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Oliver Holloway, partner at Clarke and Simpson

Opinion: Commodities and farmland prices

OLIVER HOLLOWAY, partner at Clarke and Simpson, gives his view on the land market

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Jack Wood who is 16, from Tiptree, who is working at Upsons Mowers in Maldon, with his employer Duncan Ninnis.

East Anglia/Tiptree: EDGE apprenticeship scheme celebrates its 300th work placement

An industry-led apprenticeship scheme encouraging young people into careers in agriculture is celebrating its 300th placement.

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Suffolk Agricultural Association's county ball, held every three years at Trinity Par,k raised more than £30,000.

Suffolk Agricultural Association’s summer ball raises more than £30,000 for charity

Generous party goers to the Suffolk Agricultural Association’s (SAA) summer ball raised more than £30,000 which has been distributed between three regional charities.

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Angus Crowther is set to lose about half his Entry Level Stewardship farm subsidy payments but has decided to stay in the environmental scheme, which pays farmers to keep wildlife margins.

East Anglia/Sible Hedingham: FWAG East urges farmers to plough on with stewardship schemes

A farming conservation body is urged farmers to plough on with their Entry Level Stewardship (ELS) schemes despite funding cuts.

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Harry Brightwell, secretary of the British Christmas Tree Growers’ Association, who is based at Fynn Valley Farm, Tuddenham St Martin, Ipswich

UK/Tuddenham St Martin: High stakes as Christmas tree growers bid for Downing Street accolade

Christmas tree growers from around the UK are bidding for the chance to present the tree which will take pride of place at the official residence of the Prime Minister this festive season.

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Sarah Chambers


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.

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Farming features

Liz Truss

UK/East Anglia: Truss attack on solar farms ‘misguided’ says CLA

Environment secretary Liz Truss has come under fire after hitting out at large-scale solar farms.

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Birketts chief executive Jonathan Agar.

East Anglia: Birketts chief executive Jonathan Agar reflects on his first year at the helm

Jonathan Agar joined Ipswich-based law firm Birketts as chief executive in 2013 in its 150th anniversary year. Sarah Chambers caught up with him to get his thoughts after a year at the helm.

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Agri Tech week 2014: Dr Belinda Clarke, Director of Agri-Tech East (left), talks to farm staff about agri-tech innovations

Agri-Tech Week 2014 will discuss how technology can revolutionise farming

Agri-Tech Week 2014 aims to show how farming, science and technology can combine to improve production and competitiveness.

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Suffolk County Councillor James Finch, helped by others, has been looking at how to implement a new policy for the council's County Farms Estate. 
Cllr James Finch at White Horse Farm in Capel St Mary.

Farming feature: Suffolk farms reform to fit county-owned farmland to wider council aims

Suffolk County Council this year announced a shake-up of its county farms. Now it is launching a support package for potential applicants seeking tenancies on the County Farms Estate. SARAH CHAMBERS spoke to councillor James Finch, who has been leading the initiative.

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Birketts 10th Anniversary. (L to r) Melissa Loucas
Adrian Possener, Jeanette Wheeler, Robert Gibbs, John Scannell, Paul Matthews, Max Roessler, Neil Sparrow, Jack Royall and Matthew Newnham
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

East Anglian law firm Birketts looks back on decade in city

East Anglian law firm Birketts is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Norwich office. Business editor Ben Woods caught up with chief executive Jonathan Agar to find out more about the firm’s rich history.

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