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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.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

HGCA Monitor Farm

Farmer led knowledge exchange

November saw myself and the farm launched as a new Home Grown Cereals Authority (HGCA) Monitor farm. This is new initiative set up and facilitated by the HGCA to promote and widen their involvement in British farming. They want to create and develop a new program to get farmers together to discuss current farming practice and issues, they wanted it to be farmer led on working farms to benefit all those who attend. It is a three year position and I was keen to get involved as the HGCA are one of the leading R & D funders in the industry and they have a wealth of people that we can bring to Suffolk to discuss our chosen topics on the the farm. 

As part of my role as being the host farmer we will be running another farming blog through the HGCA site. The link below will take you to all our event write ups, my farming thoughts and related topics.

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