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Top agricultural universities honour NFU leaders

July 31, 2018 by  
Filed under News & Business

NFU leaders past and present have been honoured for their contribution to the industry by two of the country’s top agricultural universities.

NFU president Minette Batters, will accept an honorary degree from Harper Adams University next month in recognition of her contribution to agriculture. The award will be made at the university’s graduation day on 21 September.

She will be the guest speaker at the afternoon graduation ceremony – where her audience will comprise graduates from agriculture, business, agri-food and land management undergraduate degree programmes, as well as a range of masters and PhD graduates.

Described as a tireless contributor to the debate on the future of farming, Ms Batters is determined to use her NFU leadership to put British agriculture “on the global map” following her election by championing Britain’s safe, high quality and affordable food at home and overseas.

Her honorary degree comes weeks after former NFU president Meurig Raymond was awarded an honorary fellowship by the Royal Agricultural University at Cirencester, Gloucestershire. Mr Raymond led the NFU for four years until Ms Batters was elected president earlier this year.

Mr Raymond retired as NFU president in February after holding various positions at the union for almost 40 years. He also represented farmers on the European Commission’s High Level Forum for a Better Functioning Supply Chain.

The graduation ceremony on 19 July saw RAU students gather at Cirencester parish church to receive degrees and diplomas in real estate, rural land management, the environment; business and entrepreneurship, equine management, food management and agriculture.

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