Farming news

Neil Macro won the heaviest pumpkin at last weekend's Orford, Sudbourne and Gedgrave Flower Show and Fete with his 245lbs pumpkin and also took prizes for his marrow.

Orford: Fisherman’s whopping pumpkin tips the scales

Orford fisherman Neil Macro lived up to his surname by cultivating a jumbo pumpkin – weighing in at a hefty 245lbs and easily winning this year’s village growing competition for heaviest in its field.

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James Kiddy of Yole Farm in Balsham

South Suffolk Crop Competition draws near-record entry

A crop competition has attracted a near-record entry, despite an outbreak of blackgrass which hit many farms, organisers say.

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UK: Ruling due on badger cull challenge

The High Court will rule today on an 11th-hour challenge to a government decision to let the latest badger cull go ahead without monitoring by a panel of independent experts.

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Lindsey Lodge Farm is taking part in Red Tractor Week. From left: Romona Pavel, James Bendell, Emily Johnson and, in the wheelbarrow, Kimonie Sturgeon.

Suffolk: Firms on board for food assurance initiative

A selection of Suffolk suppliers will be part of a national scheme promoting the importance of including quality produce on our shopping lists.

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Sally Watts of Clarke & Simpson

Farming Comment: Sally Watts on the ‘greening’ measures required under the new CAP reforms

Although the new Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) will not come into force until January 1, 2015, farmers need to plan now in respect of the “greening” Ecological Focus Area (EFA) options for their 2015 cropping plans.

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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

Belinda Clarke

Agri-Tech Week to highlight innovation

Within the foreseeable future, if agricultural productivity does not increase, we might have insufficient land to feed our growing population. This was the chilling finding of a report The Best Use of UK Agricultural Land issued earlier this year.

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Alexander O'Neal will perform at this year's Havering Show

Havering Show line-up revealed

Fans of soul, disco and ska music will be digging out their dancing shoes after seeing the line-up for this year’s Havering Show.

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Banham Zoo's Martin Goymour.

Passion drives on man behind Banham Zoo and Africa Alive

It is his beloved zoos that are the real passion of Martin Goymour – “Dinosaur Adventure is about having fun” – and the reason last year he took the far-sighted decision to transfer them out of the family business into a charitable trust.

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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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