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Campaigning farmer Andrew dies aged 54.

Byline: Mary Griffin

TRIBUTES have been paid to a campaigning Midlands farmer who led this summer's milk protests.

Andrew Hemming, 54, who was chairman for the National Farmers' Union Central Warwickshire branch, died suddenly last weekend while he was in Yorkshire attending a function of campaign group Farmers For Action.

Mr Hemming was the group's vice-chairman and campaigned tirelessly for fair trading of British produce. This summer he spearheaded protests across the Midlands as part of the SOS Dairy campaign for fair milk prices, targeting processors and supermarkets.

He led 700 farmers in blockades at processing plants in Worcestershire and Derbyshire, after cuts of up to 2p a litre in the amount farmers receive from major milk processors and retailers.

A statement from Farmers For Action reads: "It is with great sadness we report that FFA vice chairman, Andrew Hemming, tragically passed away suddenly on Saturday, December 15.

"Andrew was attending a function on behalf of Farmers For Action with his wife Judith.

"Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with Judith, their children and family at this very sad time."

The tenant farmer was recognised nationally as an activist and his supporters have vowed to carry on his work.
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Date:Dec 24, 2012
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