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When old school friends Geoff Parker and Tim Isaac were approaching their 40th birthdays, they agreed to mark the major milestone in their lives by doing something “a bit different”.

Yesterday, 09:53
Jim Moseley who is to become chairman of Assured Food Standards,  the company which operates the Red Tractor assurance scheme, from the end of November 2015.

Assured Food Standards (AFS), the company which operates the Red Tractor assurance scheme, has announced that Jim Moseley will take over as chairman from the end of November 2015.

Mon, 06:00
Debenham farmer and NFU member Richard Styles

I would not describe farming as a trendy business but it does have its crazes.

Sunday, July 26, 2015
Paul Rackham, whose huge collection of vintage tractors is to be auctioned off.

A vast and valuable fleet of farm machines, embodying the engineering legacy of East Anglia’s major industry – and the unending drive of its owner – is about to go under the hammer.

Friday, July 24, 2015
Suffolk Coastal's HQ at Melton

District planners chose “common sense” over the professional advice of officers by allowing a farming family to build a livestock barn.

Thursday, July 23, 2015
Sam Turnnidge and Hannah Hensley with their JCB Workwear Agricultural Student of the Year award and runner-up prizes.

Hannah Hensley, who is studying for a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agriculture at Writtle College, has collected the college’s JCB Workwear Agricultural Student of the Year award.

Thursday, July 23, 2015
A honey bee on oilseed rape flower near Alby.  Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

An emergency approval has been granted for a small proportion of farmers to use a banned pesticide in order to safeguard England’s most at-risk oilseed rape crops.

Monday, July 20, 2015
Harvest in Great Barton on Sunday afternoon by Andrew Mutimer

Harvest is a vital time in East Anglia as the region’s farmers work night and day to gather their crop.

Monday, July 20, 2015
Brian Barker addressing delegates at the HGCA Monitor Farm Open Day at Lodge Farm, Westhorpe.

An arable farmer who is part of a benchmarking scheme says he is planning to take a break from growing oilseed rape (OSR) because it is no longer profit-making and because of problems with weeds and pests.

Saturday, July 18, 2015
NFU water expert Paul Hammett.

New rules on water abstraction must be accompanied planning reform to assist the creation of on-farm reservoirs, the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has been told.

Friday, July 17, 2015
John Poulton addresses CAT members at the Rosalie field station near Newmarket.

Enabling modern high performing winter wheat varieties to reach their genetic potential was one of the themes running through trials on display at this year’s Cambridge Arable Technologies (CAT) open day at the Rosalie Field Station near Newmarket.

Monday, July 13, 2015
Health officials pictured at a previous bird flu alert.
Photo: Mark Bullimore

A case of “highly pathogenic” bird flu has been confirmed on a poultry farm in Lancashire, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said.

Sunday, July 12, 2015
The 100 th Tendring Show

Crowds flocked to the 100th Tendring Hundred Show to enjoy a celebration of all things farming.

Sunday, July 12, 2015
A three-year project by the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I) to update and develop one of the charity’s retirement homes – Manson House, in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk – is now complete. Officially opened by the Duke of Gloucester.

A farming charity crowned the £6million development of one of its two residential homes with a royal visit this week.

Saturday, July 11, 2015
Rita Parker, granddaughter Jade Lanham, and Limousin cross Holly, which took the supreme beast title in the beef cattle contest at the Tendring Show

The owner of a Limousin cross crowned supreme champion beef animal at this year’s Tendring Show said she was “over the moon” at the accolade.

Saturday, July 11, 2015
Suffolk show day 2
Another beautiful day at the Suffolk show

More than 90,200 people attended this year’s Suffolk Show – the best gate number in recent years.

Last year's Boxing Day hunt in Hadleigh.

Hunt organisers in Suffolk and Essex say they welcome proposed changes to the ban on fox hunting – but are disappointed it does not go any further.

Thursday, July 9, 2015
Crowds enjoy last year's Tendring Hundred Show.

Organisers of the Tendring Hundred Show are promising an extra special event for the centenary event this year.

Farming features

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Colour and aroma once again impressed visitors to the Flower Show which saw a bumper entry in the floral exhibitions.

Royal Norfolk Show 2015. Eight-month-old Harper Zelley, granddaughter of Norwich jeweller Howard Zelley who has been looking after the show trophies for 25 years.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

It is finally here - the UK’s largest two-day agricultural show is ready to start.

Images from Cereals 2014

Thousands of East Anglia’s arable farmers, merchants and manufacturers will descend on a Lincolnshire field today for one of the major events in agriculture’s commercial calendar.

An artist’s view

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Mandy Shepherd with her chickens

This month, Jeremy Hobson talks to the renowned wildlife and military artist Mandy Shepherd about her recently acquired love of chickens!

Thetford Forest photo archive. Bush saw felling, thinning operation. Compartment 166, Thetford. 8/08/1949

Since its first pines were planted in the 1920s, Thetford Forest has become a significant part of the East Anglian landscape. Now an oral history project aims to preserve the stories of those who helped it to grow.

2015 Suffolk Show president Terry Hunt presents the Long Service Awards.

Some of the county’s longest-serving agricultural workers were given special recognition at the Suffolk Show yesterday – including one who has been working on the same farm for 60 years.

George Harris, mike Warner, Bill baker and nick watts of The Suffolk Show with Amy  griffiths elite cyclist. At the launch of The Suffolk Show Cycle Park  ( not in order)

Four farmers got on their bikes to launch a Suffolk Show initiative aimed at encouraging more people to cycle.

An infestation of cabbage stem flea beetle larvae on an oilseed rape crop in East Anglia

The European Union (EU) imposed a restriction on neonicotinoid seed treatments in December 2013, but the row over whether the ban was justified rages on.

Gill King of Halesworth weaving the willow borders for her Compass Garden, which will feature at the Suffolk Show

A teenager has provided the inspiration for landscape gardener Gill King’s design for her model show garden at this year’s Suffolk Show.(May 27 & 28)

A chef from the Suffolk Food Hall give a hands-on demonstration of how to make barbecue food for children as part of the CLA’s Foodie Showcase at The Suffolk Show in 2014.

The CLA is giving some of the county’s best local food and drink producers the opportunity to showcase their talents at this month’s Suffolk Show, as part of a drive to get more people to support local businesses, writes Martin Betts of CLA East.

Pulled Pork campaign

A new campaign has been launched to drive more value for British pig producers – by using a slow-cooked favourite to renew the consumers’ appetite for shoulder joints.

Christine Tacon, groceries code adjudicator, the national regulator for supermarkets and the way they deal with suppliers. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The nation’s supermarket watchdog says suppliers can protect themselves from unfair practices by learning more about how to apply the Groceries Supply Code of Practice.

A scene from Cereals 2014 at Duxford

A wealth of new science and agronomy will be on show at Cereals 2015, offering visitors an opportunity to keep up with the rapid pace of change in the arable sector.

The Galloping Acrobatics display team will feature at the 2015  Framlingham County Show.

Organisers of the 2015 Framlingham Country Show, which takes place next weekend, are promising a mix of new and familiar features.

Barn Owl. Picutre: NEIL CALBRADE/British Trust for Ornithology

The number of malnourished dead barn owls discovered on the ground during the cold spring of 2013 brought alarming predictions that the bird’s population was in crisis.

Norfolk Brewhouse team

County growers, maltsters and brewers are teaming up to create a truly Norfolk ale to celebrate Norwich City of Ale 2015.

The 2014 Spring Fling, held at the Royal Norfolk Showground. Ava Goffart, 6, meets an alpaca. Picture: Denise Bradley

For thousands of children, it will be a day with all the ingredients for some Easter holiday fun – and a chance to learn about the bounty of food and drink produced by their home county.

Eldon Farm in Holywell Row is launching its new cattle market next week. Fabian Eagle (left) and Brian Rutterford are pictured.

A regular cattle market is set to return to Suffolk for the first time since the 1990s.

The HGCA team: Front left HGCA Chairman Jonathan Tipples, front right HGCA Director Rebecca Geraghty

The UK’s cereals and oilseeds levy-payers’ group is set for a re-brand as it celebrates its 50th year.

Dr Tony Wilson, who is organising a Soil, Water and Precision Day at Otley

Suffolk is set to host a major new farming event organised by Easton and Otley College and the Felix Cobbold Trust.

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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