Knighthood for top scientist leads New Year farm honours
By Shelley Wright
TOM Blundell, former head of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, topped the list of New Years honours for the agricultural industry.
Prof Blundell was knighted for his work with BBSRC and for services to scientific research.
CBEs went to Don Curry, chairman of the Meat and Livestock Commission; Christ- opher Burd, for services to the forestry industry; David Burke, an expert special adviser on the environment; Edward Dart, Zeneca Seeds director of research and development; Robert Lawton for services to agriculture; Colin Shillington for services to dairying and for public service.
OBE: Geoffrey Elliot for services to forestry; David Evans for services to agriculture in Wales; Bill Ferguson, former vice chairman of Scottish Agricultural College, for services to agriculture and education; Prof Christopher Payne, chief executive of Horticulture Research International, for services to horticultural research; Howard Petch, principal of Bishop Burton college, for services to agricultural education; Peter Segger, chairman MD Organic Farm Foods Wales, for services to organic horticulture; Tanner Shields, former chief executive of the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs, for services to the Young Farmers Club movement.
MBE: Andrew Barr for services to the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution and to the Essex Agricultural Society; Donald Beaton, shepherd at the Roslin Institute, for services to scientific research; Allan Chambers for services to agriculture; Myrna Jean Corrie, president of the Scottish Young Farmers Association, for services to farming; Alfred Hall for services to the World Ploughing Organisation; Anthony Harman for services to the British Charolais Cattle Society; Mary James, for services to farming and consumer affairs; William McGowan, for services to the Fife cattle industry; Robert Montgomery, for services to the meat industry; Edmund Roberts, for services to agriculture in Wales; Robert Shiach, for services to Banffshire cattle industry.