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Famers say they need EU grants as letter sent to Prime Minister

Conservation groups and farmers in the West Country have sent a letter to the Prime Minister urging him to do all he can to encourage the European Parliament to continue offering them environmental grants.

They're used by many of our farmers to look after the countryside and wildlife, and many say their very survival depends on getting them. Our reporter John Andrews went to meet one man who relies heavily on the current grants on offer.

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Farmers pressure government for grants

Environmental groups and farmers in our region have sent a letter to the Prime Minister urging him to do all he can to encourage the European Parliament to continue offering them environmental grants.

Plymouth farmer Jon Andrews gets European grants to help create habitat for species like the highly endangered cirl bunting. Many farmers like him say their very survival depends on getting the grants.

Egg prices may have to rise

The price of free range eggs will have to go up by as much as 30p a dozen or many jobs will be lost across the region.

That's the warning from the National Farmers Union, which says rising feed costs and low prices from supermarkets are threatening livelihoods.

There are further worries that hard-pressed shoppers will turn to cheap imports rather than pay a premium for locally-farmed eggs, as David Woodland reports: