Ed, Patrick's youngest brother and Brian's cousin works as the agricultural advisor for the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) and has been working hard recently representing the CLA and farmers of England and Wales in lobbying the European Parliament to get the best deal for them in the current round of agricultural policy reforms. In the following interview Ed gives a very good summary of where the negotiations are currently at -
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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.