NFU congratulates Michael Sly on receiving an MBE in Birthday Honours

02 June 2022

NFU Sugar board chairman Michael Sly on farm

NFU Sugar board chairman Michael Sly

The NFU has congratulated Michael Sly on receiving an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his services to agriculture in East Anglia.

Michael is the Chairman of English Mustard Growers and played a pivotal role in saving English mustard production in the UK. He also serves as NFU Sugar board chairman, a role he has held since 2017.  

NFU President Minette Batters said: “I am absolutely delighted that Michael has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his services to agriculture in East Anglia, where he has championed British farming for decades.

“Not many people realise that they have Michael to thank every time they enjoy a taste of Colman’s English Mustard. Without his passion for the crop, we would no longer be growing English mustard in this country. With other local growers, Michael has kept alive the centuries-old tradition of the Fens supplying this iconic crop to Colman’s English Mustard and I know he is resolute in keeping that tradition going for centuries to come. It is a fantastic achievement.

“Michael’s passion for farming is rivalled only by his enthusiasm to share it with the public and for more than 15 years he has hosted tens of thousands of people on his farm every year to learn about food, farming and its history in the Fens.

“I’d like to join everyone in congratulating him on today’s wonderful achievement and look forward to continuing to work with Michael as a fellow farmer and NFU Sugar board chairman.”