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Rev Janet Nicholls, rural adviser and agricultural chaplain, is pictured at Thaxted Church.

The agricultural chaplain for Essex hopes to bring God and farming together in her new role.

Andy Wood, chief executive of Adnams, speaking at the Norfolk Farming Conference. 

The boss of Southwold brewer Adnams has agreed to consider putting the “Red Tractor” logo on its beer bottles to strengthen the link between consumers and barley growers.

The Doe family Colin Doe, Janet Doe, Angus Doe and Marian Harpur pose against the triple D tractor at the 56th annual Doe Show.

More than 10,000 farmers, construction workers, professional groundsmen, greenkeepers, arborists and tractor enthusiasts descended on Ulting, near Maldon, for the 56th Annual Doe Show.

The Brexit debate at Writtle College on Friday, January 29, which was chaired by National Farmers' Union vice president Guy Smith (centre), with Essex MEP Richard Howitt of Labour putting the 'stay in Europe' case, while Essex MP Bernard Jenkin (standing) of the Conservatives, making the argument for coming out.

Leaving the European Union would be a “leap into the unknown” and risk around £3billion in farm subsidy, farmers have been warned.

NFU County Advisor Niamh Kilgallen.

Chancellor George Osborne has laid down the gauntlet for British horticultural businesses. The introduction of a National Living Wage (NLW), which came as a surprise announcement in the Budget, will present a host of financial issues for growers and raise concerns about the future of some businesses, writes National Farmers’ Union East Anglia adviser Niamh Kilgallen.

George Gittus (chair of the Suffolk branch of the National Farmers' Union) is pictured at Symonds Farm in Risby.

Looking back on 2015 from a farming perspective it would be easy to sound like the all-too expected moaning farmer.

Crowds flocked to Ernest Doe & Sons the Doe Show, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the event

More than 10,000 farmers, construction workers, professional groundsmen, greenkeepers, arborists and tractor enthusiasts are expected to descend on Ulting, near Maldon, this week for the 56th Annual Doe Show.

Clacton farmer Guy Smith,  NFU vice president, is the only East Anglian farmer standing for major office in the NFU elections next month.

Members will be able to quiz candidates for the top three posts in the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) at an East Anglian hustings event this week.

Cover crops growing on Brian Barker's land.

Having completed 18 months as an AHDB monitor farmer, I look back at a rollercoaster of thoughts, change and excitement, writes farmer Brian Barker. This year, our farm started a new, exciting era with the adoption of strip-till, direct drilling and cover cropping winter land.

Pig farmers here have added costs because of higher welfare standards, the National Pig Association says.

Pig sector leaders are urging producers to talk to their bank managers now as farm gate prices plunge to their lowest level in eight years.

A wet December and January may pose problems with it comes to pesticide use, the Voluntary Initiative has warned.

Wet weather in December and January has left fields very wet and there is now a high risk of pesticides reaching drinking water, the Voluntary Initiative (VI) has warned.

Rob Burnett, chief executive of Bernard Matthews.

Poultry producer Bernard Matthews says an ongoing turnaround bid has succeeded in narrowing the company’s losses – despite posting a £30million drop in sales.

The island of Tristan da Cunha

A dream job has come up for the farmer who wants to get away from it all - as an agricultural adviser on the world’s remotest inhabited island.

The Eat Out, Eat Well awards at Center Parcs in Elveden.

A new drive to combat Suffolk’s obesity crisis aims to tap into the talents of up to 5,000 of the county’s food catering businesses.

Right to Buy may threaten rural housing developments, the CLA has warned.

Landowners’ leaders have warned that affordable rural homes developments could “dry up” under the Government’s new Right to Buy policy.

Paul Hammett, water expert at the National Farmers' Union.

Farmers’ leaders have warned of the need to produce affordable food in East Anglia as the Government announced its plans for water abstraction reform.

The Plough Sunday service at Thaxted Church.

Farmers in north Essex had their fortunes blessed in a special Plough Sunday service this weekend.

Matthew Havers, Founder of Kings Farm Foods at their premises in Eye.

An entrepreneurial scheme to make use of “2nd grade” eggs rejected for supermarket sale has been given a £20,000 boost.

An on-farm auction at Montpelier Farm Ltd in Writtle, near Chelmsford, run by East Anglian-based agricultural auctioneers Cheffins.

Demand remains high for second-hand farm machinery - in spite of a cash squeeze on the agricultural sector, according to an East Anglian auctioneer.

Miscanthus growing in flood water.

Energy crop miscanthus is a “key” contributor to lowering carbon emissions, an agri-renewables event will be told next month.

NFU president Meurig Raymond.

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) confirmed it has paid out Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) farm subsidies to almost 51% of farmers as it came under fire for not doing more.

The new Claydon Hybrid T4 drill

A Suffolk-based agricultural machinery maker is set to launch its latest farming implement at LAMMA this month.

Soggy start to farming new year

Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Crops underwater at Letheringham.

Although East Anglia escaped the extreme weather events which have plagued other parts of the country over the last month or so, wet conditions brought some farm activities to a standstill recently.

East of England Co-op Producer of the Year competition: Suffolk shortlisted firm Havensfield Eggs. Pictured are Alaistaire and Fiona Brice.

Six of East Anglia’s finest producers are in the running to be crowned Producer of the Year 2016, in the East of England Co-op’s annual awards celebrating the best of local food and drink across Suffolk, Essex and Norfolk.

The CLA wants support for landowners to put up flood defences

Landowners are “up for the challenge” in protecting land from flooding but the Government needs to offer them tax relief on what they spend, a group says.

Farming features

Thu, 07:00
The Thelma Hulbert Gallery

The secret world of soil will be uncovered at Honiton-based Thelma Hulbert Gallery’s newest exhibition.

Norfolk Farming Conference 2016

A government minister will lead the debate as hundreds of farmers gather in Norwich today to discuss the economic challenges facing their industry – and its positive commercial opportunities.

Ian MacNicol Award 2015. From left: Heidi Thompson, Martin Hammond, Nigel Bertram, Charlie MacNicol, Joe Mitchell and Charles Sayer

A mid-Norfolk farmer with a passion for conservation has been honoured for an outstanding contribution to nature within his commercial farming business.

David Lawrence, former principal of Easton and Otley College is the winner of the 2015 EDP Business Awards Outstanding Achievement Award, sponsored by Anglian Water. Picture: Denise Bradley

Former Easton and Otley College principal David Lawrence is to be presented with an Outstanding Achievement Award at this year’s EDP Business Awards.

Ben Blower NFU environment forum member.

We often hear of the disconnection between town and country. We bemoan the fact that over a short space of time the number of people with a proper understanding of the country has drastically reduced, writes NFU Environment Forum member Ben Blower.

Philippa Forrester with Chris Newenham at Tiptree

Strawberry pickers collecting fruit to make Wilkin & Sons’ jam feature on national television tonight.

Ely Potato Race 2014 final

Isle of Ely produce is gearing up for its fourth annual potato race this weekend.

Jewers, which stores and processes grains and all combinable crops, is celebrating its 150th anniversary. Matthew Jewers (pictured) is the fifth generation of the same family to run the firm.

Jewers of Woolpit is a fifth generation grain firm with longstanding ties to the East Anglian farming sector as well as to maltsters and other food processors. SARAH CHAMBERS spoke to its current managing director, Matthew Jewers, as it marks its 150th year.

Wheat being harvested at Great Fransham, near Dereham. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The importance of the region’s food economy and rural heritage will be celebrated at an event which promises to add a modern perspective to the time-honoured tradition of harvest festivals.

Farmer's daughter and RABI worker Lucy Bellefontaine of Colston hall, Badingham, in her kitchen

There are three things that Lucy Bellefontaine wouldn’t be without in her farm kitchen, and that’s her electronic weighing scales, her ‘classic swirl’ piping nozzle - and her pink spatula.

Ingworth Trosh. Pictured: demonstration of a thresher combined with a compacting bailer.
COPY:Dominic Chessum
EDP pics © 2008

Tractor pulling promises to be the star attraction at a charity country show featuring agricultural vehicles old and new.

Mark Banham (left) of H Banham grain merchants and David Holliday of Norfolk Brewhouse are organising a major beer festival in Norwich celebrating the 50th anniversary of Maris Otter. Picture: Matthew Usher.

A one-off beer festival will take place this month to celebrate the 50th anniversary of a revered Norfolk barley which holds a special place in the hearts of craft brewers across the world.

Rossie Theobald is selling on Newton Hall Equitation Centre after spending most of her life teaching on the site.

A stalwart of East Anglia’s equestrian community is planning to hand over the reins of the riding centre which she created.

A photo from the 2014 Aylsham Show which unfortunately also had wet weather.  Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The weather has been disappointing for the Aylsham Show organisers but it hasn’t stopped families coming out dressed in their wellingtons and rain macs and braving the mud.

Aylsham Show 2014. A young sheep handler awaits the judges decision.  Picture: ANTONY KELLY

East Anglia’s largest one-day agricultural show, returns to the Blickling Park on Bank Holiday Monday.

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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