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Fri, 12:09

A lively debate on how families can destroy farming businesses has helped a young female farmer to appreciate how supportive her parents have been, she said.

Scientists believe they may have come up with a solution to a virus described as “one of the greatest challenges facing pig producers today” which is endemic in most pig-producing countries.

Supermarket giant Morrisons has launched a search for East Anglia’s best food and drink suppliers.

The annual value of European Union (EU) agri-food exports reached a new record in 2016, figures reveal.

Suffolk and Essex have a lot to shout about when it comes to producing top quality food and drink brands which are capturing the world’s attention.

Farmers have raised a lot of questions but “haven’t too many answers” as the UK gears up for Brexit, a conference was told this week.

A farming leader said she was “extremely concerned” about the government position on international trade as Brexit approaches.

Thirteen British farmers - including one from Suffolk - took to the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) conference stage to help deliver a message to the Department for International Trade about the need to defend the industry.

A new report has set out eight research priorities to boost the food and farming sector.

A British farm quality assurance scheme has the chance post-Brexit to behave “more like a brand” but needs the whole industry to get behind it, its chairman says.

Environment secretary Andrea Leadsom has announced bridging payments for farmers still waiting for their full Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) farm subsidy payment for 2016 in a bid to ease cashflows.

Suffolk Farm Machinery Club, which this year celebrates 50 years of its Power in Action event, gave out a host of trophies at its annual dinner on Friday, February 17.

Farming will face reduced production and growth which could lead to more food imports and higher prices if access to migrant labour is closed down post-Brexit, MPs were warned today.

A Suffolk brewery has clinched a string of new contracts for one of its ales.

The Stirling spring sale Charolais supreme champion is heading to Essex after it was snapped up by keen cattle breeders.

A pair of First World War gun tractors will be rolling into East Anglia in April for a vintage spectacular.

The cost of contract disputes ran to nearly £700,000 in 2015/16 among members of the National Farmers’ Union (NFU), it has revealed.

Farmers’ leaders have expressed disappointment after the Department for Transport (DfT) decided to halt increases to tractor and trailer weight regulation.

An Essex crisp maker which grows its own potatoes has bagged contracts with two major Hong Kong-based retail groups.

An exciting performance from the Atkinsons Action Horses, the equine stars of the BBC’s Poldark, leads a thrilling line-up of attractions at this year’s show.

A Suffolk farmer is celebrating after scooping a national award for his solar scheme.

The leader of a conservation farming group is urging the industry to help build public trust in the sector by taking part in an annual showcase event.

UK sugar beet production could rise by 50% annually with the lifting of EU sugar production quotas, according to British Sugar.

The end of EU quotas could allow East Anglia’s sugar beet industry to ramp up production by 50pc and boost its already-significant role in the region’s rural economy.

Seed and agrochemical firm Syngenta will be visiting Bury St Edmunds on Tuesday, February 21, where it will be holding one of a series of national workshops on maize agronomy.

Farming features

Friday, February 10, 2017

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.

It is the traditional focal point of the festive season – but it has taken many years of care and expertise to nurture the perfect crop of Christmas trees.

An extraordinary collection of Stone Age relics unearthed near Burnham Market tells the tale of mankind’s reliance on the land for millennia.

A team of six Norfolk Young Farmers hope to set pulses racing in their pea costumes as they take farming’s message into the City of London on Saturday.

Gallery: From the Archives: Vintage Farm Machinery

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Farm machinery vintage and modern is the focus of the photographer’s lens this week in my archive feature.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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