A NORTH Yorkshire farmer was honoured at this week's NFU Conference for his dedication and commitment to the NFU and to the farming industry.

Richard Bramley was the first ever recipient of the Meurig Raymond Award – named after the NFU’s outgoing President who stepped down this week after 14 years as a national officeholder.

Mr Bramley, who farms 500 acres of combinable and root crops near York, is highly regarded for his work in making the case for farming in the corridors of power both regionally and nationally and securing a number of lobbying wins for fellow NFU members.

He was one of the first to sign up to the voluntary Campaign for the Farmed Environment, is a member of the NFU’s Environment Forum, and played a leading role in developing the environment strand of the North East regional Pride and Provenance initiative.

Mr Bramley said he was completely overwhelmed by the award. "It really is a lovely thing to happen as the NFU is such a fantastic organisation. It’s great that your peers recognise the work you undertake. I don’t do it for anything other than for the industry and for my utter belief that we’re doing the right thing."

Terry Jones, NFU Director General, said: ""Richard is the embodiment of what the NFU is all about. He’s one of those unsung farming heroes who provide an authentic voice as part of NFU campaigns and who lobby tirelessly for a better trading environment both politically and commercially.

"He’s been at the forefront of raising awareness of the importance of a farmed environment alongside producing high quality food and running a profitable and viable business."

Mr Bramley was selected from eight nominees drawn from each of the NFU’s seven English regions and NFU Cymru.