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Suffolk farmers must help shape a post-Brexit farming and environmental policy which will enable them to grow food, protect wildlife and safeguard animal welfare, they were told this week.

Farm profitability is “crucial” if conservation efforts are to be embraced in a post-Brexit world, a leading conservationist told a conference in Ipswich this week.

South Suffolk farmers stressed the importance of their industry to the county at a private meeting with environment minister Michael Gove earlier this month.

A new vehicle maintenance facility for apprentices in East Anglia has been launched at Easton and Otley College’s Suffolk campus.

The company behind the farmer-backed Red Tractor Assurance scheme has appointed a new chairman.

An East Anglian cider-making operation which began as home-brewing is now blazing a trail in top-end tipples.

An agricultural leader has praised the Labour Party’s stance on the challenges the industry faces with shortages of farmworkers as a result of Brexit as she addressed Suffolk farmers this week.

Productivity is the most misinterpreted word of our time, a farmers’ leader told Suffolk farmers this week.

An Essex ingredients firm which launched a gluten-free flour mill three years ago is celebrating soaring sales of the products made there.

An Essex premium turkey entrepreneur is celebrating a major breakthrough in his bid to sell his birds across the United States.

A Suffolk farmer will be taking part in a national agricultural showcase aimed at celebrating agricultural organisations and farmers who are striving to improve crop yields

A farm conservation organisation is set to celebrate Suffolk’s most outstanding examples of farms which have combined environmental measures with successful crop growing at an annual celebration evening.

East Anglian farmers are being urged to snap up new European Union-backed grants offering substantial levels of funding while they are still available.

Talented young farmers from East Anglia will be among 17 attending the Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) in January.

The new man at the helm of powerful landowners’ lobby organisation, the Country Land and Business Association (CLA), is an Essex and Cambridgeshire farmer and was a remainer when it came to last year’s bombshell European Union referendum.

More than 60 organisations from the largest equine hospital in Europe to a firm specialising in turning desert into green space will be taking part in Writtle University College’s Careers Fair this month.

Campaigners seeking to save some of Suffolk’s most precious landscapes have defended proposals to raise millions of pounds by building homes on a protected beauty spot.

In the late 1990s, Jason Gathorne-Hardy was using a fishing net tied to a hazel branch to try to catch a dove stuck in a barn used to store sheep food.

Farmers and food processors are calling for a “fair share” of water to grow UK crops and for food production to be designated as an ‘essential water need’.

A Harwich food firm which produces a rice brand is thrilled after the product bucked the trend and saw sales soar during the religious month of Ramadan.

Brexit will be a catalyst for big change on the UK’s farms and estates, experts predicted this week.

An East Anglian farmer who is a ceremonial bodyguard for the Queen is now also a senior custodian of Her Majesty’s countryside after becoming the president of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA).

An East Anglian care farm nominated for a ‘rural oscar’ is hoping for public support in its bid to win a national award.

Farming leaders have called for the European Commission to intervene and end a long-running stand-off over the world’s most widely-used herbicide.

An Essex and Cambridgeshire farmer has become the new president of landowners’ lobby group the Country Land and Business Association (CLA).

Farming features

A family farm in Sprowston is set to enjoy some TV limelight after a CBeebies film crew went behind the scenes to show children how fruit is grown.

Food, farming and the “water of life” will take centre stage in Ely Cathedral during its annual harvest festival weekend.

A record number of East Anglian food and drink firms will pitch their products to major retail buyers as an annual industry showcase returns to Norwich.

A bumper Bank Holiday crowd is expected as one of Norfolk’s biggest traditional rural showcases returns to Blickling Park today.

Glorious sunshine and the chance to learn about farming livestock, watch racing sheep and daring motorcyclists brought record numbers to one of the country’s longest running agricultural shows this weekend.

Research commissioned by landowners’ lobby group the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) suggests most people think the government should invest in the countryside.

There must be hundreds of roadside and farm gate stalls up and down the country selling everything from fruit and veg to firewood with an honesty box for payment.

MasterChef co-presenter Gregg Wallace will be cooking up a treat at The Game Fair in Hatfield.

Preparations are now well under way for the 73rd annual Weston Flower Show – which will include a new photographic contest backed by the Mercury.

Top agricultural photographers have donated images to farming charity the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) to help it raise funds for farming people in financial hardship.

Suffolk will be showcasing the best of its local food and drink, countryside crafts and skills and rural businesses as the English National Sheepdog Trials arrive in the county for the first time in their 100-plus years’ history.

A major showcase for East Anglian produce is set to celebrate world cuisines - all made in Suffolk.

Healthy food is set to be the theme of this year’s Tendring Show, which is expected to attract around 20,000 visitors when it takes place in mid-July.

An inspirational event bringing together primary school children from all over Essex took place at Writtle University College this week. Sarah Chambers was at Essex Agricultural Association’s 10th Essex Schools Food and Farming Day.

A spectacular St Albans garden will feature on the next series of a popular TV makeover show.

Around 20 pre-1930s tractors will be among the attractions at Woolpit Steam Rally as it celebrates its 30th anniversary this weekend.

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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