Three key figures from the world of agriculture and animal health are to receive honorary degrees from Harper Adams University.

Meurig Raymond (left) and Christianne Glossop.

At the ceremony – due to take place on September 19 – degrees will be given to the president of the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Meurig Raymond, chief veterinary officer (CVO) for Wales Christianne Glossop and chief executive of Frontier Agriculture Mark Aitchison.

Mr Raymond will receive an honorary doctorate for services to agriculture, in recognition of his contribution to the NFU. Mr Raymond began his career with the NFU when he was elected local branch chairman in 1979. He progressed to Welsh NFU treasurer in 1992, and later the vice-chairman of the cereals committee in 1999. He was elected as vice president in 2004, deputy president in 2006, and president earlier this year.

Mr Raymond has also represented Wales on the Home Grown Cereals Authority and served on the council of Food from Britain. He was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours in January 2005 for his services to agriculture. He has also agreed to give the address to the graduating students at the ceremony.

Prof Glossop will receive an honorary doctorate for services to veterinary medicine in Wales. The professor – who has specialised in food animal production and medicine throughout her career – qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 1979.

With her vision to see bovine TB eradicated from Wales, Prof Glossop was awarded the Princess Royal Award by the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers in 2009 and, in the same year, she and Elin Jones, the former Welsh rural affairs minister, were joint winners of the Farmers Weekly Farming Champion award.

Prof Glossop said: “I am honoured and humbled by this award. Harper Adams University is a leading light in education, research and development in the agri-sector, including animal health and welfare, and its graduates are respected the world over.”

Mr Aitchison will receive an honorary doctorate for services to agriculture. Mr Aitchison studied BSc (Hons) Applied Biology at the University of Liverpool and completed a postgraduate qualification in crop science at Harper Adams.

Following graduation, he became an agronomist at Schering Agriculture and was appointed managing director of the Cargill Agricultural Division in 1998. Mr Aitchison oversaw the company’s transition to Banks Cargill and subsequently became the managing director. He later became chief executive of the newly created Frontier Agriculture after a merger in 2005.

Frontier remains one of the UK’s leading crop inputs and grain marketing business with an annual turnover of £1.7b.

Harper Adams vice-chancellor David Llewellyn said each of the recipients have made an “outstanding contribution” to their “respective industries and organisations and to wider society”.

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