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A pair of turtle doves.
Photo: Richard Bennett

Farmers in turtle dove “hotspots” in East Anglia and the South East are being urged to apply for Countryside Stewardship agreements to help the UK’s fastest declining bird.

Muntons managing director Alan Ridealgh.

A prominent Suffolk-based malt firm believes it may have to work on lower margins in order to keep open its trade with Europe.

The CLA is holding policy events across East Anglia.

Farmers and landowners are being asked to share their views on Brexit next month at a series of events across the region.

Grain handling at the Port of Ipswich.

The Port of Ipswich has consolidated its position as the UK’s number one port for grain exports by handling a record total of more than one million tonnes of grain during the 2015-16 harvest year.

Fields near Saxmundham in August.

A government announcement guaranteeing agricultural spending through to 2020 has been welcomed by farmers’ leaders.

 
	Harvesting in a Suffolk Field

Harvest time is in full swing – and our legion of iwitness photographers have been capturing the season in all its glory.

Therese Coffey outlines her role at Defra.

Suffolk Coastal MP Dr Therese Coffey was appointed junior minister with responsibility for flooding and rural affairs in the recent reshuffle. Here she outlines what her role will be – and her work in Suffolk has helped prepare her for the challenges ahead.

Scary scarecrows at Kiln Farm Nursery in Kesgrave. The farm received a complaint saying its scarecrows were too scary, so put out a Facebook post asking if the community was upset by them. Pictured is owner Paul Goudy.

A group of scarecrows crafted by Cub Scouts in Kesgrave have been deemed too effective after a farm received a complaint that they were “too scary.”

The launch of the volunteers on horseback scheme, with Tim Passmore (left) and Chief Constable Gareth Wilson (right)

The cost of countryside crime in Suffolk exceeded £1million last year, according to new figures.

Jubilee Meadow and Orchard, in Bredfield, near Woodbridge, received Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Community Award. Planting the young orchard trees on a raw March day.

A Suffolk village will be flying the standard for top quality parks and gardens after receiving Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Community Award.

Just the straw rolls to clear after the harvest - Sue Foster

Suffolk is the bread basket of England.

NFU president Meurig Raymond.

Farmers’ leaders have lodged an official complaint over the use of so-called ‘fake’ farm branding by retailers on some food products.

ESWAG and Suffolk Agricultural Association hosted a conference on water.

The important contribution growers make to the Suffolk coastal economy was highlighted at a conference earlier this month.

A photo showing the dog worrying the cattle on the private grazing land bordering Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s Carlton Marshes nature reserve

People are being asked to contact the police if they see dogs off their leads in the Suffolk countryside chasing livestock or disturbing wildlife.

Tendring Show, Lawford House Park, Manningtree. Supreme Beef Cattle Champion winners. Left to right, Will Ketley, Ben Ketley, Lucas Day, Josh Ketley and Gerald Ketley.

A long-time supporter of Tendring Show’s livestock competitions lifted the supreme prize in the beef cattle contest on Saturday.

European Union Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan.

UK farmers will continue to have full access to European Union subsidy support schemes and the EU internal market until Article 50 talks are completed, a high-ranking EU official has confirmed.

The NFU was hoping to persuade DEFRA to allow farmers emergency use of neonicotinoids to combat pest infestations.

New applications by farmers to use pesticides banned over concerns about their impacts on bees have been turned down.

The Dunmow Young Farmers girls tug-of-war team in action.

After all the excitement of the Essex Young Farmers Show back in May, June has been a more relaxed month before harvest starts – but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been busy.

Thousands of people flocked to Christchurch Park for Ipswich Music Day 2016 on Sunday July 3rd.

Thousands of people are taking advantage of the warm weather to descend on Ipswich’s Christchurch Park for one of the biggest events in the town’s summer calendar.

Thousands of people visited the Heveningham Hall Country Fare over the weekend of July 2nd and 3rd.
Martin Dunnett with his Ford Zodiac.

A host of classic cars – including Ferraris, Jaguars and Aston Martins – made their debut at the 20th annual Heveningham Hall Country Fair this weekend.

The Suffolk Young Farmers 2016 Muck Move.

The end is in sight for the county office staff, with recent weeks really showing just how busy Young Farmers can be.

Tom Glover, this year's Tendring Show president, pictured in Thorrington.

The Tendring Show, which this year takes place on Saturday, July 9, is one of the biggest events on the Essex farming calendar. SARAH CHAMBERS spoke to farmer Tom Glover, of Thorrington, who is this year’s president.

Adam Scott, Essex county adviser for the National Farmers' Union.

Adam Scott, NFU county adviser for Essex and secretary to the NFU’s regional livestock board, highlights the risk of bluetonge disease returning to England this summer.

Farming features

Thursday, August 18, 2016
Heavy horses will be showing their strength in Chittlehampton this weekend. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Traditional farming methods on display at special Chittlehampton two-day show

Richard McMullen, a conservation adviser with Norfolk FWAG, pictured at High Ash Farm, Caistor St Edmund. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

After being “humbled” by a lifetime achievement award, a respected farm wildlife adviser reveals some of the techniques he uses to persuade commercial growers to employ conservation measures on their land.

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Four restaurants in Suffolk feature in SquareMeal’s top 100 in the UK, as voted by reviewers and customers.

Royal Norfolk Show 2016. Showground maintenance supervisor Chris Melton and his son Daniel Melton put up the RNAA flag.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

From parachute displays to heavy horses in the Grand Ring, there is lots to look forward to at this year’s Royal Norfolk Show.

Open Farm Sunday at Somerleyton in 2015.

East Anglian farms will throw open their gates to the public this weekend, giving thousands of visitors the chance to experience, enjoy and understand the workings of the countryside.

A team of knitters have created a model of Stokey Common out of wool - and it's being included in the Chelsea Fringe Festival (Picture: Ken Mears)

A knitting group who recreated Stoke Newington Common out of wool will be offering “guided tours” of their model for the Chelsea Fringe Festival.

Many happy returns: Thousands of schoolchildren widhing Hwer Majesty a happy birthday during the School Farm and Country Fair at Trinity Park

Thousands of Suffolk schoolchildren paid tribute to the Queen on her 90th birthday yesterday as they celebrated their rural roots.

Action from the 2015 Hadleigh Show

Stunt riders, amazing animals and the obligatory host of farm machinery will all be present at one the country’s longest running one-day agricultural shows when it returns on the third weekend of May.

Pigs from Simon Watchorn's herd at Earsham, near Bungay.

Fears have been raised that pig producers could be forced to sell their herds and quit the sector after a crash in prices left their industry at crisis point.

Richard Barker, solicitor and Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) expert

A top Suffolk lawyer has been called on to help Brussels bureaucrats to cut red tape around the European Union’s (EU) farm subsidy regime.

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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