19 November 1999

Last chance to pick

your British farming hero of the year

BRITISH farming needs a hero. So who would get your vote? As the difficult business of farming grows ever tougher, farmers weekly believes its time to celebrate the achievement of those who have helped make a difference.

We want to mark the contribution of those men and women who have helped UK farming and the countryside survive one of the most difficult years in living memory. And we need your help to do it.

This is your last chance to vote for the farmers weekly Farm Personality of the Year; the person who you believe has done most to help our industry plot a path through the financial pitfalls, media scare stories and mind-numbing uncertainties of the past 12 months.

FW has picked 11 people who we believe have made a significant contribution to the British farming industry. Each has battled, in his or her own particular field, to improve the prosperity or well being of British farming and the countryside. But what do you think?

We have left the twelfth candidate open for you to choose. So if you know someone who you believe has a stronger claim, let us know together with the reason why you believe he or she deserves the accolade farmers weekly Farm Personality of the Year.

If your choice coincides with the majority of our readers, and you supply a convincing reason why your candidate deserves to win, you could be welcoming the New Year in with a bottle of English sparkling wine and a magnificent food hamper packed with the best of British food. Simply fill out the form and return it to us by Mon Nov 22 or visit www.fwi.co.uk

So, register your vote today and look forward to toasting the New Year courtesy of farmers weekly. &#42

My vote for the FW Farm Personality of the Year goes to: (please tick one box)

1 Terry Bayliss, Farmers Ferry chairman, for re-opening Continental markets for

British lamb.

2 Nick Brown, farm minister, for fighting the illegal French beef ban.

3 Poul Christensen, Milk Marque chairman, for his leadership during the milk crisis.

4 Robert Forster, chief executive of the National Beef Association, for representing

the interests of beef farmers.

5 Barclay Forrest, chairman of British Cereal Exports, for enhancing the export

prospects of UK grain.

6 Ben Gill, NFU president, for defending the interests of UK farmers.

7 Richard Haddock, South West NFU, for steadfastly representing the interests of

SW farmers.

8 Bob Parry, president of Farmers Union of Wales, for representing the interests of

his members.

9 Paul Tyler, Lib Dem Chief Whip, for campaigning on farming causes.

10 Jim Walker, SNFU president, for representing the interests of his members.

11 Baroness Ann Mallalieu, Chairman of the Countryside Alliance and Labour peer,

for defending country sports.

12 (Name your own candidate)

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Please post your entry by Mon 22 Nov to Farm Personality Of The Year Competition, Farmers Weekly, Quadrant House, The Quadrant, Sutton, Surrey, SM2 5AS.

Or you can fax your reply to 0181 652 4005, email farmers.weekly@rbi.co.uk or visit our website www.fwi.co.uk Good luck!