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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Growers will need to change their strategies to cope with a new potato blight strain now discovered in Suffolk and other parts of the UK, an expert has warned.

Suffolk farmers came down emphatically in favour of spreading cuts in farm subsidies across all farm sizes at a meeting this week.

Farmer John Taylor’s six year reign as chair of the committee which organises the Suffolk Agricultural Association’s (SAA) flagship schools event ended on a high this week.

Organisers of one of the region’s biggest showcases of rural entertainment have issued a “last chance” appeal for visitors to book discounted tickets before Monday’s deadline.

A ex business analyst and former police officer will be among a college team aiming to create a garden display based around upcycling and recycling for this year’s Suffolk Show.

Thousands of schoolchildren descended on the home of the Suffolk Show as it basked in glorious sunshine at a unique celebration of the county’s farming roots.

Rural dwellers are being urged to have their say on countryside matters by taking part in a national survey before it closes on Wednesday, April 18.

East Anglian farmers are facing frustrating delays in getting their spring crops planted because of the wet spring weather.

Frustrated East Anglian potato growers have seen planting delayed due to the wet conditions this April.

A Suffolk care farm scheme which helps adults with learning disabilities, acquired brain injuries or other mental health problems is celebrating after being shortlisted for a National Lottery windfall.

Pig farmers from East Anglia will be among those descending on the British Pig and Poultry Fair when it takes place at Stoneleigh in Warwickshire on May 15 and 16.

Livestock and dairy farmers are under pressure after being hit by feed shortages as a result of wet weather.

A not-for-profit rural project is hoping to bring hyperfast broadband into rural parts of north Suffolk.

Rendham dairy farmers James and Emma Strachan launched Birds & Bees Campsite last year, but this year will be their first full season. They spoke to Sarah Chambers

An Ipswich-based farm management firm has a new head.

There is a reluctance to convert to organic farming in East Anglia, despite the obvious financial benefits, a prominent Suffolk organic farmer claims.

Sugar beet growers are celebrating a bumper crop from their 2017/18 campaign.

A Suffolk food manufacturer says it will be making a concerted effort to get more women to take up manufacturing and engineering roles in a bid to bridge the gender pay gap in the sector.

Countryside entertainment ranging from dancing diggers to dog agility will be on display as an annual rural showcase returns for its 15th year later this month.

Scores of jobs are under threat at the region’s leading agricultural college.

The Red Tractor assurance scheme is planning a new campaign in a bid to raise public awareness of the standards which underpin the logo.

Potato growers are being warned to change their blight control strategies this season to combat the spread of an aggressive fungicide-resistant strain of the disease which has reached Suffolk.

Rural businesses from Suffolk and Essex have been named among the regional winners in the annual Countryside Alliance Awards.

A self-catering holiday complex based on a farm in Suffolk has been named among the finalists in the 2018 VisitEngland Awards for Excellence.

Suffolk farmers Emma and James Strachan were left devastated by the death of their second child as a result of complications during childbirth. Eventually, they got help and say the couples counselling they received was invaluable. But the traumatic experience caused them to reassess everything,including how they farmed. Sarah Chambers reports

Farming features

Monday, April 16, 2018

From an office in Halesworth, a computer screen is displaying exactly what is happening at a series of pig units thousands of miles away in America.

An Essex food firm will be showcasing three of its top brands at the Food & Drink Expo at Birmingham NEC on April 16 to 18.

Younger farmers must be brought up through the ranks to enable the UK’s farming sector to succeed after Brexit, a professional body says.

This year’s Suffolk Show is set to celebrate its longstanding military associations at one of its most popular annual attractions.

On November 1, 2017, Brian Barker’s farm at Westhorpe, near Stowmarket, became the Agricultural Horticultural Development Board’s (AHDB) first Strategic Farm for Cereals and Oilseeds in the UK. This month he looks at the amazing geology beneath his feet.

Suffolk Agricultural Association members were jubilant this week as the farming charity celebrated an impressive improvement in financial performance across the board.

Some of the most dangerous tasks and activities on farms will feature at a Health & Safety in Farming roadshow in Suffolk.

East Anglia’s land agents see farming evolving further into a highly professionalised industry with a high degree of technical expertise. Sarah Chambers reports on their predictions for farming in 
the mid-2020s and beyond

Norwich scientists will aim to build closer links with industry by highlighting the ground-breaking research, technology and collaborative opportunities at the John Innes Centre (JIC).

Bury St Edmunds pig consultant looks at what the future may hold for East Anglia’s pig farmers from the mid 2020s

‘Going to market’ has become more complex for farmers over recent years and the margins squeezed. The future prosperity of UK agriculture lies in better utilisation of its resources to manage and meet market needs profitably. Dr Belinda Clarke, director of Agri-Tech East, looks at current trends to predict the near future for agri-tech

National Farmers’ Union (NFU) vice president Guy Smith on past attempts to predict the future and his own view of what the farming industry might look like in a decade or so’s time

As Easton and Otley College prepares to host an event promoting farming’s ‘human capital’, its apprenticeship ambassador, Nicole Currie, argues that it pays for farmers to invest in staff as well as their ‘big kit’. However, too many are neglecting this vital part of their business which will be crucial for its future viability, she says

Farmers still awaiting money from an EU-funded subsidy scheme have been told they will receive “bridging payments” to help their cash flow.

In December 2017, Muntons boss Alan Ridealgh announced he would be handing over the reins to his understudy, Mark Tyldesley. Sarah Chambers caught up with Alan as he prepares to take on an ambassadorial role with the family-run malt business which has led the way on sustainable growth.

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.

Water resources for farmers in East Suffolk will be under the national spotlight this year after the area was selected as one of four pilot catchments for a new government plan.

Water resources in East Suffolk will be under the spotlight in the new year, as it has been selected as one of four national pilot catchments in a new government water plan.

The chance to take home the finest and freshest centrepiece for Christmas dinner will bring hundreds of bidders to traditional poultry auctions across Norfolk this week.

Around 280 birds, including Bronze, Norfolk Black, White, Lavender, Narragansett and Bourbon Red turkeys, will go under the hammer at Diss on Thursday, December 21, as auctioneers TW Gaze stages its annual Christmas Poultry Show.

Norfolk’s poultry heritage will get a prime-time TV airing after the BBC’s Countryfile crew filmed turkeys and geese for a pre-Christmas episode.

A celebrated Suffolk delicatessen is set for a rebrand.

A family farm in Sprowston is set to enjoy some TV limelight after a CBeebies film crew went behind the scenes to show children how fruit is grown.

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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