AHDB chair knighted in New Year’s Honours list

Former NFU president and current Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) chair Peter Kendall has received a knighthood in the New Year’s Honours 2015 list.

Kendall, who was appointed AHDB chair in April last year for a three-year term, said he was delighted: “I am incredibly proud to receive this honour and to have had the privilege of helping represent and promote British farming, farmers and food production in my time as president of the NFU. It’s an industry that is so important to the country and I see this honour in part as recognition of the vital contribution that British farming makes day-in, day-out.”

NFU president Meurig Raymond congratulated his predecessor: “It’s difficult to know where to start with Peter’s achievements and what he has achieved for British farmers and for British farming, there are so many.

“His biggest achievement, I believe, was leading the way in changing the perceptions of farming and creating an image of a vibrant, successful and positive industry. He reminded government why farming mattered, he demonstrated to politicians what farming delivered and, more recently, has encouraged their support to back British farming.

“While he was president of the NFU, Peter worked tirelessly to represent our members – at all times of the day or night. Our members trusted Peter to stand up for their interests, something he did tirelessly at all levels for eight years at the NFU.”

Kendall added: “While I was president of the NFU I saw first-hand the fantastic work and commitment of both members and first-class staff to support and promote our farming industry and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them. I hope that the work that I have done – and continue to do – has contributed to the positive image and public support for British farming. I continue to be massively proud to be a farmer.”

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