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An East Anglian care farmer has invited a group of refugees based around Ipswich to pay a visit next week and pick produce grown on his land.

Wed, 14:36
Adnams head brewer Fergus Fitzgerald with last year's crop of wild hops.

A Southwold brewer is appealing to landowners, gardeners and growers for wild hops to create a distinctive and “unpredictable” beer.

Wed, 10:26
Lound Lakes

The daily ruminations of red poll cattle are benefiting wildlife on a north Suffolk nature reserve. AUDREY BOYLE reports from the mosaic of water and grasslands at Lound Lakes.

Wed, 10:23
French's Care Haven and Care Farm:  Jane Nuttney, Jo Sargent, Jann Turner, Coral Sharpe and Sophie King.

A care farm and animal charity is looking for a new home.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
The Suffolk Show if full flow this year.

The organisation behind the Suffolk Show has launched a new drive to find its next boss.

Thursday, August 20, 2015
Gerald Ketley, from Picketts Farm in Fingringhoe, is a sheep farmer who claims to have been affected by the use of organophosphate sheep dip in the 80s and 90s.

It started with headaches, nausea and irritability – everyday symptoms which can affect us all.

Thursday, August 20, 2015
ActivGardens ‘Beetlejuice’ event gave children the opportunity to explore the gardens, pick their own produce and get involved in some fun nature and craft activities.  The children got to pick some tomatoes to make their very own community garden ketchup to serve with some home-made wedges with potatoes dug from the gardens. 
This workshop gave children a chance to get closer to nature in an urban green space, as well as learning about cooking and healthy eating.
Beau Newman in the garden.

The People’s Community Garden in Ipswich hosted a summer day camp where green-fingered youngsters could get their hand stuck into some wildlife work on Wednesday.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Dairy farmer John Smith's calf.

The plight of dairy farmers has been highlighted nationally by a series of protests and crunch meetings between farmers’ leaders and retailers over plummeting milk prices. But what does it mean to the small dairy farming sector in East Anglia? SARAH CHAMBERS spoke to some of our dwindling number of dairy farmers.

Monday, August 17, 2015
Dairy farmers are set to meet with Government Ministers over the price of milk as the milk price crisis continues.

Government ministers will meet industry leaders to discuss the future of British dairy farming following weeks of protest.

Sunday, August 16, 2015
Three judges for Suffolk Agricultural Association's Best Alternative Land Enterprise (BALE) awards
Jonathan Long, last year's winner Sally Scobie, and terry hunt

The Suffolk Agricultural Association (SAA) in partnership with sponsors Ashton KCJ solicitors is calling for entries for its prestigious Best Alternative Land Enterprise (BALE) award, now in its 24th year.

Saturday, August 15, 2015
Arable farmers are combining the last of their wheat crop as harvest 2015 enters its final phase.

Arable farmers across Essex and Suffolk are nearing the end of harvest, with around 10 to 20% of their wheat crops left to combine.

Saturday, August 15, 2015
Lamb and mutton production is up, figures show.

UK lamb and mutton production in 2015 is expected to be up 7% on the previous year, AHDB Beef & Lamb figures show.

Friday, August 14, 2015
National Farmers' Union President Meurig Raymond.

Farmers’ leaders urged retailers, government and the British public to back British agriculture as they highlighted how the UK’s food self-sufficiency was likely to diminish in the fact of rising populations.

Friday, August 14, 2015
Aspall pressed English apple juice

Cider maker Aspall has scooped a £150,000 grant to support its plans to produce more home-grown apple juice and take a slice out of the imported juice market.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
NFU president Meurig Raymond (right) talks to Tenant Farmers Association chief executive George Dunn (left) and Farmers for Action chairman David Handley (centre) before a meeting with Morrisons corporate services director Martyn Jones at the Arden Hotel in Solihull. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday August 11, 2015. Supermarket Morrisons is to launch a new milk brand selling at a premium which it says will go direct to the crisis-hit dairy industry. See PA story INDUSTRY Milk. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Supermarket Morrisons is to launch a new milk brand selling at a premium which it says will go direct to the crisis-hit dairy industry.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
New baker's dozen world record attempt: Agronomy company ProCam and seed breeders RAGT setting their unofficial world record of 15 minutes and 27 seconds to produce 13 loaves from field to plate at RAGT’s wheat breeding station at Ickeleton, near Saffron Walden. Pictured are Simon Howell, managing director of RAGT Seeds, Dr Sarah Cook of ADAS, the official observer, Dr Tudor Hawkins, Procam's technical director, Dave Maynard, RAGT, Cathy Hooper RAGT and Christopher Jones, managing director of Christy Turner, which supplied the hammer mill.

A new unofficial world record for creating a baker’s dozen from field to plate has been set at Saffron Walden.

Monday, August 10, 2015
Farmers are feeling the pressure as milk prices fall.

A seismic change in the way food is sold is essential or there could be dire consequences for the farming industry and rural economy, the UK’s farming unions said today as they warned they would be “making their presence felt” in the run-up to an emergency meeting of the Council of Agriculture Ministers on September 7.

Monday, August 10, 2015
Jonathan Crickmore pets one of his cows at his farm in Bungay where he produces unpasteurised milk fresh

Dairy farmers in East Anglia have shown great entrepreneurial flair in the face of volatile milk and feed prices, diversifying to help their businesses succeed.

Monday, August 10, 2015
Milk on a supermarket shelf. Photo: Antony Kelly

Farming leaders are meeting for an emergency summit as falling milk prices push those in the industry to “sheer desperation”.

Farming features

Wed, 12:22

A stalwart of East Anglia’s equestrian community is planning to hand over the reins of the riding centre which she created.

A photo from the 2014 Aylsham Show which unfortunately also had wet weather.  Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The weather has been disappointing for the Aylsham Show organisers but it hasn’t stopped families coming out dressed in their wellingtons and rain macs and braving the mud.

Aylsham Show 2014. A young sheep handler awaits the judges decision.  Picture: ANTONY KELLY

East Anglia’s largest one-day agricultural show, returns to the Blickling Park on Bank Holiday Monday.

Steve Bunclark with his Gold Award winning stand of Predator Plants based at Rackheath, at the Royal Norfolk Show Flower Show. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Colour and aroma once again impressed visitors to the Flower Show which saw a bumper entry in the floral exhibitions.

Royal Norfolk Show 2015. Eight-month-old Harper Zelley, granddaughter of Norwich jeweller Howard Zelley who has been looking after the show trophies for 25 years.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

It is finally here - the UK’s largest two-day agricultural show is ready to start.

Images from Cereals 2014

Thousands of East Anglia’s arable farmers, merchants and manufacturers will descend on a Lincolnshire field today for one of the major events in agriculture’s commercial calendar.

An artist’s view

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Mandy Shepherd with her chickens

This month, Jeremy Hobson talks to the renowned wildlife and military artist Mandy Shepherd about her recently acquired love of chickens!

Thetford Forest photo archive. Bush saw felling, thinning operation. Compartment 166, Thetford. 8/08/1949

Since its first pines were planted in the 1920s, Thetford Forest has become a significant part of the East Anglian landscape. Now an oral history project aims to preserve the stories of those who helped it to grow.

2015 Suffolk Show president Terry Hunt presents the Long Service Awards.

Some of the county’s longest-serving agricultural workers were given special recognition at the Suffolk Show yesterday – including one who has been working on the same farm for 60 years.

George Harris, mike Warner, Bill baker and nick watts of The Suffolk Show with Amy  griffiths elite cyclist. At the launch of The Suffolk Show Cycle Park  ( not in order)

Four farmers got on their bikes to launch a Suffolk Show initiative aimed at encouraging more people to cycle.

An infestation of cabbage stem flea beetle larvae on an oilseed rape crop in East Anglia

The European Union (EU) imposed a restriction on neonicotinoid seed treatments in December 2013, but the row over whether the ban was justified rages on.

Gill King of Halesworth weaving the willow borders for her Compass Garden, which will feature at the Suffolk Show

A teenager has provided the inspiration for landscape gardener Gill King’s design for her model show garden at this year’s Suffolk Show.(May 27 & 28)

A chef from the Suffolk Food Hall give a hands-on demonstration of how to make barbecue food for children as part of the CLA’s Foodie Showcase at The Suffolk Show in 2014.

The CLA is giving some of the county’s best local food and drink producers the opportunity to showcase their talents at this month’s Suffolk Show, as part of a drive to get more people to support local businesses, writes Martin Betts of CLA East.

Pulled Pork campaign

A new campaign has been launched to drive more value for British pig producers – by using a slow-cooked favourite to renew the consumers’ appetite for shoulder joints.

Christine Tacon, groceries code adjudicator, the national regulator for supermarkets and the way they deal with suppliers. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The nation’s supermarket watchdog says suppliers can protect themselves from unfair practices by learning more about how to apply the Groceries Supply Code of Practice.

A scene from Cereals 2014 at Duxford

A wealth of new science and agronomy will be on show at Cereals 2015, offering visitors an opportunity to keep up with the rapid pace of change in the arable sector.

The Galloping Acrobatics display team will feature at the 2015  Framlingham County Show.

Organisers of the 2015 Framlingham Country Show, which takes place next weekend, are promising a mix of new and familiar features.

Barn Owl. Picutre: NEIL CALBRADE/British Trust for Ornithology

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.

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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