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More than 100 classic and vintage tractors are set to go under the hammer as the Gary Cooper Collection goes on the hammer at Risby, near Bury St Edmunds, on September 20.

Field trials taking place in Suffolk have revealed some “significant findings” on maximising returns for energy maize, according to agronomy experts.

Tax legislation should be overhauled to enable the farming sector to increase productivity post-Brexit, a professional body says.

An East Anglian organisation promoting advances in farm technology and thinking has launched a report setting out a vision to transform the UK’s ‘broken’ farming model.

A landowners’ lobby group is calling for a clampdown on fly-tipping across Suffolk and Essex and tougher punishment for offenders.

Writtle University College graduates were joined by an alumnus who went on to head up the farm at a renowned Essex jam maker as they celebrated their success at two ceremonies at Chelmsford Cathedral this month.

Young Farmers is celebrating its 85th year with a public awareness week from September 18 to 22.

Suffolk MPs from across the political spectrum got behind the National Farmers’ Union’s (NFU) Back British Farming Day this week.

A delighted Suffolk farmer has scooped a prestigious national farm conservation accolade.

After a damaging series of disease outbreaks, the UK has finally been declared free of bird flu – but government officials have acknowledged lessons need to be learned to protect poultry keepers in future.

Environment Agency officers have identified 23 offenders during a three-day crackdown on illegal fishing in Essex and Norfolk.

A major Suffolk pig business has been snapped up by international food firm Tulip, which is part of Danish Crown, for an undisclosed sum.

Primark and British Sugar owner Associated British Foods has again upped its full-year profit outlook after being boosted by strong sales at the low-cost fashion chain.

The Essex farming community was firing on all cylinders this week as it geared up to celebrate Essex county harvest festival with a tractor rehearsal.

Researchers have proved it’s possible to grow a crop from bare land to harvest without stepping foot in the field.

A conservation-minded landowner has scooped a coveted regional award for his efforts to revive grey partridge populations on his farm.

A potato crop trials in Suffolk is revealing clear variations in tuber size and plant growth.

The East of England has all the elements to lead the way in overcoming the obstacles faced by farmers after Brexit, the new chair of a group promoting innovation within the industry believes.

Environment secretary Michael Gove has praised a project by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) which researches the effects of different farming methods on wildlife and the environment.

Premium beef, lamb, pork, sausages, ham and bacon products from Suffolk and Essex headed to Hong Kong this week for one of the leading fine dining exhibitions in Asia.

They’re usually elusive, shy and unsociable – but a Breckland heath has offered a glimpse of a “secret gathering” of stone-curlews as they prepare for their annual migration.

UK lamb production has increased, while New Zealand sheep meat imports have declined, figures show.

The Soil Association has launched a pilot provenance scheme this month, enabling shoppers to trace organic food from the farm to the shop shelf using a mobile phone scan.

An Essex food ingredients firm is hoping to encourage more consumers to add rye into their diets as a means of increasing their fibre intake.

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) is celebrating after scooping an award for its wildlife management and conservation work in Europe.

Farming features

Monday, August 28, 2017

A bumper Bank Holiday crowd is expected as one of Norfolk’s biggest traditional rural showcases returns to Blickling Park today.

Glorious sunshine and the chance to learn about farming livestock, watch racing sheep and daring motorcyclists brought record numbers to one of the country’s longest running agricultural shows this weekend.

Research commissioned by landowners’ lobby group the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) suggests most people think the government should invest in the countryside.

There must be hundreds of roadside and farm gate stalls up and down the country selling everything from fruit and veg to firewood with an honesty box for payment.

MasterChef co-presenter Gregg Wallace will be cooking up a treat at The Game Fair in Hatfield.

Preparations are now well under way for the 73rd annual Weston Flower Show – which will include a new photographic contest backed by the Mercury.

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).

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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