National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

28 June 2017

NFYFC observed a minute’s silence at its June Council meeting in Coventry to remember agricultural stalwart John Alliston who died in June.

John was emeritus professor of agriculture at the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) and is known to many YFC members who have been taught by him over the years.

He was also the first Chairman of the Henry Plumb Foundation and only last year was awarded a Farmers’ Weekly Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of the 50 years that he had devoted to British agriculture, research and education.

Ed Ford, Chairman of NFYFC, said: “It is with great sadness that we learned of the sudden death of John Alliston. Many YFC members will know John and have fond memories of the time spent learning from one of the masters of our industry.

“His legacy will live on in the lives of so many young farmers that spent time with him at the RAU and through his support for new food and farming projects at the Henry Plumb Foundation.

“Our thoughts are with John’s family at this difficult time.”

Anyone wishing to pass on their condolences to the family is asked to do so through an email to RAU Alumni Office or by sending to Alumni Office, Royal Agricultural University, Stroud Road, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 1WA. The photo of John Alliston is from the RAU website.

The minute’s silence during the Council weekend also remembered all those who had lost their lives in the recent terrorism attacks, including Cheshire FYFC member Nell Jones, and the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.


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