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Ipswich Grain Terminal is gearing up for its 20 millionth tonne of cargo this summer.

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Robert Sheasby, East Anglia regional director at  the Natinoal Farmers' Union.

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has revealed the identity of its new regional director for East Anglia.

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Tim Stonehouse, sales director at Muntons at the World Barley, Malt & Beer Conference (WBMB) in Dublin where he accepted the Maltster of the Year on behalf of the company.

Stowmarket-based maltster Muntons is celebrating after scooping a prestigious sector award.

Saturday, March 28, 2015
Hadleigh Show Cover compeition winner 2015  Isaac Toombs with Mrs Justine Davies at Hintlesham CEVCP School

Hadleigh’s Year of the Sheep is being launched at this year’s Hadleigh Show and is the theme for the show catalogue cover.

Sunday, March 22, 2015
The Agricultural team at Clarke and Simpson in Framlingham with the three newest members of the team James Baker (from left) Eleanor Havers and Sarah Bullard.

A Framlingham-based land agent has expanded its agricultural team into west Suffolk.

Saturday, March 21, 2015
Patrick Harte,  Steve Simpson and Jonny Lambert of Cornerways receive their Producer of the Year Award from Lady Caroline Cranbrook OBE.
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The UK’s ‘greenest greenhouse’ operation, based in East Anglia, scooped the top accolade at an awards event celebrating some of the region’s top food producers.

Friday, March 20, 2015
The RPA is abandoning its online-only application format for the Basic Payment Scheme for farmers

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has abandoned its online-only process for claiming the new farm subsidy payment under the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) due to technical difficulties - but has urged farmers to continue to register online.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
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The National Farmers’ Union today welcomed a move by George Osborne to help farmers cope with their growing exposure to volatility in commodity prices.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Keith Wellings, Head of Insight and Improvements at the Rural Payments Agency, speaking at the CLA and Larking Gowen Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) event on Thursday at Wingfield Barns, near Diss

Farmers and landowners got the chance to question the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) about the new online system for the Basic Payments Scheme at an event at Wingfield, near Diss, on Thursday.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
St Osyth Farmer Guy Smith.

Farmers’ patience is “wearing thin” as they grapple with the mapping requirements for a new farm subsidy regime, sector leaders have warned.

Monday, March 16, 2015
Euston and Kirton herds in South Africa. The Oostermoed herd in Gauteng has been developed by farmer Johan Oosthuizen and his son-in-law, Elma Steenkamp, Kate and Oliver Paul, of the Suffolk Food Hall at Wherstead, Ipswich, went out to visit them.

A Red Poll cattle herd which has been developed in South Africa from cattle bred in Suffolk is thriving, farm shop owner Oliver Paul discovered on a visit to the farm.

Sunday, March 15, 2015
Nick Allen, Sector Director for Eblex, Kevin Burrows of C & K Meats of Eye, Ed Bedington editor of Meat Trades Journal.

Two family-run East Anglian meat firms are celebrating prestigious export accolades.

Sunday, March 15, 2015
Spencer's Farm Shop. Pig farmer Paul Sarel, partner Jackie Wynn at the farm shop business they have run for the last six months.

Rare breed pig farmers who launched their own farm shop business about a year ago have taken on a new butcher.

Sunday, March 15, 2015
A tractor ploughing a Suffolk field.

Arable farmers in England and Wales are relying more heavily on spring cropping for harvest 2015, a survey has found.

Saturday, March 14, 2015
Guy Schornig-Moore, Programme Manager, Babcock International Group; Mike King of Ben Burgess; Richard Halsall, Training Manager, John Deere.
Michael King, from our Newmarket depot has been named John Deere’s Best Parts Technician

A parts technician from farm machinery dealer Ben Burgess & Co has won a top accolade.

Saturday, March 14, 2015
John Collen from Whitehouse farm, Gisleham, pictured during a drought in 2011.

A farmers’ leader says the UK should be looking at genetically modified (GM) technology following a report which says it could benefit farmers, consumers and the animal feed supply chain here.

Friday, March 13, 2015
CLA President Henry Robinson and Environment Secretary Liz Truss launching the CLA’s Pledge for a Thriving Countryside.

With the General Election just 53 days away and looking too close to call, every seat and every vote will be important to all the parties, writes CLA East regional director Ben Underwood.

Thursday, March 12, 2015
Mia Hammond and and Katy Owen prepare to plant their potatoes

Suffolk primary pupils aged seven to 10 will be digging deep over the next few months as they put their plant knowledge to the test in an annual potato growing contest.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
The glory of Helmingham Hall and its gardens. Photo: Marianne Majerus

Two of the most significant female gardeners of the past 60 years live in Suffolk and Essex. Steven Russell discovers the secrets of their magic

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

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.

Jenny Wheadon with the mountain of food from Centaur.

Helen Lacey, of Red Berry Recruitment, teamed up with her staff to make the sizeable donation.

The Sentry 2015 conference at the Rowley Mile Racecourse, Newmarket. L-R: Ian Pigott (conference chairman), Michael Eavis (Glastonbury Founder), Tom Chapman (Heath Chapman Associates), Lawrence Hene (Ocado), Caroline Drummond (LEAF) and Blake Vince (Canadian farmer).

Sentry’s annual regional farming conference, which took place at Rowley Mile, Newmarket, on Wednesday, ended on a high with arguably the greatest farm diversification of them all – the Glastonbury Festival. SARAH CHAMBERS reports.

Try a Taste of Game at Aldi

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
A Taste of Game recipe will accompany the oven-ready pheasant

Taste of Game has teamed up with DB Foods and supermarket Aldi to stock oven-ready pheasants under the Brookfield Game brand

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The UK’s largest farm machinery show next week is set to include some cutting-edge technology from Suffolk.

Land at Line Tree Farm, Blaxhall.

Farmland values in and around Suffolk continued to climb during 2014, as unmet demand resulting from relatively low volumes of land coming to the market offset any impact of lower commodity prices on farming incomes.

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

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.

Shaun Lowthorpe with guests on Mustard TV's Business extra show. Picture: Archant

A mother and daughter are helping to showcase life in farming through a new series of short films.

Woodforde's managing director Rupert Farquharson.  Picture: James Bass

A Norfolk barley variety which is beloved by craft brewers around the world will celebrate its 50th harvest next year – but what makes Maris Otter so special?

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Stories about cats stuck up trees are often mocked as the mainstay of local journalism – so it turns out we’ve been neglecting our trade in recent years.

Liz Truss

Environment secretary Liz Truss has come under fire after hitting out at large-scale solar farms.

Agri Tech week 2014: Dr Belinda Clarke, Director of Agri-Tech East (left), talks to farm staff about agri-tech innovations

Agri-Tech Week 2014 aims to show how farming, science and technology can combine to improve production and competitiveness.

Suffolk County Councillor James Finch, helped by others, has been looking at how to implement a new policy for the council's County Farms Estate. 
Cllr James Finch at White Horse Farm in Capel St Mary.

Suffolk County Council this year announced a shake-up of its county farms. Now it is launching a support package for potential applicants seeking tenancies on the County Farms Estate. SARAH CHAMBERS spoke to councillor James Finch, who has been leading the initiative.

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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