13 August 2001
Tributes paid to farming journalist

By Johann Tasker

TRIBUTES are being paid to David Brown, the Daily Telegraph agriculture editor, who has died in hospital from a brain haemorrhage.

Mr Brown, 54, had been on a life-support machine since collapsing at his home in Wimbledon, London, on 2 August. He died on Sunday (12 August).

A respected and popular journalist in farming circles, Mr Brown was known for his sharp wit, his phenomenal work-rate and his fair reporting.

National Farmers Union president Ben Gill said: “Everyone at the NFU is deeply saddened to hear the news of David Browns death.

“David was one of the countrys leading agricultural writers and reported on farming honestly and fairly, viewing this as a duty to the industry.

“He will be sorely missed by all of us.”

Mr Brown won the Guild of Agricultural Journalists Netherthorpe award in 1999 for outstanding services to farming journalism.

Guild general secretary Don Gomery said: “He was an professional journalist of the highest standard and people like that are not easy to find.”

The Daily Telegraph is the only national paper to employ an agriculture correspondent. Other papers have countryside or environment journalists.

Godfrey Brown, Mr Browns predecessor at the Telegraph, described him as a well-liked and respected journalist who was “the last of a breed”.

He added: “He was always very persistent with questions and couldnt stand evasive answers. But off-duty he was an extremely nice bloke.”

Mr Brown started in agricultural journalism in 1966 when he joined the Hawick Express, a local newspaper in the Scottish Borders.

He joined the Daily Telegraph in 1989 after working for the Scottish Daily Mail, the Hampshire Chronicle, Farmers Weekly and the Sunday Telegraph.