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After a damaging series of disease outbreaks, the UK has finally been declared free of bird flu – but government officials have acknowledged lessons need to be learned to protect poultry keepers in future.

They’re usually elusive, shy and unsociable – but a Breckland heath has offered a glimpse of a “secret gathering” of stone-curlews as they prepare for their annual migration.

Many wheat varieties commonly grown across East Anglia are becoming more susceptible to a potentially devastating cereal disease, according to a nationwide farming study.

East Anglia’s potato growers have been urged to step up their accident prevention measures this harvest season – and to expect visits from safety inspectors.

An East Anglian bio-tech firm has pioneered a new test for bovine tuberculosis (TB), which it claims could revolutionise the speed and accuracy of disease diagnosis.

With East Anglia’s 2017 harvest safely gathered in, the region’s farmers have voiced satisfaction at their haul after the swings and roundabouts of an unpredictable season.

Farmers are being encouraged to record their experiences of broadband and mobile coverage in order to help influence policy-makers to speed up improvements.

Small family farms could be lost from the East Anglian countryside by 2050 unless post-Brexit policies protect the diversity of our landscape, warns a new report.

A wild swan has tested positive for bird flu in the Norfolk Broads – prompting renewed warnings for poultry keepers to be on their guard against the disease.

Thousands of East Anglian households will be asked to test a Norfolk-made food preservation device as part of a £30,000 waste reduction trial.

A consortium of six East Anglian farmers will undertake field trials to assess the optimum use of organic fertilisers, generated as by-products from anaerobic digestion (AD) energy plants.

Comedian Al Murray has revealed how he once helped save a young Suffolk farm worker’s life after a horrifying farm accident.

Farmers will need to earn their subsidy payments after Brexit by delivering benefits for nature rather than relying on EU handouts for the amount of land they farm.

Growers and processors of East Anglia’s sugar beet crop have agreed contract terms for the 2017/18 campaign.

A pioneering dairy which built its success on selling raw milk and making a Brie-style cheese opened its gates to more than 100 farmers from across Norfolk and Suffolk.

Agricultural staff and students from an East Anglian college celebrated a host of livestock awards at the Royal Norfolk Show.

A mixed team of British Blue cattle rose to the occasion to secure one of the top livestock prizes on day one of the Royal Norfolk Show

A TV celebrity farmer used his appearance at the Royal Norfolk Show to highlight a special rare breed of pig – and celebrate the food chain which supports it.

Environment secretary Michael Gove said he was in “listening mode” to understand the Brexit concerns of East Anglia’s farming community during his visit to the Royal Norfolk Show.

Efforts to improve habitats for grey partridges and provide cover from predators have earned a Norfolk estate an accolade for its conservation work.

More than half of rural businesses in East Anglia feel their viability could be threatened if access to migrant workers is restricted after Brexit, according to an industry survey.

After an emotional farewell to the organisation whose success he inspired, a leading figure in the region’s farming industry will be honoured with a special award at the Royal Norfolk Show.

Farming leaders in East Anglia welcomed the new Agriculture Bill in the Queen’s Speech, hoping it will bring greater focus to efforts to re-structure the food industry after Brexit.

Agricultural contractors are seeking higher charges and striking deals which shift the balance of risk back towards the farmer, according to findings presented at the 2017 Cereals show.

Trade deals and investing in productivity emerged as the key priorities for East Anglian growers during discussions at the region’s annual arable farming showcase.

Swarms of automated farming robots could hold the key to future productivity and workforce concerns, according to one show exhibitor.

Bringing sheep back into the fold within East Anglia’s farming rotations could be a major benefit to the region’s arable growers, according to livestock sector leaders.

A debate over whether a controversial weedkiller should be used to speed up the harvest prompted a senior farmer to claim glyphosate is “safer than sausages”.

The government must end the uncertainty over what Brexit will mean for UK farming and take a “collaborative and consensual” approach to its negotiations, East Anglian farmers were told.

Farming leaders said new environment secretary Michael Gove must “understand and articulate” the needs of East Anglia’s agricultural community during a pivotal time for the sector.

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