Farming news

Minette Batters, deputy president of the National  Farmers' Union.

Gender balance in farming is shifting, says NFU deputy president Minette Batters

The gender balance is shifting within the agri-sector with more women stepping into leading roles, according to National Farmers’ Union deputy president Minette Batters.

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Simon Watchorn from Earsham.

Pig producer Simon Watchorn to join BPEX board

Mr Watchorn, from Earsham, near Bungay, who runs a 600-sow outdoor breed-to-finish unit, has been involved in the industry for the last 20 years and is also a director of Thames Valley Cambac.

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Winter weather in Kings Forest near Elveden.

Update: RSPCA condemn those who left partially burnt bodies of horses in West Stow’s Kings Forest as they see spike in number of abandoned horses

The bodies of two partially burnt horses were discovered with gun shot wounds in Kings Forest, near Bury St Edmunds, on Sunday.

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James Strachan, Katherine Manning and Filip Rouffé of Marybelle.

Dairy firm Marybelle forms partnership with Belgium-based Pur Natur

Family-owned Suffolk company Marybelle, based at Walpole, near Halesworth, has taken another step towards its goal of becoming one of Britain’s leading dairy brands.

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From left, Freddie Pullan and Campbell Scott of sponsor Massey Ferguson present the Young Farmer of the Year trophy to Joe Stent, accompanied by ceremony host Gyles Brandreth, at the  2014 Farm Business Food and Farming Industry Awards, held at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster.

Pig producer Joe Stent from Beccles named Young Farmer of the Year

A Suffolk pig producer has been named Young Farmer of the Year at an awards ceremony staged at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster.

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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

Paramount Park

BBC strike partnership agreement with Swanscombe theme park developers

The deal will mean that the park will be able to feature BBC programmes and characters

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A nurse-in is being held in Ipswich (Ransomes Euro Park) at Sports Direct. It's part of a national event taking place after a woman was asked to leave a Sports Direct store in Nottingham because she was feeding her three month old baby. The national campaign is being organised by Free to Feed campaign.

The Week Ahead: Updates due from Sports Direct International, SuperGroup and Stagecoach

More strong financial figures from Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct retail empire are likely to feature strongly in a quieter week for corporate results.

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Nicola Currie is retiring as eastern region director of the Country Land and Business Association.

Farming feature: East’s ‘rural ambassador’ moves to new pastures

Over the past 10 years, Nicola Currie, eastern regional director at the Country Land and Business Association (CLA), has been a major figure in the region’s rural affairs, lobbying locally and nationally on issues important to her members, and helping them with their businesses. This week, she announced her intention to step down in December. She spoke to SARAH CHAMBERS about her decision, and about a very packed decade.

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Exhibition of the Norwich Aeropark expansion plans on display at Norwich International Airport. Chief Executive Andrew Bell. Photo: Steve Adams

Partnership approach pays off for Norwich International Airport

Bosses at Norwich International Airport said a partnership with travel operator Thomson Holidays was beginning to deliver its objectives of more routes and greater frequency of flights.

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Tom Bradshaw gives a tour of Fletcher's Farm at the HGCA Monitor Farm event in Fordham on Tuesday, 26 June.

Farming feature: Farmers no longer just ploughing own furrow

Tom Bradshaw’s farm at Fordham, near Colchester, was one of the first wave of HGCA Monitor Farms launched across the country as part of a move towards a farmer-led approach to improving businesses from the ground up. SARAH CHAMBERS went along to the event in June.

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