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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.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Suffolk NFU MPs Dinner

On Friday evening I was able to attend the Suffolk NFU MPs dinner at Trinity Park. With over 100 people in attendance it was a very enjoyable and useful evening for Suffolk farmers to have the opportunity to meet Tim Yeo (South Suffolk), Dr Daniel Poulter (Central Suffolk & North Ipswich), Therese Coffee (Suffolk Costal), David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds) and Geoffrey Van Orden (MEP for the East of England) and other special guests including Simon Ash (Chief Constable), Richard Scott (Chairman Suffolk NFU) Stephen Rash (Suffolk's NFU National Council Delegate) and Pam Forbes (NFU Regional Director). With all of the food sourced from Suffolk farms and food producers their was much to celebrate.

Tim Yeo spoke very passionately about his role as and MP and it was reassuring to hear that farming is high on the list of priorities for our representatives in parliament and that they understand the importance of the agricultural industry in rural constituencies. The evening went very well and hopefully is the first of a number of events of this nature giving farmers confidence that they have a voice in Parliament.

Having met Agriculture Minister Jim Paice recently I know that farming is high on the political agenda and that as an industry we have people who know what they are talking about in Westminster setting policies and working on plans to reduce bureaucracy and promote British farming and local produce. PJB

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