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A new Suffolk interiors and fashion brand is set to launch itself at the county show next week.

Christmas tree growers from across the world, including from Suffolk, will be in Leicester next week for an annual get-together.

The farmer who played a pivotal role in shaping and modernising the organisation behind next week’s Suffolk Show says he is very thankful for the support he has received.

Regional landowners’ leaders have chosen next week’s Suffolk Show to launch a new campaign highlighting the importance of the countryside in the run-up to the UK’s departure from the European Union (EU).

Hopes are high for a bumper Suffolk Show year, with preparations ahead of schedule and soaring weekend temperatures in the run-up to the two-day event next week.

Students from Easton and Otley College have been putting the final touches to their displays at this year’s Suffolk Show.

Two Suffolk-based chartered surveyors are set to join forces to form a new partnership.

The bank holiday weekend is here and it’s set to be a warm one, but there’s still a chance you might have to swap your bikini or Bermudas for a brollie.

A new dedicated Horse and Country Ring is set to introduce Suffolk Show goers to its equine stars.

More East Anglian growers and producers than ever are set to showcase tempting local produce at the Suffolk Show this year.

The army of supporters who make the Suffolk Show a reality were out in force last week, helping to raise funds for charity at a glittering social evening.

Country Land and Business Association (CLA) East is set to host a general election hustings at this year’s Suffolk Show where those who work in the countryside will get the chance to quiz candidates.

Growers are being advised to be on high alert for Bruchid beetle infestations in their winter bean crops as temperatures soar this weekend.

As the big day approaches, we’ve put together a list of must-do activities and attractions at this year’s Suffolk Show, being held on May 31 and June 1 at Trinity Park in Ipswich. The annual two-day extravaganza will showcase the best of Suffolk’s food, countryside and agricultural heritage, while providing a great half-term day out for families.

The East Anglian facilities of a national meat processing company will be “pivotal” in its continued expansion, according to its chief executive.

Milkshakes created by an Essex-based firm are set to go on sale in 92 Sainsbury’s stores across the UK.

Last week’s rainfall provided some short-term relief for East Anglian farmers – but experts said it has not changed the underlying shortage in rivers and groundwater.

A Suffolk farm worker’s final wish to return artefacts he collected over a lifetime working on an historic estate to the place they were found was honoured this week.

After two-and-a-half inches of rainfall during set-up week, the skies cleared for a sunny 178th Hadleigh Show – enjoyed by a record number of visitors.

Farmers in Suffolk and Essex have been chosen for a national farm trial network, the biggest ever conducted by crop protection firm BASF.

Suffolk Young Farmers on why they love the Suffolk Show and selfies with Prince Harry - and meet the farmer’s daughter born on Suffolk Show day

This year’s Suffolk Agricultural Association (SAA) president Lord Iveagh says he is looking forward to a “great” show later this month.

More than 500 vintage farm and domestic items collected by a Suffolk farmer are set to go under the hammer next month.

Hotel customers are set to toast the ‘friendly invasion’ of Lavenham by US airmen during the Second World War with a new golden ale.

The last time Clydesdale heavy horse judge John Anderson was at the Suffolk Show was in 2012, when the second day was cancelled due to high winds.

Farming features

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Farmers will be digging up their underpants for next month’s Cereals 2017 in Lincolnshire after burying them to gauge soil health.

A Norfolk farmer and entrepreneur will give an insight into agri-tech investment at a contest aiming to turn novel concepts into viable businesses.

The South Suffolk Show is set to offer one of the last chances to see a motorcycle display team before it is disbanded.

A new nature reserve in the Broads that will create refuge for rare migrant species will feature on the BBC’s Countryfile on Sunday.

A major agricultural event is set to focus on helping farmers to “Brexit proof” their businesses as uncertainties about the future continue to dog the industry.

The South Suffolk Show is due to take place on Sunday, May 14, at Ampton Racecourse, just off the A134 near Bury St Edmunds.

A packed programmed of culinary demonstrations are set to stir up the senses at this year’s Suffolk Show.

A Suffolk-made sauce is set to accompany pub meals in the north-west of England.

Wendy Houston describes herself as a “real-life, living and breathing” farmer. It’s a role she’s held for the last 20 years, juggling it with child-rearing and family life.

Four professional singers will perform a selection of favourites from the musicals, Gilbert & Sullivan and opera on Saturday, April 8, at Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford, in aid of farming charity Farming Community Network (FCN).

Verity Sharp says she has no regrets about giving up a well-paid job in London to pursue her dream of running her own farm in north Essex.

A ‘Dig for Victory’ display to motivate Suffolk Show goers to grow their own fruit and vegetables and a beer garden to relax with a craft beer and live music will be among the attractions at one of the event’s most popular attractions.

Land prices peaked around 2015 but since then their fortunes have been less certain. SARAH CHAMBERS asked the experts how the land lies, and whether there is any real certainty about what will happen to them over the next decade.

Lotty Barbour took over the running of the family farm at Cratfield, near Halesworth, following the untimely death of her father 13 years ago.

Logistics boss Bee Kemball this year launches the first Suffolk Show to be run by a woman.

The East of England Co-op pulled out all the stops in March as it celebrated 10 years of its highly successful Sourced Locally initiative, which has brought bigger markets to more than 100 of its local suppliers, and increased its sales year on year. Sarah Chambers was at its annual Producer of the Year awards.

Councillors are trying to reassure members of the community worried about development in the green belt after a farm was put up for sale.

Wednesday’s annual Sentry farming conference at Newmarket brought together six diverse speakers to examine what may be one of UK farming’s toughest periods as we prepare for Brexit. SARAH CHAMBERS reports.

A fledgling food firm started by a budding Essex entrepreneur in his grandma’s kitchen is celebrating after bagging support from Tesco.

A BBC presenter, who describes herself as being a ‘radio nerd’ since a teenager, is chairing a major agricultural event in Harpenden

Farmers are being urged to take half an hour out of their schedules this winter to count and record the wild birds on their farms. The fourth annual Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) Big Farmland Bird Count takes place between Friday, February 3, and Sunday, February 12.

A Roman industrial building dating between 50AD-400AD could lie beneath the fields of a cattle farm earmarked to be turned into a new secondary school, an investigation has shown.

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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