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Yesterday, 12:12

The Brexit effect is making UK livestock farmers reluctant to take investment decisions to grow their businesses, an animal feed farm said.

British chia seeds grown in Essex are set to go on sale in August following a successful collaboration between Halesworth home-grown pulses, grains and seeds firm Hodmedod and a pioneering farmer.

A Swaffham grain trader has bought a Yorkshire competitor in an undisclosed-value deal.

Farm-based start-ups or established businesses in various parts of Suffolk and north Essex have until October 31 to benefit from a rural business grant scheme.

A landowners’ leader has called on police in the East of England to do all they can to stop the ‘sinister tactics, threats and intimidation’ used by hare coursers as the traditional time of year for them to emerge approaches.

Free range egg producers are battling spiralling feed costs after the dry, hot summer – but urgent industry calls for higher egg prices have not been universally supported by farmers in East Anglia.

East Anglian farmers have defended the use of weed killer glyphosate after the debate over its use was reignited following a US court case.

Country Land and Business Association (CLA) East communications manager Lee Murphy has raised £1,250 after taking on a Cancer Research UK golf challenge.

The National Rural Crime Survey makes stark reading, says Ben Underwood, CLA East regional director

A Suffolk biotech start-up has secured £400,000 as it launches a range of products to help combat the spread of TB in cattle.

The amount of cereal crops baled this year has soared, with particularly marked rises in the East of England and in Scotland, a survey has found.

A new service aimed at helping match farmers and growers who urgently need water with neighbouring farm businesses who have a surplus has been launched by the National Farmers’ Union (NFU).

A farmer in Lincolnshire has netted a whopping 15.38t/ha wheat yield despite this season’s weather setbacks.

An award-winning vineyard is set to host its annual get-together.

A Suffolk food writer has launched a cookbook celebrating the county’s food and farming heritage, with the support of a champion Newmarket jockey.

Supermarket fruit and vegetables prices have risen as the effects of the heatwave and a cold spring flow through to shop shelves.

A farmer has praised the quick response of the fire service from stopping a blaze in a field from having more devastating consequences.

East Anglian farmers have revealed the ‘extremely challenging’ growing conditions they have been battling this season, with crop yields and quality hit by an unprecedented series of weather events.

Supplies of malting barley are tightening as yields and quality look set to be hit by the prolonged heatwave across Europe, reports suggest.

The chair of the Suffolk branch of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) is joining riders from around the world to take on a five-day 500km charity cycle ride across Kenya.

A ‘payments by results’ farm support scheme being trialled in Suffolk and Norfolk, and which could provide a blueprint for funding post-Brexit, is set to be extended.

A mushrooms operation in Suffolk and Norfolk is set for growth after securing a long-term contract with a national retail chain.

The Environment Agency said it would offer flexibility on water abstraction licensing to farmers to help with drought conditions following a series of meetings.

A celebrity Suffolk farm owner features in a series of videos aimed at helping other farmers to branch out post-Brexit.

A drought summit held to highlight the issues which farmers faced in coping with the prolonged summer heatwave was a ‘wake-up call’ to government, farmers’ leaders said.

Farming features

Yesterday, 16:13

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.

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.

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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