Former Guild member Dan Buglass, who died in October last year, was posthumously honoured with the NFU Scotland Ambassador Award at the union’s annual meeting.
Dan covered Scottish agriculture and rural affairs for television, radio, newspapers and magazines during a career in journalism that started in the 1960s. His untimely death came as he served as rural affairs editor for The Scotsman daily newspaper.
“Dan Buglass was a true friend to Scottish agriculture and the wider rural community,” said NFU Scotland chief executive and fellow Guild member James Withers. “Steeped in Borders farming tradition, he knew the industry inside out; this gave him the ability to debate thorny policy issues with the politicians of the day while still being able to translate those issues into words or print that his fellow farmers and the wider public could grasp.
“His writing was always fair and passionate and was a real force for good in the industry,” he added. “Dan is fondly remembered and whilst agricultural journalism and the industry are poorer for his passing, they are all the better for his contribution.”
Dan’s son, Andrew, collected the award, which was established by NFU Scotland last year with the support of NFU Mutual. It recognises the industry’s ambassadors – those individuals who have played an influential role in communicating the work, challenges and the value of Scottish farming to a wider audience.
Dan’s son, Andrew, picking up the
award from NFU Mutual’s Regional
Chairman and former NFU Scotland
President John Ross
The inaugural winner was another Guild member, former BBC broadcaster Ken Rundle who is now head of communications at SAC.