- The Barker Boys
- Cousins working together on our family owned farm with the aim of running a commercial modern farm producing high yielding, high standard crops while maximising wildlife diversity. Brian is said to be the farmer and conservationist, whereas Patrick is a conservationist and farmer. This mix has given a new direction for the farm, building upon the work that our fathers and grandfather has done to improve the overall success of the farm business. The farm has gone from strength to strength with the farm being recognised at a national level winning the coveted National FWAG’s Silver Lapwing Award for farming and conservation in 2009 and then Patrick and Brian were named Countryside Farmer of the Year by the Farmers Weekly in 2010.
Friday, 26 November 2010
Suffolk Young Farmers Forum
Last Friday Brian and I were invited to join a panel of local agricultural experts at an agricultural forum run by Suffolk Young Farmers Club at Otley College. The forum was based around the question : What do you think is the future of agriculture for young people? The evening, funded by the Chadacre Trust, was chaired Robert Hatch from Ensors and other panellists were Dr Dan Poulter, MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, Rowland Beaney from Lacey Scott and Knight, Jason Salisbury from Suffolk Farmhouse Cheeses and Mark Berry Regional Agricultural Manager for Lloyds TSB Agriculture. With over 50 people in attendance all with an interest in agriculture there was lively debate and good questions on farming, the future, policies, training and apprenticeships and the opportunities for and challenges facing young people in the industry. I believe we represented ourselves and the work that we do very well without getting into any rants.... and showed that with a clear vision and knowledge of your chosen field it is possible for young people to forge a career in farming and the associated industries.