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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.

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.

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