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NFU president Meurig Raymond.

Farmers’ leaders have lodged an official complaint over the use of so-called ‘fake’ farm branding by retailers on some food products.

ESWAG and Suffolk Agricultural Association hosted a conference on water.

The important contribution growers make to the Suffolk coastal economy was highlighted at a conference earlier this month.

A photo showing the dog worrying the cattle on the private grazing land bordering Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s Carlton Marshes nature reserve

People are being asked to contact the police if they see dogs off their leads in the Suffolk countryside chasing livestock or disturbing wildlife.

Tendring Show, Lawford House Park, Manningtree. Supreme Beef Cattle Champion winners. Left to right, Will Ketley, Ben Ketley, Lucas Day, Josh Ketley and Gerald Ketley.

A long-time supporter of Tendring Show’s livestock competitions lifted the supreme prize in the beef cattle contest on Saturday.

European Union Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan.

UK farmers will continue to have full access to European Union subsidy support schemes and the EU internal market until Article 50 talks are completed, a high-ranking EU official has confirmed.

The NFU was hoping to persuade DEFRA to allow farmers emergency use of neonicotinoids to combat pest infestations.

New applications by farmers to use pesticides banned over concerns about their impacts on bees have been turned down.

The Dunmow Young Farmers girls tug-of-war team in action.

After all the excitement of the Essex Young Farmers Show back in May, June has been a more relaxed month before harvest starts – but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been busy.

Thousands of people flocked to Christchurch Park for Ipswich Music Day 2016 on Sunday July 3rd.

Thousands of people are taking advantage of the warm weather to descend on Ipswich’s Christchurch Park for one of the biggest events in the town’s summer calendar.

Thousands of people visited the Heveningham Hall Country Fare over the weekend of July 2nd and 3rd.
Martin Dunnett with his Ford Zodiac.

A host of classic cars – including Ferraris, Jaguars and Aston Martins – made their debut at the 20th annual Heveningham Hall Country Fair this weekend.

The Suffolk Young Farmers 2016 Muck Move.

The end is in sight for the county office staff, with recent weeks really showing just how busy Young Farmers can be.

Tom Glover, this year's Tendring Show president, pictured in Thorrington.

The Tendring Show, which this year takes place on Saturday, July 9, is one of the biggest events on the Essex farming calendar. SARAH CHAMBERS spoke to farmer Tom Glover, of Thorrington, who is this year’s president.

Adam Scott, Essex county adviser for the National Farmers' Union.

Adam Scott, NFU county adviser for Essex and secretary to the NFU’s regional livestock board, highlights the risk of bluetonge disease returning to England this summer.

Robert Sheasby, East Anglia regional director at the Natinoal Farmers' Union.

The Government must ensure that British agriculture is not disadvantaged following the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, the National Farmers’ Union’s leader in East Anglia said today.

Student James Huscroft with Bob Craddock, innovation manager at Edme.

North Essex-based ingredients company Edme has underlined its commitment to encouraging young people into the food science sector.

Nick and Joan Hardingham are leaving Alder Carr Farm in Creeting St Mary behind to go to Uganda to volunteer on an agricultural training project.

Thirty-five years ago Nick and Joan Hardingham bought a small pocket of Suffolk farmland to satisfy their passion for growing.

Bishop Martin and Bishop MIke learning about anaerobic digestion with farmer George Gittus.

Farmers have been praised by a Suffolk bishop for their entrepreneurial drive and passionate commitment to the county’s agricultural economy amid tough market conditions where they are not paid realistic prices for much of the food they produce.

Easton and Otley College competed in the finals of the ‘Cereals Challenge’ at the 2016 Cereals event in Cambridgeshire.

Easton and Otley College says it’s determined to reclaim its crown next year after narrowly missing out on its third win in a row at a crop growing challenge.

The 100th Tendring Hundred Show - Heavy horse judging

The Future of Farming is the theme for this year’s Tendring Hundred Show.

Schoolchildren at the Essex Schools Food and Farming Day at Writtle College.

Essex youngsters got to see farmers and what they produce up close today at an event aimed at educating them about where their food comes from.

Stephen Cobbald presenting his trophies to winners Beth Maskell of Brett Valley (left) and Alice Partridge of Hadleigh (right) at the Suffolk Show.

The Suffolk Show came around so quickly this year and the weather was not going to stop the young farmers from enjoying themselves, writes Suffolk Young Farmers co-ordinator Tory Lugsden.

Always time to prank the national vice chair, Edward Ford.

The end of May saw Essex Young Farmers putting on our annual country show in Roxwell, with a record attendance of more than 14,400 visitors, writes Beth Speakman.

Heath Farm in Hessett - Open Farm Sunday. Grace Davies (9) and Katie Mitcham-Henry with Benny the sheep.

Farms across the region opened their gates to the public today, with thousands of families enjoying the sun and learning about agriculture on Open Farm Sunday.

The winningTendring Hundred Farmers’ Club cricket team.

Tendring Hundred Farmers’ Club is celebrating after winning a charity cricket match for the second year running.

Teresa Cook with her Gloucester Old Spot, Supreme Champion at the Suffolk Show

A pig reared at Snape became the county’s first winner of a supreme interbreed award at the Suffolk Show on Thursday.

Easton and Otley College farming students getting ready for competition at the Suffolk Show.

Students from Easton and Otley College are celebrating after picking up a clutch of awards at the Suffolk Show this week.

Farming features

Yesterday, 06:25
Richard McMullen, a conservation adviser with Norfolk FWAG, pictured at High Ash Farm, Caistor St Edmund. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

After being “humbled” by a lifetime achievement award, a respected farm wildlife adviser reveals some of the techniques he uses to persuade commercial growers to employ conservation measures on their land.

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Four restaurants in Suffolk feature in SquareMeal’s top 100 in the UK, as voted by reviewers and customers.

Royal Norfolk Show 2016. Showground maintenance supervisor Chris Melton and his son Daniel Melton put up the RNAA flag.

From parachute displays to heavy horses in the Grand Ring, there is lots to look forward to at this year’s Royal Norfolk Show.

Open Farm Sunday at Somerleyton in 2015.

East Anglian farms will throw open their gates to the public this weekend, giving thousands of visitors the chance to experience, enjoy and understand the workings of the countryside.

A team of knitters have created a model of Stokey Common out of wool - and it's being included in the Chelsea Fringe Festival (Picture: Ken Mears)

A knitting group who recreated Stoke Newington Common out of wool will be offering “guided tours” of their model for the Chelsea Fringe Festival.

Many happy returns: Thousands of schoolchildren widhing Hwer Majesty a happy birthday during the School Farm and Country Fair at Trinity Park

Thousands of Suffolk schoolchildren paid tribute to the Queen on her 90th birthday yesterday as they celebrated their rural roots.

Action from the 2015 Hadleigh Show

Stunt riders, amazing animals and the obligatory host of farm machinery will all be present at one the country’s longest running one-day agricultural shows when it returns on the third weekend of May.

Pigs from Simon Watchorn's herd at Earsham, near Bungay.

Fears have been raised that pig producers could be forced to sell their herds and quit the sector after a crash in prices left their industry at crisis point.

Richard Barker, solicitor and Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) expert

A top Suffolk lawyer has been called on to help Brussels bureaucrats to cut red tape around the European Union’s (EU) farm subsidy regime.

Juice maker’s upmarket rebrand

Saturday, February 20, 2016
Clive Williamson, owner of juice maker Maynard House

A premium Suffolk juice maker whose products feature in some of the country’s top hotels and restaurants has adopted a new name and a new look.

Martin Harvey, president of the British Pest Control Association

Farmers in Hertfordshire are being given the chance to find out what changes to pest control regulations will mean for them.

The Thelma Hulbert Gallery

The secret world of soil will be uncovered at Honiton-based Thelma Hulbert Gallery’s newest exhibition.

Norfolk Farming Conference 2016

A government minister will lead the debate as hundreds of farmers gather in Norwich today to discuss the economic challenges facing their industry – and its positive commercial opportunities.

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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