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Pupils from Great Barton C of E Primary Academy choosing the plants they will planting in their Show Garden at the Suffolk Show.

Primary school pupils from across the county will be showcasing their skills in gardening and landscape design at this year’s Suffolk Show.

The Suffolk Show 2015 - 
The grand parade.

The Suffolk Show has been a regular fixture on the calendars of generations of families and as this year’s event approaches, we thought we would test your knowledge of shows past and present.

Sponsorship and trade stand bookings for this year'’s Suffolk Show are both at record levels

Organisers of the Suffolk Show are looking forward to a bumper event this year as sponsorship and trade stand bookings reach record levels.

Mick Mulley, Terry Bryant and Chris Sewell marking their 25th work anniversary with Thurlow Nunn Standen Ltd in 1991

Some of the stalwarts of Suffolk’s farming community are set to be recognised at this year’s Suffolk Show.

A large crowd watching the Royal Signals Motorcycle Display Team, The White Helmets at the Hadleigh Show.

A rich display of agricultural heritage was once again on display as the Hadleigh Show returned for its 177th edition.

Paul Rous of Dennington Hall Farms, who has been elected as the new Country Land and Business Assocation (CLA) Suffolk chair.

Paul Rous of Dennington Hall Farms has taken over as chairman of the CLA’s Suffolk Branch Committee.

Bethany Foster will be on the Cookery Theatre stage at this year's Suffolk Show.

The names of a host of top chefs from across East Anglia who will be staging live cookery demonstrations to Suffolk Show-goers this year have been revealed.

Suffolk Agricultural Association president John Wall at his farm in Framlingham.

Framlingham farmer John Wall this year succeeded East Anglian Daily Times editor Terry Hunt as president of the Suffolk Agricultural Association.

William Hudson from Hodmedod.

A Halesworth-based food firm has scooped an organic accolade.

Farmers are getting the raw end of the deal when it comes to superfast broadband rollout, according to an NFU report.

Farmers are missing out on the roll-out of superfast broadband, with just 4% having access to it, a study has found.

The NFU was hoping to persuade DEFRA to allow farmers emergency use of neonicotinoids to combat pest infestations.

A bid to allow UK farmers hit by cabbage stem flea beetle infestations emergency use of neonicotinoid seed treatments has been rejected by Farming Minister George Eustice.

Suffolk Farming School of the Year 2016 semi-finals. Sandlings Primary School looking at the JCBs.

Around 100 pupils battled it out at Trinity Park yesterday to reach the final of the Suffolk Farming School of the Year competition.

Writtle University College

An Essex college specialising in animal and horticulture qualifications will be able to award its own degrees from next year.

USAF fighter planes from RAF Lakenheath taken from a C130 Hercules

Almost £250,000 has been paid out in compensation for damage, injuries and loss of livestock caused by low flying military aircraft in East Anglia over the past five years, figures show.

UK farmers have seen their profits squeezed by a number of factors.

The total income from UK farming fell by a “staggering” 29% in 2015, with a loss of more than £1.5billion, according to figures released by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) yesterday.

Lord Deben speaking at a farm Brexit  debate hosted by Farm Community Network at Debenham Community Centre.

No British government would give farming the backing it enjoys under the European Union (EU), Suffolk farmers were warned this month.

Charles Smith, chief executive, Farming Community Network.

Farmer stress is on the rise in Suffolk and Essex as farm debt mounts, a charity has warned.

A child gets up close to farm marchinery at the Suffolk Show.

Organisers of this year’s Suffolk Show will be inviting visitors to sit on tractors and take a ‘felfie’ - or farming selfie - as they introduce more interactive elements to the event’s farm machinery displays.

The British Sugar factory in Bury St Edmunds.

British Sugar and Primark owner Association British Foods (ABF) has reported a 4% increase in first half pre-tax profits to £466million, despite a 2% dip in revenues to £6.117billion.

The NFU council has decided on its stance in the Brexit debate.

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) says its members’ interests are best served by staying in the European Union - but it won’t be actively campaigning in the referendum.

Elizabeth Ranelagh, Farm Conservation  Adviser.

Support for a voluntary farming conservation campaign is more vital than ever after it suffered deep cuts to its budget, farmers’ leaders have stressed.

Gallery:Suffolk Young Farmers’ Country Fair

Sunday, April 17, 2016
Suffolk Young Farmers' Country Fair at East Farm Park  
World record attempt of opps upside your head

A world record attempt was on the cards as young farmers across Suffolk got together at an annual country fair.

Land at Grove Farm, Blaxhall, which is being offered up for sale through Clarke and Simpson with an overall guide price of £1.55 million.

The sale of four blocks of bare land will provide “an interesting benchmark” in determining how land prices will fare later this year, a land agent suggests.

The Suffolk Agricultural Association took tractors to Jimmys Farm on Wednesday as part of the Tractors in Schools programme.

Children were given the chance to get up close to a working tractor over the Easter holidays as part of a scheme pioneered by the organisers of the Suffolk Show.

An NFU report on the implications of a possible Brexit has painted a mixed picture of the consequences.

A report commissioned by farmers’ leaders into the possible effects of a Brexit has painted a mixed picture.

Farming features

Friday, May 20, 2016
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.

Pigs from Simon Watchorn's herd at Earsham, near Bungay.

Fears have been raised that pig producers could be forced to sell their herds and quit the sector after a crash in prices left their industry at crisis point.

Richard Barker, solicitor and Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) expert

A top Suffolk lawyer has been called on to help Brussels bureaucrats to cut red tape around the European Union’s (EU) farm subsidy regime.

Juice maker’s upmarket rebrand

Saturday, February 20, 2016
Clive Williamson, owner of juice maker Maynard House

A premium Suffolk juice maker whose products feature in some of the country’s top hotels and restaurants has adopted a new name and a new look.

Martin Harvey, president of the British Pest Control Association

Farmers in Hertfordshire are being given the chance to find out what changes to pest control regulations will mean for them.

The Thelma Hulbert Gallery

The secret world of soil will be uncovered at Honiton-based Thelma Hulbert Gallery’s newest exhibition.

Norfolk Farming Conference 2016

A government minister will lead the debate as hundreds of farmers gather in Norwich today to discuss the economic challenges facing their industry – and its positive commercial opportunities.

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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