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Mark Pendlington (Trustee of the Prince’s Countryside Fund and Chairman of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership); Robert Sheasby (Regional Director for East Anglia, NFU); Robert Rous (Chair, Suffolk Agricultural Association & Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Suffolk); Lady Euston (Clare, Countess of Euston, Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of Suffolk); Claire Saunders (Director, Princes Countryside Fund); David Barker MBE (Chair, Suffolk Greenest County); Claire Saunders, director for The Princes Countryside Fund; Deborah Cadman OBE (Chief Executive Officer, Suffolk County Council)

More than 200 rural leaders gathered for a Rural Summit in Ipswich earlier this month which also saw the launch of the Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme in the East of England.

Farmer Robert Raven of White House Farm, Henstead.

Farmers are well accustomed to their fortunes resembling a non-stop rollercoaster ride, but the track ahead looks even steeper and more unpredictable than ever.

All the winners from the competitions, including the Suffolk Agricultural Associations Agricultural Apprentice of the Year, the Suffolk Farming School of the Year, the BALE Award and the Suffolk Farms Business Competition, pictured at the Suffolk Agricultural Awards evening, held at Trinity Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, United Kingdom on 20-October-2016.
Picture: Stephen Waller

East Anglian farmers enjoyed a night of celebration on Thursday as they vied for some of Suffolk’s and the region’s most coveted sector awards. SARAH CHAMBERS was at Trinity Park in Ipswich as the gongs were handed out to their delighted recipients at Suffolk Agricultural Association’s glittering annual Awards Dinner event.

A visitor peers inside Aspall's new apple press plant during a tour of the new facility.

A cider and vinegar maker will host a behind-the-scenes tour of its operation as part of a series of region-wide events marking Agri-Tech Week next month.

Derek Burgoyne of BioCow, Carole Benson of National Grid Gas Distribution Ltd, and Phil Gerrard and Gerry Keegan of Privilege Finance at the launch of the Ellough AD plant.

East Anglia’s biggest gas-to-grid crop anaerobic digestion (AD) plant, based on the Suffolk/Norfolk border, was launched this week.

Dr Zoe Rutterford of ProCam.

Eastern England could see a surge in the planting of spring crops in 2017, a crop adviser in the region is predicting.

Wheat and barley yields in the UK are failing to keep pace with increasing production elsewhere, says the NFU. 		Photo: David Brooker

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) is calling for a stronger focus on crop research after its annual harvest survey revealed a decline in yields.

An aerial view of a combine harvester working in a field.
Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The proportion of Group 1 variety samples hitting the high-quality bread wheat specification this year is the highest for a decade, according to the latest provisional results of the AHDB (Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board) Cereals Quality Survey.

Praise for a pie – Gill Mortimer and Bishop Martin like the look of the latest offering from the Metfield Village Kitchen and Pie Company using pork from pig farmer Peter Mortimer’s 200 sow herd. PHOTO: Brian Chester

Suffolk’s leading bishop has spoken of the financial risks and challenges faced by the county’s farmers after meeting representatives of rural industries.

The new team of partners at Stanfords, from left, Chris Leney, Graham Ellis, David Brooks and Stephen Knight.

The Colchester-based team of chartered surveyors, land agents and auctioneers firm Stanfords has doubled in size after joining forces with the Suffolk office of Robinson & Hall (R&H).

Dennis Dyball, photographed in 2003.

Suffolk farmer Dennis Dyball, a former president of the Suffolk Agricultural Association and former chairman of Mid Suffolk District Council, has died at the age of 91.

Tim Pratt, farm manager at Wantisden Hall Farms near Woodbridge.
Photo: Tim Scrivener

Tim Pratt from Wantisden Hall Farms in Suffolk has been named Farm Manager of the Year at the 2016 Farmers Weekly Awards.

Pumpkins at Foxes Farm Produce in Aldham, Colchester. Owners Emily and Gary French are pictured.

A pumpkin patch in north Essex has made sure it is fully prepared for Halloween later this month with a bumper haul of the seasonal fruit.

EASS Shepherd Neal Rouse in action at Ickworth Park

Hundreds of spectators flocked to Ickworth Park today to enjoy a day of sheepdog trials.

On the straight and narrow at Fornham St Martin on Sunday during the furrow drawing ploughing competition at Hall Farm

Ploughmen - and women - from all over East Anglia and beyond demonstrated their skills in a competition held near Bury St Edmunds today.

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.

Farming features

Sunday, October 9, 2016
Ben Underwood, regional director of the Country Land & Business Association.

Farmers and landowners across the region are enduring confusing, slow and obstructive planning rules – more than a year after the Government pledged to update them.

Potato lifting in a field at Terrington St Clement. Picture: Ian Burt

A new harvest event in Norwich will celebrate Norfolk’s position as a powerhouse of UK food production – and to give city consumers the chance to ask growers how they produce the county’s bounty.

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 Agricultural 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.

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.

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.

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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