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Farmer delights in his natural career

PUBLISHED: 21:01 04 January 2002 | UPDATED: 11:06 03 March 2010

A DEDICATED young farmer from Stowupland has been named regional runner-up in the Young Farmer of the Year category.

Tom Mason, 23, is responsible for running the 270 acre family farm, Park Farm at Stowupland near Stowmarket.

A DEDICATED young farmer from Stowupland has been named regional runner-up in the Young Farmer of the Year category.

Tom Mason, 23, is responsible for running the 270 acre family farm, Park Farm at Stowupland near Stowmarket.

In his entry, he told the judges: "I find farming an extremely rewarding career and take great delight in the season's changes and being outside to watch nature's work.

"Although the current economy and outlook is bleak, I find you can't put a price on being happy and enjoying the countryside."

The farm grows winter wheat, winter barley and oil seed rape.

Since taking over, Mr Mason has bought a quad bike equipped with a sprayer, which he plans to offer to neighbouring farmers to help treat difficult-to-reach areas.

"As farms get bigger and machinery gets larger there is increasing demand for smaller areas to be taken into account," he said.

Mr Mason is also overseeing the renovation and conversion of a redundant farm building into a house in a bid to increase the farm's income.

As regional runner-up, Mr Mason received £100 and a certificate.

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