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Wed, 17:00
Threshing demonstration at Harvest Past

Visitors took a step back in time for a day down on the farm.

Visitors flock to Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival.

Record numbers of local producers will be taking part in this year’s Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival.

A harvested field in Suffolk.

Farmers in the eastern region are still the mainstays of its farmland market, snapping up 62% of farms, according to a survey by estate agents Strutt & Parker.

Bernard Matthews lorry outside Great Witchingham Hall.

Smaller creditors could be left battling to survive because of the domino effect of the deal the save Bernard Matthews, industry experts have warned.

Bernard Matthews rebrand. New product packaging and logo. Pictures submitted.

Unions have given a “cautious welcome” to the long-awaited sale of Bernard Matthews to the owner of the 2 Sisters Food Group.

Bernard Matthews at Great Witchingham Hall.  Picture: Keiron Tovell .

The chair of parliament’s work and pensions committee has hit out at a potential deal for Bernard Matthews which would see the turkey producer’s pension scheme transferred to the government’s safety net.

Bernard Matthews at Great Witchingham Hall.  Picture: Keiron Tovell .

Union leaders are seeking an urgent meeting with bosses at Bernard Matthews as it emerged a second buyer may be in the running for the troubled turkey producer.

The British Sugar factory next the the River Yare at Cantley.

Picture: James Bass

Full-year profits at British Sugar parent group Associated British Foods (ABF) are expected to come in ahead of last year’s, helped by a boost to reported earnings from overseas as a result of the recent fall in sterling.

Guy Smith - NFU vice president

National Farmers’ Union (NFU) chiefs will be in East Anglia this week for a series of member consultation meetings about the future of the farming industry post-Brexit.

Countryside stalwart dies

Sunday, September 11, 2016
Paul Long.

A countryside stalwart described as “a countryman to his boots” has died.

A period barn in Stradishall, near Newmarket, which is on the market through Cheffins with a price tag of £375,000.

The number of unconverted barns to come to the market has more than doubled in the past 18 months, an East Anglian estate agents says.

Great Garnetts farmers' market at Bishops Green, Barnston, near Dunmow.

A farmers’ market run by turkey and pig producers celebrates its 10th anniversary tomorrow.

Our members celebrating the end of a great weekend at the Barleylands show last summer.

After a long and busy harvest for many of our members, the new Young Farmers year begins again this month, with plenty to keep us all busy, writes Essex Young Farmers’ Beth Speakman.

Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds.

Jubilant Bury in Bloom organisers have hailed the ‘icing on the cake’ of their 30th anniversary by scooping the large town of the year award.

Halstead in bloom as they are crowned overall winners at Anglia in Bloom awards 2016

Green-fingered residents from across the region are celebrating today after the winners of this year’s Anglia in Bloom competition were revealed.

All the juniors building up to meet the jellyfish population!

So harvest has flown past and, for the majority of our farming members, the crops have been gathered and the autumn work has commenced, writes Suffolk Young Farmers co-ordinator Tory Lugsden.

Manson House head of home Carole Smith, left, with HRH Duke of Gloucester, meeting staff and residents 2015.

A retirement home primarily for farmers is celebrating after inspectors said staff “went the extra mile” to improve its residents’ quality of life.

Claydon TerraStar.

A Suffolk agricultural machinery maker has appointed an East Anglian distributor to handle its sales and service.

Case IH Magnum Autonomous Concept Tractor in the field with the Case IH Early Riser 2150 Planter.

A show in the USA has offered a glimpse of what the future of farming might look like.

A female blue-winged olive. Copyright Stuart Crofts.

Two anglers dedicated to the restoration of the River Lark in west Suffolk have together brought nine million insect eggs to the site.

Iain Gardner, chief operating officer of ForFarmers, and Yoram Knoop, chief executive of ForFarmers, at the re-branding of the BOCM Pauls name to ForFarmers at an event at the Farmers' Club in London on Monday, October 6, 2014

Farmers are still feeling the pinch as the pressure on prices for milk, meat and eggs continues, an animal feed firm said as it published its results for the first half of 2016.

Mark Sams with the winning production team: Allen Lambert, Jimmy Lambert, Jonathan Balls and Darren Pratt

The sixth annual Cobb charity shoot – enlarged this year to mark the centenary of the breed – raised more than £15,000 for Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire.

Nigel Wittrick, left, manager of the Wickham Skeith farm of Hook2Sisters, receives a plaque from Tom Proctor, Cobb Europe account manager for the UK and Scandinavia, in recognition of the farm's broiler performance.

A poultry unit in Suffolk has been recognised under a new programme launched by breeding company Cobb Europe which is based at Colchester

The vintage tractor run arrives at the Vintage and Modern Tractor Fair held at Suffolk Food Hall.

Landy lovers and tractor nuts descended on one of Suffolk’s 
top farm shop venues for a celebration of agricultural vehicles this weekend.

NFU Suffolk county adviser Rachel Carrington.

The UK farming industry makes a huge contribution to the nation by producing high quality food and caring for the countryside. We need to make sure that our industry thrives post Brexit and so it’s now vital that we shape a new vision for an agricultural policy which ensures a dynamic, profitable and productive future for farming and growing, writes Rachel Carrington, the NFU’s Suffolk county adviser.

Farming features

Yesterday, 17:21
Greenpeace has published a list of the UK's top 100 recipients of European Union farming subsidies.

A number of East Anglian estates and farm businesses are among those receiving hundreds of thousands of pounds under the European Union’s Common Agri-cultural Policy (CAP), according to analysis by environmental group Greenpeace.

Skeyton Trosh 2016. Pictured with the Ransomes drum are Scott Bunting, Graham Kirk and Tom Randell.

A moment of Norfolk farming history will be recreated this weekend as a rare vintage piece of equipment gets to work on a heritage crop for the first time in 60 years.

NORMAC farm machinery demonstrations day at Hardingham Farms.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

A mid Norfolk farm became a proving ground for the machinery industry’s leading innovators as hundreds of farmers gathered to see how the latest models performed on East Anglian soil.

Demonstration by the Norfolk Farm Machinery Club (NORMAC). Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The latest technology and techniques for maximising productivity and soil protection will be on display as a major machinery demonstration returns to a mid Norfolk farming estate.

Heavy horses will be showing their strength in Chittlehampton this weekend. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Traditional farming methods on display at special Chittlehampton two-day show

Richard McMullen, a conservation adviser with Norfolk FWAG, pictured at High Ash Farm, Caistor St Edmund. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

After being “humbled” by a lifetime achievement award, a respected farm wildlife adviser reveals some of the techniques he uses to persuade commercial growers to employ conservation measures on their land.

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Four restaurants in Suffolk feature in SquareMeal’s top 100 in the UK, as voted by reviewers and customers.

Royal Norfolk Show 2016. Showground maintenance supervisor Chris Melton and his son Daniel Melton put up the RNAA flag.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

From parachute displays to heavy horses in the Grand Ring, there is lots to look forward to at this year’s Royal Norfolk Show.

Open Farm Sunday at Somerleyton in 2015.

East Anglian farms will throw open their gates to the public this weekend, giving thousands of visitors the chance to experience, enjoy and understand the workings of the countryside.

A team of knitters have created a model of Stokey Common out of wool - and it's being included in the Chelsea Fringe Festival (Picture: Ken Mears)

A knitting group who recreated Stoke Newington Common out of wool will be offering “guided tours” of their model for the Chelsea Fringe Festival.

Many happy returns: Thousands of schoolchildren widhing Hwer Majesty a happy birthday during the School Farm and Country Fair at Trinity Park

Thousands of Suffolk schoolchildren paid tribute to the Queen on her 90th birthday yesterday as they celebrated their rural roots.

Action from the 2015 Hadleigh Show

Stunt riders, amazing animals and the obligatory host of farm machinery will all be present at one the country’s longest running one-day agricultural shows when it returns on the third weekend of May.

Sarah Chambers

Sarah Chambers

Agriculture correspondent

Email | 01473 324827

Farming is a major industry in East Anglia, with agricultural issues impacting on the lives of residents right across the region.

Agricultural correspondent Sarah Chambers is here to highlight rural campaigns, food issues and farming updates.

If you have a farming or food-related story, email Sarah or call the farming desk on 01473 324827.

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