Rural crime & farming

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BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

As part of last week’s BBC Radio Cambridgeshire look at rural crime, Breakfast Show presenter Jeremy Sallis came down to P.X. Farms to find out from James what experiences he’s had, and what P.X. Farms are doing to prevent crime.

Jeremy also spoke to the NFU about Cambridgeshire Police’s Rural Community Action Team and how they were trying to assist farmers in the fight against crime. The section was transmitted on the 3rd September and is reproduced below with kind permission of BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

If you wish to download the file so that you can listen to it later ‘right click’ the following link and choose the save option from the fly out menu: Rural crime – P.X. Farms on Radio Cambridgeshire (6.6 MB – MP3 format).

The whole breakfast show is available to listen to again for one week after transmission via the BBC iPlayer.

BBC iPlayer

Bad weather hits the region

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With torrential rain, flooding and even a tornado in the region, ITV’s Anglia Tonight programme visited Scotland Farm and spoke to James Peck about the impact on the harvest.

The interview was shown on the 24th August and is reproduced below with kind permission of ITV.

P.X. Farms on ITV

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For the second time in two weeks, ITV Anglia has been to visit Scotland Farm. It’s harvest time and their reporter came to see our CLAAS Lexion 600TT Combine in action and find out more about this busy time of year.

Whilst at the farm they interviewed Chris and James, and the clip is reproduced with kind permission of ITV Anglia.

James Peck on Radio Cambridgeshire

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BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Following on from last years’ visit, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire’s Jeremy Sallis visited P.X. Farms and spoke to James Peck to see how harvest was going.

The interview was aired on the breakfast show on Tuesday 10th August 2010, but if you missed it you can listen again below. Extract reproduced with kind permission of BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

If you wish to download the file, so that you can listen to it later, please ‘right click’ on the following link and select the save/download option from the fly out menu: James Peck on Radio Cambridgeshire (2.4 MB – MP3 format).

You can listen to the whole show again for one week after transmission via the BBC iPlayer.

BBC iPlayer


A day with mighty machines…

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…for Ely School at Dry Drayton.

Mighty machines were the big attraction when over a hundred children from Spring Meadow Infant and Nursery School in Ely came to visit Scotland Farm, Dry Drayton.

Spring Meadow School children and tractor at P.X. Farms

This was the first time that many of five and six year olds had been so close to the huge tractors and other farm implements that work land all over Cambridgeshire and produce the crops which are so important to the economy of the county.

“The children loved having the chance to see a working farm and to get so close to farm vehicles,” says deputy headmistress, Sarah Latimer. “They were also fascinated by the vast store and the grain it contained.”

James Peck talking to Spring Meadow School pupils

“A delight to have them here,” says James Peck, whose company P.X. Farms manages his family’s acres. “We farmers tend to forget that even people living in an agricultural area like this are not necessarily familiar with the farming that surrounds them.”

“I was a little apprehensive about having so many children here, but they were extremely well behaved and listened to all that I had to tell them. We showed them foods such as breakfast cereals so that they could see how various crops end up – and weighed them in classes on our weighbridge.”

James is vice-chairman of the Cambridgeshire branch of the CLA ( Country Land and Business Association). “Our organisation is keen to do as much as possible to educate people – of all ages – about farming and the countryside. This kind of visit is precisely what is needed, and very rewarding. After the visit they sent me a super book of their drawings of the day.”

Class weigh in at P.X. Farms

“The children and the adults who came with them certainly learnt a lot from the day,” says Mrs Latimer.

For further information contact:

James Peck (P.X. Farms) on 01954 210211 or 07976 939596
Sally Smith (CLA PR) on 01553 764422 or 07729 448046
Sarah Latimer (Spring Meadow Infant & Nursery School) on 01353 664 742

Cambridgeshire farmer wins…

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…scholarship to study arable production world-wide.

James Peck travels to Washington from his Cambridgeshire home next week (March 7) on the first of part of a world study tour which will take him to the major areas of arable production. Awarded one of the 21 Nuffield Farming Scholarships which have been made this year he will be investigating the constraints on water and the increasing demand for fuel.

James Peck

The 33 year old farmer who is vice-chairman of Cambridgeshire CLA (Country Land and Business Association) will be travelling for eight weeks in all. His study topic is Arable farming, where next and how do we get there? He will be looking for the answers in Brazil, Argentina, Canada, America, Australia and Russia.

“We are at a crucial point for food production,” he explains. “We farmers are going to have to provide vastly more food for a rapidly growing world population and we shall have to do so under the restrictions of climate change. At the same time we will have to ensure that the environment does not suffer. That’s a tall order, and it’s why I believe it is imperative to establish the nature of food production now and how we are going to meet the challenges ahead.”

Constraints on water all over the globe and intense need for fuel – electricity especially – is the reason why James will be taking particular research into these two areas. Already at home he is seeking to reduce dependence upon electricity from the grid and to use less heating oil for houses and businesses at the farm and to dry grain. ‘Harvesting’ rainwater from roofs in order to cut consumption is also under consideration.

James lives and runs his business P.X.Farms Ltd at Scotland Farm, Dry Drayton near Cambridge where the family has farmed for four generations. He established the enterprise, of which he is managing director, in 2003 when he was 26. Since then it has grown from 1600 acres – the family’s own land and three other farms – to a total of 2800 acres on nine farms. The business encompasses a haulage operation specialising in combinable crops and has a contract to store grain at the farm in a newly-constructed store of 26,500 tonnes capacity.

He is able to take time out to travel because of his dedicated team of staff and modern day communications which will keep him in touch throughout with all that is happening with the business. With other Nuffield scholars he will first spend a week in Washington and Pennsylvania where he will be given a thorough grounding in the work he will be undertaking and what will be expected of him. His report, running to 10,000 words, will be used to help advance agriculture, and he will be required to give a presentation at the major Nuffield winter conference.

For further information:

Sally Smith, CLA: 01553 764422 or 07729 448046
James Peck: 01954 210211 or 01954 211123 or 07976 939596

Notes to Editors

JAMES PECK is a former Farmers Weekly Young Farmer of the Year. He has helped raise funds to support local charities and maintain the grounds of Dry Drayton Church. On the farm he has created permissive rights of way to link a number of footpaths together to make a continuous walk for the local community.

P.X.Farms Ltd is an agricultural contracting company.

*NUFFIELD FARMING SCHOLARSHIPS. Founded in 1943 by the original benefactor, the late Lord Nuffield (William Morris), the present Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust was subsequently established in 1947 and is dedicated to developing leadership in farming and the rural industries. The UK Trust forms part of a much wider organisation operating in Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland and Zimbabwe. Since its establishment, the trust has offered over 600 opportunities at home and more than 1000 worldwide for individuals with vision and energy to develop themselves and make a difference to agriculture and land-based industries.

Funded by the agriculture and food industries, charities and trusts with agricultural objectives, as well as past scholars themselves, the UK Trust presents around 20 new awards each year to enthusiastic individuals aged between 22 and 45 years old. Each scholar is provided with travel and subsistence costs for a period of eight weeks in return for a written paper and the presentation of study findings at an annual winter conference. For more information visit

THE CLA. As a membership organisation, the CLA supports landowners and rural businesses and communities, assessing and commenting upon national and regional policy and lobbying government on their behalf. There is a team of experts in London and a regional structure able to give local support. The CLA has been looking after the interests of its members, as well as promoting the positive aspects of land ownership and land management, for over 100 years.

CLA members own approximately half the rural land in England and Wales, and the resulting expertise puts the organisation in a unique position to formulate policies and lobby effectively.

Source: Country Land & Business Association

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