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Before Munchy Seeds started out 19 years ago, co-founder Lucinda Clay recalls that the only place you could find seeds was in a particular muesli brand.

Countryside campaigners have lobbied for tougher action on illegal blood sport as gamekeepers fight a ‘frontline’ battle against hare coursing.

An East Anglian dairy farm which created an award-winning cheese after switching to a herd of Montbeliarde cows is celebrating a national innovation title.

Suffolk MPs heard first hand about the destructive impact of illegal hare coursing during a meeting with a rural lobby group - which is calling for stiffer penalties.

A national snack bars and cereals company in Halstead which has been highlighted as one of the area’s top performing businesses is on a drive to find beekepers.

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has appointed a new regional director for East Anglia – less than a month after her predecessor took on the role.

Diversification to find new income streams should be a key consideration for East Anglia’s rural businesses amid the uncertainties of Brexit, a seminar was told.

A mystery illness is killing East Anglia’s hares – sparking a call for the public to report sick animal sightings and help researchers diagnose the disease.

A bumper autumn apple harvest has blessed East Anglian cider with its best taste for a decade, according to drinks producers.

The government has been urged to ensure its post-Brexit farming legislation has a “clear and overarching” focus on food production, ahead of the second reading of its Agriculture Bill today.

Things have never been better for celebrated Essex premium turkey producer Paul Kelly.

Hundreds of people across Essex took part in harvest celebrations as the National Harvest Torch came to the county.

An East Anglian farmer has hit out at his MP for ‘failing’ to hold a meeting to discuss the implications of Brexit with his constituents.

Business and council leaders have pledged their support to Norfolk’s Banham Poultry as the struggling firm searches for a buyer.

Crucial talks to secure the future of one of Norfolk’s biggest employers begin on Wednesday morning, as doubts hang over the jobs of 1,000 workers.

Farmers’ leaders have called for measures to combat volatility following a mixed harvest.

Poultry and pig farms across Suffolk and Norfolk could be hit as animal feed firm workers gear up for possible strike action in the run-up to Christmas, union leaders have warned.

Eating well can be good for society as well as good for our health, delegates at a Suffolk food conference heard.

A bovine TB test developed by a Suffolk firm looks set to be a game-changer in the battle against a disease which has plagued livestock herds all over the world and shows little sign of abating.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is set to play a key role in improving productivity in East Anglian farming as the region fosters improved trade links with countries such as China, delegates at a House of Lords event heard.

Newmarket-based sausage-maker Powters, which hopes to expand nationally, is celebrating a new listing from Tesco.

Pig farmers have warned of a disastrous situation if a Brexit ‘no deal’ prevails.

A farmer-cum-artist based near Saxmundham is holding a craft exhibition until October 7.

Suffolk brewer appoints new boss

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Suffolk brewery St Peter’s has appointed a new managing director.

A keen collector of Fordson tractors, one of which dates back to 1924, is selling them off.

Farming features

Saturday, September 29, 2018

East Anglian farmers and land managers should start preparing their budgets without the direct payment element in order to ready themselves for life post-Brexit, land agents advise following the publication of the government’s much-anticipated and environment-heavy Agriculture Bill this month.

A five-year funded project to restore heathland at Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s Knettishall Heath reserve comes to an end this month but the benefits to wildlife in the area will be seen for years to come. ROSS BENTLEY reports.

Vintage farming machinery, ploughing and threshing demonstrations, a bird of prey display, a fun dog show and a farmers market are just some of the attractions featured in Ingworth Trosh and Country Fair, which kicks off at midday.

Vintage farm machines will demonstrate how ploughing, threshing and baling used to be done on Norfolk fields as a rural fair returns for its 15th year.

Plans have been submitted to build a farm shop incorporating a cafe and butchery at a farm in Great Ellingham.

One of the nation’s oldest agricultural shows will welcome thousands of visitors to Watton today – with its farming and livestock roots are still central to its enduring appeal.

North Devon Show is all set to make an eagerly awaited return to Umberleigh Barton Farm on Wednesday (August 1).

North Devon Show is all set to make an eagerly awaited return to Umberleigh Barton Farm on Wednesday, August 1.

Top-performing farming students have received a clutch of accolades for their achievements at an awards ceremony held in Suffolk.

An agronomist whose lifelong ambition has been to own his own farm business is set to realise his dream with the opening of a new agri-tourism venture.

A new book by Mark Cocker is a major event and his latest is a work of sweeping ambition - a sobering tale of the conservation movement’s development in the face of huge wildlife declines. Ross Bentley spoke to the Norfolk-based writer about the themes he has raised.

A Suffolk dairy farmer has expressed delight that his award-winning cheese is set to appear on Prince Harry’s breakfast menu on the day of the royal wedding.

Poor weather has contributed to a slow start to the year for the farmland market – but prices remain stable, said rural property agents.

Around 40 farm office workers were in Framlingham this week for a joint event hosted by farm co-op Fram Farmers and the Institute of Agricultural Secretaries and Administrators (IAgSA) to bring them up to speed with a host of important changes for those in charge of the paperwork. Sarah Chambers reports

The industrious efforts of earthworms – and their value as indicators of soil health – will be discussed by scientific experts at a farming event in Norfolk later this month.

A special award for the best small enterprise is a major feature of the latest Norfolk County Farm Business competition.

After the vote for Brexit in 2016, the Knock family at Battisford, near Stowmarket, was determined to future-proof the business.

The number of farms publicly marketed in East Anglia and across England during the first three months of the year fell, with poor weather delaying some launches and others choosing to market their land privately, estate agents say.

As the countdown begins to this year’s Royal Norfolk Show, organisers have revealed they are scrapping car parking charges for people who book their tickets in advance online.

Suffolk Show organisers are launching what is thought to be the first interactive app for an agricultural event of its kind in England.

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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