Order of Agricultural Merit

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Order for Agricultural Merit
Commandeur de l'Ordre du Mérite Agricole.jpg
Commander's Necklet of the Order
Awarded by The Minister of Agriculture of The Republic of France
Type Order of Merit
Established 7 July 1883
Awarded for Special distinction in services to agriculture
Status Currently constituted
Head, President of the order's council, Commander of the Order of Agricultural Merit Jacques Mézard, The Minister of Agriculture
Secretary of the Order's council Coralie BERNARD, Chief of Staff of the Ministry of Agriculture office
Grades Commander
Officer
Knight
Statistics
First induction 17 July 1883
Last induction April 2017 Prince Charles, Prince of Wales
Precedence
Next (higher) Order of Academic Palms
Next (lower) Order for Maritime Merit
Related Order of Merit
Ordre du Merite agricole Commandeur 1999 ribbon.svg
Commander
Ordre du Merite agricole Officier 1999 ribbon.svg
Officer
Ordre du Merite agricole Chevalier 1999 ribbon.svg
Knight
The three graded ribbon bars of the Order

The Order of Agricultural Merit (French: Ordre du Mérite Agricole) is an order bestowed by the French Republic for outstanding contribution to agriculture. It was second in importance only to the Legion of honour within the French order of precedence when it was created.[1]

The order was established on 7 July 1883 based on the proposition of the then Minister of Agriculture Jules Méline in an effort to adequately reward services to agriculture in view of the maximum number of the Legion of honour that could be awarded yearly. His reasoning was that more than eighteen million Frenchmen lived directly from this industry which had a direct and most powerful impact on the entire national economy, farmers, agronomists, professors, researchers, labour was intensive and never ending, devotion was commonplace but the rewards were rare.[1]

The original 1883 decree created a single grade order, only "Knights" (French: "chevaliers") were thus decorated. The decree of 18 June 1887 added the grade of "Officer" (French: "Officier") and a third grade, that of "Commander" (French: "Commandeur") was created by a decree of 3 August 1900. The present form and statute of the Order of Agricultural Merit were outlined in decree 59-729 of 15 June 1959.[1]

The Order comprises approximately 340,000 Recipients to date, of which approximately 23,000 are alive at any given time, including all living former ministers of agriculture, officers number approximately 60,000 to date with approximately 5,000 living and approximately 4800 were made commanders to date, with approximately 400 living at any given time.[2]

Award statute[edit]

The Order of Agricultural Merit rewards people who rendered exceptional services to agriculture whether in public duties or in the very practice of agriculture. It also rewards people who distinguished themselves in scientific research or in related publications. There are two annual investiture ceremonies, the first on 1 January and the second on the 14th of July. The annual contingent has been limited to 60 commanders, 600 officers and 2,400 knights.[1]

Award prerequisites are as follows:[3][4]

  • Knight: be at least thirty years of age with fifteen years of service/work;
  • Officer: at least five years as a Member of the order;
  • Commander: at least five years as an Officer of the order.

Conditions of age and of seniority may be lowered for candidates who have outstanding qualifications.[5]

A 5% contingency is allowed for people gaining direct entry into the order as officers or commanders for exceptional reasons. Foreigners receiving the order are not subject to the seniority clause. Members of the Order of the Legion of Honour may be admitted to the Order of Agricultural Merit at the same rank they hold in the first.[3]

An award certificate always accompanies the order.[3]

Award description[edit]

The Order of Agricultural Merit is in the form of a 40mm (35mm for pre November 1999) wide star, 60mm for the commander's insignia, with six white enamelled arms, the arms resting on a gilt wreath of wheat on the right and of corn on the left. On the obverse at its center, a gilt medallion bearing the effigy of the republic in the form of the relief right profile of a woman's head, the medallion is surrounded by a narrow blue enamelled band bearing the golden semi circular inscription "RÉPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE" ("FRENCH REPUBLIC"). On the reverse, the gilt medallion bears the relief inscription on three lines "MÉRITE" "AGRICOLE" "1883" ("AGRICULTURAL MERIT 1883"), it is surrounded by a plain blue enamelled band.[1]

The officers' and commanders' badges also bear a gilt wreath, half vine and half olive branch, between the insignia and the ribbon suspension ring.[3]

The knight's insignia is made of silver, the officer's is made of silver-gilt, the commander's is made of silver-gilt or gold.[3]

The order hangs from a 37mm wide silk moiré green ribbon with 5mm amaranth vertical stripes located 1mm from the edges. The commander's insignia is worn on a cravat around the neck.[1]


Knight Officer Commander
Chevalier de l'Ordre du Mérite Agricole.jpg Officier de l'Ordre du Mérite Agricole.jpg Commandeur de l'Ordre du Mérite Agricole.jpg

Notable recipients[edit]

Oenologist Denis Boubals, a recipient of the Order of Agricultural Merit
Prefect Richard Samuel, a recipient of the Order of Agricultural Merit
Senator Georges Patient, a recipient of the Order of Agricultural Merit
Professor Pierre Barrère, a recipient of the Order of Agricultural Merit

Commanders[edit]

Officers[edit]

Knights[edit]

Unknown rank[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "France Phaléristique web site" (in French). Marc Champenois. 1 January 2004. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Le Mérite agricole – Chiffres". Retrieved 12 April 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Battini, Jean; Zaniewicki, Witold (2003). Guide pratique des décorations françaises actuelles. Paris: LAVAUZELLE. ISBN 2-7025-1030-2. 
  4. ^ Legifrance https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/affichTexteArticle.do;jsessionid=6C30565B94F0C05063C2731D9238F2EF.tpdila15v_1?idArticle=LEGIARTI000027649447&cidTexte=LEGITEXT000027647421&dateTexte=20170521.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ Legifrance https://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/affichTexteArticle.do;jsessionid=6C30565B94F0C05063C2731D9238F2EF.tpdila15v_1?idArticle=LEGIARTI000027648712&cidTexte=LEGITEXT000027647421&dateTexte=20170521.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ Queen Anne with her daughter Crown Princess Margareta and Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy at the gala for her investiture into the order held at the Palace of the Legion of Honour (wears the green order necklet on her neck, seen from behind)
  7. ^ http://www.palais.mc/en/biography-1-8.html
  8. ^ "French wine distributor in Taiwan honored by French government". Central News Agency. 13 March 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2010. 
  9. ^ Sommer, Theo (25 October 2003). "Laudatio auf Wolfram Siebeck zu seinem 75. Geburtstag". Die Zeit (in German). 

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