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Pictured left at Euston is: Barbara McGee (EAAA), Cambs East and West Suffolk branch chairman Andrew Blenkiron, Lucy Bellefontaine (RABI), NFU group secretary Alex Walters, branch members Denise and Jeff Claydon, NFU county Chairman Colin Clifton-Brown, NFU group secretary David Blackwell, and Ian Bell (Addington Fund).

Three charities have each received a £1,000 boost thanks to the fundraising efforts of farmers at the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) Cambs East and West Suffolk branch.

Nick von Westenholz, NFU

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has bolstered its London operations and set up a new Brexit department as it gears up for the forthcoming talks over Britain’s exit for the European Union (EU).

Farms are becoming more indebted, a survey shows.

Farmers used an average of 15% of their incomes last year to pay interest on debts, a new report reveals.

Erik Peiffer (right), General Manager, Gebruder Peiffer GmbH & Co. K, with Peiffer salesman Sebastian Ständer in front of a Claydon Hybrid trailed drill.

A Suffolk farm machinery maker has appointed an importer for Germany and the Netherlands for its seed drills as it targets export growth.

HGCA Monitor Famr Open Day at Lodge Farm in Westhorpe: Farmer Brian Barker addressing delegates

Being part of a programme aimed at helping farmers to embrace real-life innovation and best practice has been “inspirational”, a Suffolk farmer said as he nears the end of his three-year term as a ‘host’.

St Clare Hall Farm, near Bury St Edmunds had a guide price of �2,425,000 and, after 30 viewings, sold for well in excess of this through Strutt & Parker.

East Anglia’s farmland market fell from its 2015 peak this year - but there was a wide divergence on prices, according to land agents.

Michael Mumford with Andrew Vernon

A former land college student has come full circle and returned to the education sector after four decades in farming.

Gallery: Plough Sunday is observed in Thaxted

Monday, January 9, 2017
Plough Sunday at Thaxted Church

A traditional church service for Essex dating back to medieval times celebrating farmers was held in Thaxted at the weekend.

Emily Deasley, left, and  Marley Cross,  Year 4 pupils from Wenhaston Primary School with the crop of tomatoes they grew as part of the Food for Thought project run by Adnams.

A Southwold brewer, pub owner and hotelier is hoping to get more schools signed up to a social enterprise scheme aimed at encouraging pupils to grow fresh produce and gain business experience by selling it on to restaurants.

Dr Stephen Waite, principal of Writtle University College, who is due to retire this summer.

The vice-chancellor of a land-based university is set to retire this summer says the job has been “a joy”.

East of England Co-op Producer of the Year awards shortlisted supplier Hannay Marriage of Marriage's Flour.

Every year, East of England Co-op customers vote for the regional retailer’s top local suppliers out of six finalists from across Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk. Now it’s time to choose the 2017 Producer of the Year. SARAH CHAMBERS reports.

Arthur Diaper of Diaper Poultry.

Tribute has been paid to a well-loved farming stalwart who has died at the age of 64.

God speed the plough: The ancient custom observing Plough Sunday at St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds.
The plough donated for the service by Andrew Blenkiron, estate director of the Euston Estate and Chairman of the Bury St Edmunds National Farmers Union.

The importance of farming in our county has been marked during an ancient ceremony in Bury St Edmunds.

Pigs at Blythburgh Free Range Pork.   Picture: James Bass

Pig industry leaders warned of a major potential blow to their sector after EU veterinary experts recommended a ban on the use of zinc oxide medicines in animal feed.

CLA Suffolk branch committee chairman Paul Rous.

Failure to map out a clear future, planning frustrations and the digital divide are holding back rural businesses, an East Anglian business leader has warned.

Show heifer Kersey Jet with Alice Partridge.

A Suffolk-based British Blue cattle herd has been recognised as the most improved in England.

Brian Barker has planted six pairs of pants over a range of different soil conditions as part of his #soilmyundies experiment. If when you dig them up after eight weeks, if it is just the waist band and the biology has dissolved the 100% natural carbon of the cotton, then you know that the soil is in relatively good shape.

There has been a run of earthquakes around the globe in the past couple of months as Mother Nature reminds us that there is huge energy locked up in the earth’s crust, writes Westhorpe farmer Brian Barker.

Kirstie Johnston and brother Nick of Forelock and Load at Barrow, which is a regional finalist in two categories in the Countryside Alliance Awards.

Farm diversifications and countryside businesses in Suffolk and Essex will be hoping to clinch titles next month after making it to the regional finals of the 2016 Countryside Alliance Awards.

The B-Lines network co-ordinated by Buglife has won the prestigious European Landowners Association’s Bee Award.

A conservation body has praised the enthusiasm of East of England landowners involved in a project to support habitats for pollinating insects which has scooped a prestigious award.

Lucy McVeigh, livestock manager at Kenton Hall Estate, near Debenham.

A young livestock manager was among the delegates at the Oxford Farming Conference this week after she was awarded a scholarship to attend.

Poultry keepers have been put on alert over a strain of bird flu.

A decision to extend an order to house poultry to prevent the spread of bird flu has been welcomed by East Anglia’s farmers’ leaders.

Andrea Leadsom.

East Anglia’s farmers’ leaders have welcomed government plans to cut red tape but called for greater certainty post 2020 after a speech by Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom this week.

WholeSoft Sprouted bread.

An East Anglian ingredients firm has put itself at the forefront of a revolution taking place in the British diet by creating a more ‘edible’ wholegrain.

Anglia Farmers chairman Nigel Savory, with Jon Duffy, left, who has been appointed as group chief executive officer.

An East Anglian farmers’ co-op has appointed a new group chief executive.

The Easton and Otley College Cereals team who came second in 2016 during this national farming competition that was held in Duxford, Cambridgeshire. (Students from the college won this Cereals Challenge title in 2014 and 2015).

A drive to increase farming content at a Suffolk and Norfolk-based college is set to continue in 2017 as it seeks to become one of the most important agricultural colleges in the country.

Farming features

Friday, January 13, 2017
BBC Farming Today's Charlotte Smith is chairing the Rothamsted forum. Photo courtesy @charlottebsmith/Twitter

A BBC presenter, who describes herself as being a ‘radio nerd’ since a teenager, is chairing a major agricultural event in Harpenden

Bird expert Tim Schofield, a Suffolk FWAG team leader and farm conservation adviser, at a Big Farmland Bird Count event.

Farmers are being urged to take half an hour out of their schedules this winter to count and record the wild birds on their farms. The fourth annual Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) Big Farmland Bird Count takes place between Friday, February 3, and Sunday, February 12.

Lead researcher Alexander Thomas

A Roman industrial building dating between 50AD-400AD could lie beneath the fields of a cattle farm earmarked to be turned into a new secondary school, an investigation has shown.

Elveden rural manager James Holliday. Picture: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2016

It is the traditional focal point of the festive season – but it has taken many years of care and expertise to nurture the perfect crop of Christmas trees.

Stone Age tools found at Muckleton Farm. Picture: Ian Burt

An extraordinary collection of Stone Age relics unearthed near Burnham Market tells the tale of mankind’s reliance on the land for millennia.

Norfolk Young Farmers will be representing the county's pea industry at the 2016 Lord Mayor's Show in London. Pictured from left: Emily Page, Will de Feyter, Holly Garrod

A team of six Norfolk Young Farmers hope to set pulses racing in their pea costumes as they take farming’s message into the City of London on Saturday.

Gallery: From the Archives: Vintage Farm Machinery

Saturday, October 29, 2016
Farming Archives

Farm machinery vintage and modern is the focus of the photographer’s lens this week in my archive feature.

Ben Underwood, regional director of the Country Land & Business Association.

Farmers and landowners across the region are enduring confusing, slow and obstructive planning rules – more than a year after the Government pledged to update them.

Potato lifting in a field at Terrington St Clement. Picture: Ian Burt

A new harvest event in Norwich will celebrate Norfolk’s position as a powerhouse of UK food production – and to give city consumers the chance to ask growers how they produce the county’s bounty.

Greenpeace has published a list of the UK's top 100 recipients of European Union farming subsidies.

A number of East Anglian estates and farm businesses are among those receiving hundreds of thousands of pounds under the European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), according to analysis by environmental group Greenpeace.

Skeyton Trosh 2016. Pictured with the Ransomes drum are Scott Bunting, Graham Kirk and Tom Randell.

A moment of Norfolk farming history will be recreated this weekend as a rare vintage piece of equipment gets to work on a heritage crop for the first time in 60 years.

NORMAC farm machinery demonstrations day at Hardingham Farms.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

A mid Norfolk farm became a proving ground for the machinery industry’s leading innovators as hundreds of farmers gathered to see how the latest models performed on East Anglian soil.

Demonstration by the Norfolk Farm Machinery Club (NORMAC). Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The latest technology and techniques for maximising productivity and soil protection will be on display as a major machinery demonstration returns to a mid Norfolk farming estate.

Heavy horses will be showing their strength in Chittlehampton this weekend. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Traditional farming methods on display at special Chittlehampton two-day show

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.

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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