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Government officials are hoping to halt an invasion of Asian hornets by encouraging the public to use a free smart phone app.

Farmers and others in the industry are being asked to have their say on the AHDB Monitor Farm programme in England and Wales as the scheme reaches a three-year milestone.

The UK pig herd may have grown but this has yet to feed through to slaughter pig numbers, according to an East Anglian pig expert.

Staying on top of the paperwork is one of the scerets to running a successful farm, says Jenny Pine, of Agriconsult Ltd, based at Shimpling, near Bury St Edmunds.

When Tricia was growing up, and into adulthood, she remembers vividly one particular contraption which became part of her daily duties.

A farm assurance scheme has teamed up with an agricultural machinery maker to launch a stickers scheme.

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) stressed the “crucial role” of UK food production post-Brexit at a meeting with environment secretary Andrea Leadsom and farming minister George Eustice on Thursday.

For many people farming may seem an occupation that is slightly idyllic, a vocation with a pleasant lifestyle. But farming is also about being a business and surviving in the modern fast-moving world. Like other businesses we are heavily influenced by situations outside our control, whether it be supply and demand, politics, currency fluctuations, legislation and, of course, the weather.

Land agents are expecting the ongoing effects of the fall in Sterling to lift confidence as a highly productive parcel of farmland near Debenham is offered up for let.

Family problems cause the deepest upset for farmers, according to Essex farm chaplain Janet Nicholls.

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) says it has seen an unprecedented demand for its banner promoting British produce.

Farm subsidy payments not coming through is one of the chief challenges facing farmers in their everyday working lives - along with loneliness, according to Suffolk agricultural chaplain Canon Sally Fogden.

Industry bodies failed this week to reach agreement on the national roll out of an electronic grain passport.

This year’s Suffolk Show will be rolling out the pink carpet once again for its fashionista hotspot, Fifth Avenue.

A Stowmarket malt firm is celebrating after scooping an award from a major food firm.

A food marque promoting sustainable practices in agriculture is celebrating a further consolidation of its position across a range of sectors.

A spectacular new venue will bring an annual rural showcase closer to the heart of East Anglia as it demonstrates the best of countryside sports, pastimes and entertainment.

Farm charity Farming Community Network (FCN) is hosting a post-referendum discussion looking at where farming should go from here.

London mayor Sadiq Khan has invited the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) deputy president Minette Batters to become a member of the London Food Board.

Farmers’ levy payers’ organisation AHDB Beef & Lamb has appointed a new halal sector manager to help it focus on the needs of the fast-growing sector.

The Bury St Edmunds MP has criticised Tesco’s chief executive for the company’s “short-sighted” decision to stop selling sugar produced in the UK as Brexit negotiations loom.

A 22-year-old is hoping to create a “vital lifeline” for East Anglian food and drink producers and save a local farmers’ market.

Bird flu restrictions have been lifted from around a poultry farm near Redgrave, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has said.

It is one of the most beautiful and historic parts of the country, with 18,730 hectares of stunning woodland and precious trees which have lived for decades.

The East of England Co-op is on the lookout for a new local tomato supplier after the site of an award-winning producer switched to growing a cannabis family crop for medicinal use, the retailer said at its awards event last night.

Farming features

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Land prices peaked around 2015 but since then their fortunes have been less certain. SARAH CHAMBERS asked the experts how the land lies, and whether there is any real certainty about what will happen to them over the next decade.

The East of England Co-op pulled out all the stops in March as it celebrated 10 years of its highly successful Sourced Locally initiative, which has brought bigger markets to more than 100 of its local suppliers, and increased its sales year on year. Sarah Chambers was at its annual Producer of the Year awards.

Councillors are trying to reassure members of the community worried about development in the green belt after a farm was put up for sale.

Wednesday’s annual Sentry farming conference at Newmarket brought together six diverse speakers to examine what may be one of UK farming’s toughest periods as we prepare for Brexit. SARAH CHAMBERS reports.

A fledgling food firm started by a budding Essex entrepreneur in his grandma’s kitchen is celebrating after bagging support from Tesco.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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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