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On November 1, 2017, Brian Barker’s farm at Westhorpe, near Stowmarket, became the Agricultural Horticultural Development Board’s (AHDB) first Strategic Farm for Cereals and Oilseeds in the UK. This month he looks at how his crops are doing after a long, dry spell

A Suffolk care farm and animal shelter is just a few days from being left homeless after failing to find a new site.

Festive farm workers and visiting teams battled it out in the strawberry fields to harvest the heaviest crop of a tiny fruit delicacy grown in Essex.

East Anglian farmers are warning the situation for some of their crops was beginning to get “very serious” as a prolonged dry spell puts pressure on plants, particularly those on light, free-draining soil.

The owners of a farm shop enterprise which has played a key role in an agricultural education event for high school students have been praised for their efforts.

Organisers of a Suffolk farm event aimed at encouraging teenagers to consider a career in farming or learn more about agriculture are celebrating one of their best years yet.

Farmers’ leaders have criticised government for limiting farming subsidy bridging payments to a select group.

An Essex department store is hosting a gin bar featuring fruit liqueurs from a celebrated jam maker based in the county.

Tendring Show-goers will be celebrating the magic of farming this year as growers reveal the hi-tech techniques which help them to produce the best crops.

A mind-boggling array of innovations and new technologies aiming to drive the efficiency of arable farming were on display at the 2018 Cereals show. CHRIS HILL reports.

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has launched a new campaign aiming to celebrate the contribution the arable sector makes to the nation’s economy, food supply and environment.

More than 2,500 visitors descended on Wilkin & Sons’ Tiptree fruit farm to enjoy the strawberries during Open Farm Sunday on June 16.

Essex schoolchildren learnt about the value of local produce at an event organised by the East of England Co-op.

A Suffolk park which was once the playground of kings is being offered up for sale with a guide price of £2.5m.

East Anglian vineyard owners are toasting the region’s best wines after a record number of entries at an annual event.

An Essex fruit grower and jam maker fears that Brexit could put its UK growing operation in jeopardy unless politicians agree to reinstate a seasonal agricultural workers scheme to give it access to a reliable workforce.

Easton and Otley College has joined forces with a Suffolk charity to create a new care farm at its Otley campus.

East Anglian farmers will be among those sharing their stories at the weekend, as they open their gates for Open Farm Sunday, with more than quarter of a million people across the UK expected to go through the gates.

Easton and Otley College enjoyed one of the most successful Suffolk Shows in its history.

A familiar face to farmers in Essex has stepped down after more than 30 years.

A Suffolk-based malt firm saw its turnover and gross profits rise, despite some tough challenges last year.

Shareholders at an East Anglian agricultural purchasing group received a £600,000 payout for the last financial year – an increase of 15% on the previous year.

Thousands of Essex schoolchildren enjoyed a glorious, sun-soaked day of fun at a farmer-run event.

The owner of six lambs stolen from a field in west Suffolk has been left “distressed” by the loss of animals.

South Suffolk and north Essex rural business start-ups will need to act fast to benefit from a European Union grant windfall.

Farming features

Saturday, June 2, 2018

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.

From an office in Halesworth, a computer screen is displaying exactly what is happening at a series of pig units thousands of miles away in America.

An Essex food firm will be showcasing three of its top brands at the Food & Drink Expo at Birmingham NEC on April 16 to 18.

Younger farmers must be brought up through the ranks to enable the UK’s farming sector to succeed after Brexit, a professional body says.

This year’s Suffolk Show is set to celebrate its longstanding military associations at one of its most popular annual attractions.

On November 1, 2017, Brian Barker’s farm at Westhorpe, near Stowmarket, became the Agricultural Horticultural Development Board’s (AHDB) first Strategic Farm for Cereals and Oilseeds in the UK. This month he looks at the amazing geology beneath his feet.

Suffolk Agricultural Association members were jubilant this week as the farming charity celebrated an impressive improvement in financial performance across the board.

Some of the most dangerous tasks and activities on farms will feature at a Health & Safety in Farming roadshow in Suffolk.

East Anglia’s land agents see farming evolving further into a highly professionalised industry with a high degree of technical expertise. Sarah Chambers reports on their predictions for farming in 
the mid-2020s and beyond

Norwich scientists will aim to build closer links with industry by highlighting the ground-breaking research, technology and collaborative opportunities at the John Innes Centre (JIC).

Bury St Edmunds pig consultant looks at what the future may hold for East Anglia’s pig farmers from the mid 2020s

‘Going to market’ has become more complex for farmers over recent years and the margins squeezed. The future prosperity of UK agriculture lies in better utilisation of its resources to manage and meet market needs profitably. Dr Belinda Clarke, director of Agri-Tech East, looks at current trends to predict the near future for agri-tech

National Farmers’ Union (NFU) vice president Guy Smith on past attempts to predict the future and his own view of what the farming industry might look like in a decade or so’s time

As Easton and Otley College prepares to host an event promoting farming’s ‘human capital’, its apprenticeship ambassador, Nicole Currie, argues that it pays for farmers to invest in staff as well as their ‘big kit’. However, too many are neglecting this vital part of their business which will be crucial for its future viability, she says

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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