Farming news

Sue, Ian and Rebecca Whitehead celebrate their success at the East of England Co-op's Supplier Supper

East Anglia: East of England Co-op launches Producer of the Year Award 2015

The East of England Co-op has opened for entries to its Producer of the Year Awards 2015.

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Sugar beet prices have fallen.

East Anglia: Agreed price for 2015/16 sugar beet drop drops 24% to £24 a tonne

UK sugar beet prices are set to fall significantly in 2015/16 against a backdrop of falling commodity prices and high sugar stock levels.

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Market parking row

East Anglia: Parking wrangle threatens to put the brakes on Norwich livestock market

The future of Norwich Livestock Market has been thrown into doubt following the implementation of tough new parking restrictions by site owner Graham Dacre.

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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.

Colchester: HGCA Monitor Farms get off to bright start, including Tom Bradshaw’s at Fordham

More than 270 arable farmers join HGCA Monitor Farm opening meetings across the country this summer, including 87 at a meeting at Tom Bradshaw’s farm at Fordham, near Colchester.

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The School Farm and Country Fair.

Suffolk Agricultural Association column; Year round work continues post Suffolk Show

The Suffolk Show 2014 is over. The Facebook page is still buzzing with activity and happy memories. Twitter is tweeting messages from tradestand holders who are successfully following up business enquiries. Equine and livestock winners have received their prizes and are travelling the country picking up rosettes. The final debriefs with senior stewards are now in minute form and early conversations taking place within the show committee on features and improvements for 2015.

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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.

If you have a farming or food-related story, click here to email Sarah or call the farming desk on 01473 324827.

Farming features

Neil Lanham who is a member of the Suffolk Branch of the Central Association of Agricultural Values and is also involved in Traditions of Suffolk. Neil is pictured at home in Botesdale.

Farming feature: Retired auctioneer Neil Lanham and his tales at the bend in the road

Neil Lanham, 76, is a retired auctioneer who has been fascinated all his life by the folk traditions and colourful metaphorical language of his native Suffolk.

His interest has led to a unique collection of recordings and DVDs which provide a window onto a vanishing world, as SARAH CHAMBERS found out.

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Mark Donsworth and Christopher Clarke are gearing up for the show's 120th anniversary.

Farming feature: Celebrated Framlingham Horse Show leaps into its 120th year at brisk canter

Every year, Mark Donsworth, chairman of the Framlingham Livestock Association, repeats a ritual.

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Members of the Essex Dog Display team perform at the Suffolk Dog Day at Helmingham Hall on Sunday, 28 July.

Helmingham: Canines take the lead at Suffolk Dog Day in July

Talented dogs will be showing off their skills at a growing annual country show.

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David Tydeman with aroundchildren from Needham Market middle school being shown around his farm.

Farming feature: Middle schools shake-up signals end of an era at Stonham Aspal farm

For nearly 40 years, farmer David Tydeman of Stonham Aspal has been hosting annual school visits from Needham Market Middle School after joining an initiative started by the East Anglian Daily Times in the 1970s to help children learn about where their food comes from. This term, that tradition comes to an end with the phasing out of the county’s middle schools. SARAH CHAMBERS paid him a visit.

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My favourites

Our writers choose their favourite breeds, and explain why they made these choices. This month: Jeremy Hobson

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