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Yesterday, 10:24

Severe winds and safety concerns have forced the closure of a major farm machinery show in Peterborough this morning.

A Suffolk free range egg producer has welcomed a tightening of restrictions to prevent the spread of bird flu in England, but fears an outbreak in the domestic bird population is imminent.

East Anglian supermarket chain the East of England Co-op is set to tour the region on a tractor promoting local produce.

Supplying our local pub and restaurant tables with freshly caught fish and shellfish, including Deben mussels and oysters.

A bird flu prevention zone has been declared across the whole of England after the disease was found in wild birds in Warwickshire.

British Sugar and Primark owner Associated British Foods (AB Foods) has cheered record festive sales at the low-cost fashion chain, but warned that sugar revenues would suffer from plunging prices.

A Suffolk farmer is calling on the government to do more to combat bovine TB and adopt a better test for detecting it to prevent its spread.

Global forces are continuing to keep grain prices down as world grain stocks reach near record levels, according to an Ipswich-based grain, seed and fertiliser merchant.

An East Anglian landowners’ leader has called on the government to explain how it is planning to pump-prime research, development and training to boost farming productivity and profitability.

The head of a farming charity has been praised for his “tremendous contribution” as he quit the role to take up another post.

East Anglian farmers’ leaders have welcomed improvements to a farm conservation subsidy scheme but warned it was still “over-prescriptive” and this could put off some farmers.

After tense negotiations, sometimes verging on the farcical, between our political leaders and their counterparts in Brussels, 2017 closed with a much needed breakthrough in talks over the Brexit deal.

The Processors and Growers Research Organisation (PGRO) and Syngenta roadshow will be in Suffolk this month.

Bird flu has been detected in wild birds in Dorset, with more expected over the coming days.

Researchers are continuing to make strides in helping UK potato growers to get the best crop with the least environmental impact as a nationally-significant Suffolk farm project reached the end of its second year, farmers were told this week.

East Anglian farming leaders have welcomed the prime minister’s pledge that Brexit will not lead to a lowering of UK environmental standards – but demanded more clarity on how the government’s green goals will be achieved.

Chelmsford Diocese will be celebrating Plough Sunday at Thaxted Parish Church on Sunday (January 14) at 11am.

A Suffolk farming family has been selected to star in a TV advertising campaign telling the nation when they eat their “perfect bowl” of breakfast cereal.

Rural businesses in south Suffolk and north Essex are being urged to take up offers of help in securing EU grant aid to increase their productivity and growth.

National Farmers’ Union (NFU) East’s regional director is set to step down to take up a new role leading an agri-supply trade association.

Incoming National Farmer’s Union regional director for East Anglia, Robert Sheasby, had a busy winter ahead of him getting to know the farmers who make up his membership. SARAH CHAMBERS met up with him in December 2015 as he began his task.

National Farmers’ Union (NFU) East regional director Robert Sheasby has been appointed chief executive of agri-supply trade association the Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC).

Technological change won’t provide the swift answers UK agriculture needs to address its problems, a farmers’ leader has warned.

A protein-rich ‘superfood’ almost unheard of in the UK until about five years ago is taking off as a British ingredient after being grown successfully in Suffolk and Essex.

Farming features

Mon, 10:24

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.

Food, farming and the “water of life” will take centre stage in Ely Cathedral during its annual harvest festival weekend.

A record number of East Anglian food and drink firms will pitch their products to major retail buyers as an annual industry showcase returns to Norwich.

A bumper Bank Holiday crowd is expected as one of Norfolk’s biggest traditional rural showcases returns to Blickling Park today.

Glorious sunshine and the chance to learn about farming livestock, watch racing sheep and daring motorcyclists brought record numbers to one of the country’s longest running agricultural shows this weekend.

Research commissioned by landowners’ lobby group the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) suggests most people think the government should invest in the countryside.

There must be hundreds of roadside and farm gate stalls up and down the country selling everything from fruit and veg to firewood with an honesty box for payment.

MasterChef co-presenter Gregg Wallace will be cooking up a treat at The Game Fair in Hatfield.

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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