever Research; Terence Mallinson, services to forestry; Prof Ian Mercer, former chief executive Countryside Council for Wales.
OBE Michael Banks, joint managing director Sidney C Banks for services to the arable crops industry; Arthur Barker, deputy surveyor Forestry Commission New Forest; Ian Campbell, principal agricultural officer Scottish Office; Nigel Clutton, services to the Crown Estate; James Hamble, chief executive Local Authority Coordinating Body on Food and Trading Standards; Thomas Jones, services to agriculture in Wales; Kenneth Mair, services to agriculture in Aberdeenshire; Wilfred Mitchell, services to agriculture and the community; Samuel Morrow, Department of Agriculture; Roger Spooner, research scientist, Roslin Institute for services to animal breeding research; David Stratton, chairman Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group; John Turner, vice-principal Writtle Agricultural College; Raymond Twiddle, chairman British Poultry Meat Federation; Harry Wilson, services to veterinary medicine.
Services to farming
MBE David Anderson, Director of Sales (Africa) Massey Ferguson Group; Charles Arch, services to Welsh agriculture; David Barker, farmer, for services to conservation in East Anglia; George Beaton, roads foreman, Forestry Commission; Alan Chandler, former director-general UK Provision Trade Federation; John Corsie, services to agriculture on Orkney; Edward Endean, Ministry of Agriculture; Margaret Ervine, services to agriculture; Robert Howes, forestry officer, Forestry Commission; Talivaldis Kalnars, services to forestry; Donald Mackenzie, farm manager, services to agriculture in Argyllshire; James McColl, services to horticulture; Oliver Menhinick, head of horticulture, Lackham College, Wiltshire. *
Jim Stobo… Awarded a CBE for his tireless work in agriculture.