8 January 1999

Farming wins crop of New Year honours

JOHN Krebs, the scientist responsible for devising the governments field research project to assess the link between badgers and bovine tuberculosis, was knighted in the New Year honours list.

Prof Krebs, chief executive of the Natural Environment Research Council was recognised for his contribution to behavioural ecology.

Other Awards:

Order of the Bath, CB, Mrs V K Gordon, head of agricultural crops and commodities directorate, MAFF.

Royal Victorian Medal, (Silver), B Ambrose, tractor driver, Crown Estate, Windsor.

CBE Margaret Charrington, chairman of Horticultural Research Council, for services to horticultural research; Prof R Flavell, lately director of the John Innes centre, for services to plant and microbiological science; W Macgregor, lately chief agriculture officer, Scottish Office; A Smith, chairman of Lincolnshire Trust for Nature Conservation for services to nature conservation.

Nature conservation

OBE Michael Calvert, CWS agriculture, for services to the agricultural industry; Thomas Dun, Heriot hill farmer, for services to sheep farming; Derek Moore, director of Suffolk Wildlife Trust for services to nature conservation; Mrs D Nutting member of the Council for National Trust for services to nature conservation; Rev Nicholas Read, director of the Rural Stress Network for services to the alleviation of rural stress.

MBE Arthur Anderson, producer, for services to agricultural broadcasting; Hugh Edmond, British Potato Council for services to the potato industry; Hiram England for services to the farming community in Derbyshire; Alison Harbison for services to farming; Kenneth Hedley for services to Blackface sheep farming; &#42 Jackson, JP, for services to farming, conservation and the community in Forfar; Rosalind Ragg, for services to the Rare Breeds Survival Trust; Cyril Roberts, farmworker, for services to agriculture in Hereford and Worcester and Mervyn Winslade, dairy farmer for services to farming and the community in Somerset. &#42