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The earliest recordings of the surname Christmas were in Ipswich in 1191, research has found.

Most farmers are still struggling to get mobile phone coverage and reliable internet access, according to a survey.

Farmers’ leaders have highlighted the soaring £42.5m cost of rural crime as they called for a more co-ordinated approach to the problem.

Essex potato farmers who diversified into crisp making are celebrating the opening of a new anaerobic digestion (AD) plant.

Landowners affected by compulsory purchase of assets may have longer to roll over the capital gain into other investments, the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) says.

Members of Essex and Suffolk Farm Women’s Club got to try out their sausage-making skills at a recent visit to Jimmy’s Farm at Wherstead, near Ipswich.

Around 50 growers visited Ipswich and Shoreham ports to gain an insight into the export market.

An engineering entrepreneur has invented a new machine which he hopes will save farmers from an exhausting round of soil sampling by hand.

Two Suffolk-based cheese-makers are celebrating after scooping gold awards at the British Cheese Awards.

Suffolk’s countryside is now home to dozens of so-called ‘mega-farms’ thanks to a boom in intensive poultry farming, we can reveal today.

A popular family-run bakery business has expanded into new facilities due to growing demand for its bread, cakes and pastries.

A Suffolk shepherd is set 
to provide all the sheep for 
this month’s English National Sheepdog Trials at Stowmarket as exhibitors pull out all 
the stops to put the county on 
the map with a series of exhibitions at the event.

Small-scale farmers are providing the answers to the challenges we face with climate change and the environment in a way that larger agricultural operators are failing to equal, a Suffolk-based agro-ecologist claims.

British Sugar and National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Sugar have reached a deal on sugar beet contract terms for 2018/19.

Growers and processors of East Anglia’s sugar beet crop have agreed contract terms for the 2017/18 campaign.

A pioneering dairy which built its success on selling raw milk and making a Brie-style cheese opened its gates to more than 100 farmers from across Norfolk and Suffolk.

Combines have started rolling across parts of East Anglia against a backdrop of an expected below-average cereal harvest across Europe for the second year running.

A farm tenants’ leaders has called for co-operation, collaboration and a shared vision in the run-up to Brexit.

A celebrated Aldeburgh delicatessen is set to open a new store in Southwold, launched under its new brand, later this year.

British Bentley enthusiasts brought 30 vintage models to the KellyBronze turkey farm in Virginia, USA.

Eu-Japan trade deal

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The EU and Japan have agreed a trade deal.

A plant science research organisation hit by a hard-line stance by the EU Commission on Brexit is celebrating a multi-million pound boost.

Well I can’t start this article without mentioning that once again Tractor Boy fell at the final hurdle, literally, to take second place to Suffolk Young Farmers’ all new mascot Super Sheep in the Suffolk Show Mascot Race.

Perfect weather brought Tendring Show-goers out in force as the strong July sun broke through threatening clouds from earlier in the day.

The UK poultry sector turned out in force for Cobb Europe’s annual charity shoot in aid of Papworth Hospital in Cambridge. which is now in its seventh year.

Farming features

Mon, 10:19

Top agricultural photographers have donated images to farming charity the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) to help it raise funds for farming people in financial hardship.

Suffolk will be showcasing the best of its local food and drink, countryside crafts and skills and rural businesses as the English National Sheepdog Trials arrive in the county for the first time in their 100-plus years’ history.

A major showcase for East Anglian produce is set to celebrate world cuisines - all made in Suffolk.

Healthy food is set to be the theme of this year’s Tendring Show, which is expected to attract around 20,000 visitors when it takes place in mid-July.

An inspirational event bringing together primary school children from all over Essex took place at Writtle University College this week. Sarah Chambers was at Essex Agricultural Association’s 10th Essex Schools Food and Farming Day.

A spectacular St Albans garden will feature on the next series of a popular TV makeover show.

Around 20 pre-1930s tractors will be among the attractions at Woolpit Steam Rally as it celebrates its 30th anniversary this weekend.

Farmers will be digging up their underpants for next month’s Cereals 2017 in Lincolnshire after burying them to gauge soil health.

A Norfolk farmer and entrepreneur will give an insight into agri-tech investment at a contest aiming to turn novel concepts into viable businesses.

The South Suffolk Show is set to offer one of the last chances to see a motorcycle display team before it is disbanded.

A new nature reserve in the Broads that will create refuge for rare migrant species will feature on the BBC’s Countryfile on Sunday.

A major agricultural event is set to focus on helping farmers to “Brexit proof” their businesses as uncertainties about the future continue to dog the industry.

The South Suffolk Show is due to take place on Sunday, May 14, at Ampton Racecourse, just off the A134 near Bury St Edmunds.

A packed programmed of culinary demonstrations are set to stir up the senses at this year’s Suffolk Show.

A Suffolk-made sauce is set to accompany pub meals in the north-west of England.

Wendy Houston describes herself as a “real-life, living and breathing” farmer. It’s a role she’s held for the last 20 years, juggling it with child-rearing and family life.

Four professional singers will perform a selection of favourites from the musicals, Gilbert & Sullivan and opera on Saturday, April 8, at Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford, in aid of farming charity Farming Community Network (FCN).

Verity Sharp says she has no regrets about giving up a well-paid job in London to pursue her dream of running her own farm in north Essex.

A ‘Dig for Victory’ display to motivate Suffolk Show goers to grow their own fruit and vegetables and a beer garden to relax with a craft beer and live music will be among the attractions at one of the event’s most popular attractions.

Land prices peaked around 2015 but since then their fortunes have been less certain. SARAH CHAMBERS asked the experts how the land lies, and whether there is any real certainty about what will happen to them over the next decade.

Lotty Barbour took over the running of the family farm at Cratfield, near Halesworth, following the untimely death of her father 13 years ago.

Logistics boss Bee Kemball this year launches the first Suffolk Show to be run by a woman.

The East of England Co-op pulled out all the stops in March as it celebrated 10 years of its highly successful Sourced Locally initiative, which has brought bigger markets to more than 100 of its local suppliers, and increased its sales year on year. Sarah Chambers was at its annual Producer of the Year awards.

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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