Chris Hill Agricultural editor firstname.lastname@example.org @ChrisHill75 UK officially declared free from bird flu - but lessons must be learned to protect East Anglia’s poultry in future Wednesday, September 13, 2017 Chris Hill 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. Breckland roost is a rare chance to see the secretive stone-curlew Friday, September 8, 2017 Chris Hill 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. Agrii survey highlights wheat’s growing susceptibility to yellow rust disease Wednesday, September 6, 2017 Chris Hill Many wheat varieties commonly grown across East Anglia are becoming more susceptible to a potentially devastating cereal disease, according to a nationwide farming study. Potato growers to be targeted by Health and Safety Executive inspections Tuesday, September 5, 2017 Chris Hill 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. Biotech investment could lead to faster and more reliable bovine TB testing Friday, September 1, 2017 Chris Hill 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. Positive results amid the ups and downs of a challenging East Anglian harvest Friday, September 1, 2017 Chris Hill 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. National Farmers’ Union launches rural broadband and mobile survey Wednesday, August 23, 2017 Chris Hill 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 by 2050, warns CPRE report Wednesday, August 9, 2017 Chris Hill 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. Bird flu confirmed in wild swan in the Norfolk Broads Monday, August 7, 2017 Chris Hill 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. 10,000 homes to trial Fresh Pod innovation to reduce food waste Friday, August 4, 2017 Chris Hill 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. East Anglian farms will test efficiency of energy plant by-products as organic fertilisers Friday, August 4, 2017 Chris Hill 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 reveals how he rescued Suffolk farm worker trapped in a baler Monday, July 24, 2017 Chris Hill Comedian Al Murray has revealed how he once helped save a young Suffolk farm worker’s life after a horrifying farm accident. Farm subsidies must be earned after Brexit, says Defra secretary Michael Gove Friday, July 21, 2017 Chris Hill 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. British Sugar and NFU agree beet contract price for 2018/19 campaign Friday, July 14, 2017 Chris Hill Growers and processors of East Anglia’s sugar beet crop have agreed contract terms for the 2017/18 campaign. Pioneering dairy farm explains its raw milk revolution Thursday, July 13, 2017 Chris Hill 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. The Royal Norfolk Show 2017: Easton and Otley College celebrates award successes Friday, June 30, 2017 Chris Hill Agricultural staff and students from an East Anglian college celebrated a host of livestock awards at the Royal Norfolk Show. The Royal Norfolk Show 2017: ‘Winning makes the weather better’ according to champion cattle team Wednesday, June 28, 2017 Chris Hill 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 The Royal Norfolk Show 2017: Why TV farmer Jimmy Doherty loves pork from rare breed pigs Wednesday, June 28, 2017 Chris Hill 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. Defra secretary Michael Gove hears Brexit priorities from East Anglian farmers Wednesday, June 28, 2017 Chris Hill 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. The Royal Norfolk Show 2017: Saham Hall estate wins Grey Partridge award Wednesday, June 28, 2017 Chris Hill Efforts to improve habitats for grey partridges and provide cover from predators have earned a Norfolk estate an accolade for its conservation work. Half of East Anglia’s rural firms feel threatened if migrant workforce is restricted by Brexit, says CLA survey Tuesday, June 27, 2017 Chris Hill 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. Royal Norfolk Show 2017: Top prize honour for former Anglia Farmers chief Clarke Willis Monday, June 26, 2017 Chris Hill 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. New Agriculture Bill in Queen’s Speech is welcomed by farming leaders in East Anglia Wednesday, June 21, 2017 Chris Hill 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. Cereals 2017: Farm contractors are demanding more from their agreements, says Strutt & Parker Friday, June 16, 2017 Chris Hill 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. Cereals 2017: Why trade deals and efficiency investments are top priorities for East Anglia’s farmers Thursday, June 15, 2017 Chris Hill 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. Cereals 2017: Driverless farming robots could work the fields of the future Thursday, June 15, 2017 Chris Hill Swarms of automated farming robots could hold the key to future productivity and workforce concerns, according to one show exhibitor. Cereals 2017: How sheep could help improve East Anglia’s arable farms Thursday, June 15, 2017 Chris Hill 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. Cereals 2017: Glyphosate is ‘safer than sausages’, says leading farmer Thursday, June 15, 2017 Chris Hill 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”. Cereals 2017: Government must end Brexit uncertainty, says National Farmers’ Union president Wednesday, June 14, 2017 Chris Hill 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. East Anglia’s farming leaders respond to Michael Gove’s appointment as environment secretary Monday, June 12, 2017 Chris Hill 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.