A Suffolk care farm scheme which helps adults with learning disabilities, acquired brain injuries or other mental health problems is celebrating after being shortlisted for a National Lottery windfall.
Suffolk farmers Emma and James Strachan were left devastated by the death of their second child as a result of complications during childbirth. Eventually, they got help and say the couples counselling they received was invaluable. But the traumatic experience caused them to reassess everything,including how they farmed. Sarah Chambers reports
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.
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
‘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
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
In December 2017, Muntons boss Alan Ridealgh announced he would be handing over the reins to his understudy, Mark Tyldesley. Sarah Chambers caught up with Alan as he prepares to take on an ambassadorial role with the family-run malt business which has led the way on sustainable growth.
Around 280 birds, including Bronze, Norfolk Black, White, Lavender, Narragansett and Bourbon Red turkeys, will go under the hammer at Diss on Thursday, December 21, as auctioneers TW Gaze stages its annual Christmas Poultry Show.