Farming news

Fairfields Farm Crisps and Kelly Bronze Turkeys have joined forces to create a new turkey, sage and onion crisp flavour crisp for Christmas.

Expert opinion: Development land: windfall or pitfall?

Kerry Addison, partner at Barker Gotelee Solicitors, Martlesham Heath, Ipswich, says preparation is crucial when embarking on a development land deal.

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Angus & Sally Scobie of E E Ulph & Co Ltd, winners of the BALE award presented by Jonathan Long, Agricultural Partner at Ashton KCJ.
Suffolk Agricultural Awards Dinner on 23-October-2014 at Trinity Park
Picture: Stephen Waller

Awards night celebrates enterprising farmers

Farmers from Hampshire were full of praise for Suffolk’s agricultural sector at a celebration of the county’s and region’s farm businesses on Thursday.

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NFU vice president Guy Smith, who farms at St Osyth, near Clacton, describes the Andersons report on the growing restrictions on PPPs as

UK: Andersons report raises fears that availability of UK apples, carrots and peas could be hit by growing restrictions on chemicals

The availability of British foods could be drastically reduced because of growing restrictions on the use of certain chemicals to control weeds, disease and pests, a controversial report has warned.

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Sally and Angus Scobie from Whites Farm in White Colne

Suffolk Agricultural Association: Fruit farmers Angus and Sally Scobie are pick of bunch at BALE farm diversifications awards

A fruit and flower farm which blossomed into a nursery school, retail outlet, fencing company and contract hire swimming pool was the pick of the bunch at a regional awards event celebrating East Anglia’s top diversification projects last night.

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grazier justin hammond at lackford

Bury St Edmunds/Ipswich/Brentwood: Lackford grazier Justin Hammond among finalists in British Farming Awards

A livestock farmer who turned his life around to run his own conservation grazing herds of sheep and cattle will be among the contestants battling it out at a national farming awards event tonight.

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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

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Havering’s eyebrow-raising animal rescue incidents revealed by London Fire Brigade

Stories about cats stuck up trees are often mocked as the mainstay of local journalism – so it turns out we’ve been neglecting our trade in recent years.

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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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