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Proposed changes to the abstraction licensing system must ensure East Anglian farmers have the water they need to grow the nation’s food, a conference heard.

A Suffolk farming family which endured a vicious torrent of online abuse from vegan activists have donated their TV appearance fee to a charity dedicated to stopping cyberbullying.

The new Suffolk branch chairman of the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) said he is optimistic for the sector’s future, despite the challenges and uncertainties posed by Brexit.

A farming family which endured a vicious torrent of online abuse from vegan activists have donated their TV appearance fee to a charity dedicated to stopping cyberbullying.

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has elected the first female president in its 110-year history.

Enhancing animal welfare, improving broadband and 4G coverage, and investing in productivity research are among the “public goods” which could receive public funding after Brexit, Michael Gove told farmers.

East Anglian farming leaders have welcomed a comprehensive review of “bureaucratic” farm inspections, announced by environment secretary Michael Gove.

After Ofsted inspectors criticised failures at East Anglia’s main land-based college last summer, its acting principal says her turnaround plan is showing positive signs for the future. Agricultural editor CHRIS HILL reports.

The government has announced a review of its 25-year strategy to tackle tuberculosis (TB) in cattle, which includes culling badgers to curb the disease.

A ban on exporting animals for slaughter, an end to the badger cull and expanding affordable vet care for pet owners on low incomes have been proposed by the Labour party.

The UK’s food and farming industry is calling on the government to maintain “free and frictionless trade” with the EU after Brexit.

Britain’s horticulture farms suffered a 12.5% shortfall in seasonal workers in 2017 as numbers coming from continental Europe fell, it has been revealed.

Welfare codes for pigs, laying hens and meat chickens are being updated as part of a programme of government reforms to “safeguard and enhance the welfare of animals”.

The runners and riders in the race to become the farming industry’s most senior national representative were put through their paces at an election hustings in Newmarket.

Some very rare arrivals have amazed a farming family near Bungay – after one of their cows gave birth to triplets for the first time in 50 years of dairying.

The gale-struck 2018 Lamma farm machinery show was cut short by safety fears – but before the closure, East Anglian manufacturers showed the innovations aiming to help farmers ride out any economic storms ahead. CHRIS HILL reports.

Severe winds and safety concerns have forced the closure of a major farm machinery show in Peterborough this morning.

East Anglian farming leaders have welcomed the prime minister’s pledge that Brexit will not lead to a lowering of UK environmental standards – but demanded more clarity on how the government’s green goals will be achieved.

The drive to boost performance and productivity will bring thousands of farmers to East Anglia next week for the agricultural machinery industry’s largest annual showcase.

The official risk level posed by bird flu to commercial poultry businesses in East Anglia remains unchanged, despite a new outbreak across the North Sea.

An East Anglian farming leader has called on chancellor Philip Hammond to do more to help agricultural businesses invest in infrastructure and new technology.

An East Anglian farmer who is a ceremonial bodyguard for the Queen is now also a senior custodian of Her Majesty’s countryside after becoming the president of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA).

A diverse dairy business and a quality pig producer are among the East Anglian farms celebrating victory at a national industry awards ceremony.

Growing “future-proof” farm businesses will be the focus of debate among industry leaders and inspiring farmers at this year’s East of England Farming Conference.

Average farm profitability could drop by £23,000 a year in the “worst-case scenario” after Brexit, according to industry economists.

Farmers have the chance to hear analysis and advice on how various post-Brexit scenarios could affect their income – and what action they can take in advance – at a series of roadshows later this month.

Field trips to the farm can teach children about much more than agriculture – and an education partnership has brought mutual benefits for Barnham Primary School and farm managers at the Euston Estate.

Harvest yields for wheat and barley this year were well above the five-year average, according to provisional government figures.

Farming incomes in East Anglia dropped by about 5pc during 2016, largely driven by a fall in the value of the region’s staple crops, according to new government figures.

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.

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