Farming news

Aerial Shot of combine loading barley into trailer and also from the harvester itself

East Anglia/UK: Farmers ‘optimistic’ in spite of falling crop prices

The majority of farmers remain optimistic about future growth in spite of falling crop prices, a survey has found.

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Alan Doe in 2010

Essex: Prominent agricultural machinery dealer Alan Doe dies aged 85

A stalwart of the East Anglian farming community and successful business entrepreneur has died aged 85.

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Combine harvester collecting the wheat

Price drops dampen harvest optimism

Falling commodity prices have put a dampener on high hopes for this year’s harvest in East Anglia.

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Market parking row

East Anglia: Norwich Livestock Market parking row intensifies

The war of words intensified this week between the directors of Norwich Livestock Market and site owner Graham Dacre.

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Harvest time, by: Janice Poulson

Gallery: Fields of wheat and barley are being harvested after warm start to the summer

After several weeks of warm weather, the crops are ripe for the picking and farmers are hard at work acorss the region.

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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.

If you have a farming or food-related story, click here to email Sarah or call the farming desk on 01473 324827.

Farming features

Neil Lanham who is a member of the Suffolk Branch of the Central Association of Agricultural Values and is also involved in Traditions of Suffolk. Neil is pictured at home in Botesdale.

Farming feature: Retired auctioneer Neil Lanham and his tales at the bend in the road

Neil Lanham, 76, is a retired auctioneer who has been fascinated all his life by the folk traditions and colourful metaphorical language of his native Suffolk.

His interest has led to a unique collection of recordings and DVDs which provide a window onto a vanishing world, as SARAH CHAMBERS found out.

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Mark Donsworth and Christopher Clarke are gearing up for the show's 120th anniversary.

Farming feature: Celebrated Framlingham Horse Show leaps into its 120th year at brisk canter

Every year, Mark Donsworth, chairman of the Framlingham Livestock Association, repeats a ritual.

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Members of the Essex Dog Display team perform at the Suffolk Dog Day at Helmingham Hall on Sunday, 28 July.

Helmingham: Canines take the lead at Suffolk Dog Day in July

Talented dogs will be showing off their skills at a growing annual country show.

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David Tydeman with aroundchildren from Needham Market middle school being shown around his farm.

Farming feature: Middle schools shake-up signals end of an era at Stonham Aspal farm

For nearly 40 years, farmer David Tydeman of Stonham Aspal has been hosting annual school visits from Needham Market Middle School after joining an initiative started by the East Anglian Daily Times in the 1970s to help children learn about where their food comes from. This term, that tradition comes to an end with the phasing out of the county’s middle schools. SARAH CHAMBERS paid him a visit.

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Marans

My favourites

Our writers choose their favourite breeds, and explain why they made these choices. This month: Jeremy Hobson

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