Chris Hill

An “appalling” dog attack which left two sheep dead and another 20 seriously injured on an Essex farm has sparked renewed warnings for dogs to be kept on leads near livestock.

High-profile East Anglian farmers have backed a new education project to help house-bound children reconnect with the countryside while learning from home during the lockdown.

Sugar beet growers have won an emergency authorisation to use a soon-to-be-banned pesticide to protect their crops against “very significant disease challenges” this spring.

“Essential travel” certificates are being issued to help farmers justify their movements if challenged by police enforcing the coronavirus lockdown.

Farming leaders have called on institutional landlords – including estates owned by the Queen and the church – to show “flexibility and understanding” regarding their tenants’ rent during the coronavirus crisis.

East Anglian agriculture is affected by the complex range of factors driving global economics – and industry experts have given their insights on what changes farmers can expect in the year ahead.

Next week’s budget is an opportunity to create a much-needed simplified tax system for diversified rural businesses says Cath Crowther, East regional director for the Country Land and Business Association (CLA).

An educational charity is calling on Essex farmers to help bring the working countryside to life for children from disadvantaged areas who would otherwise be unlikely to experience it.

Countryside groups have united to demand the government updates “inadequate” legislation which they claim is hindering attempts to tackle the devastating impact of illegal hare coursing.

Farmers are pleading with the chancellor not to axe the subsidy for red diesel in next week’s budget – a move which they fear could heap further financial pressure on their industry.

East Anglian farmers have rubbished the “daft” suggestion by a senior government adviser that Britain does not need an agricultural industry.

Serious concerns have been raised that the government’s post-Brexit immigration plans could “severely impact the farming sector” by preventing it recruiting vital foreign workers.

The appointment of George Eustice as environment secretary has been welcomed by farming leaders in East Anglia, who hope his industry expertise will prove valuable at a crucial time for agriculture.

Farmers must act fast to adapt to a rapidly-changing climate – but they were told that increasingly detailed monitoring and forecasting technologies can give their crops the best chance of success.

The return of bird flu to East Anglia should act as a “wake-up call” for the region’s poultry farmers to step up their efforts to prevent another devastating outbreak.

A device to capture cow burps, a crop-hopping quadcopter and an intelligent field-mapping robot were among the vast array of new agri-tech ideas shown to East Anglian farmers at a major industry showcase.

An artist inspired by the East Anglian countryside is preparing for a fundraising exhibition after completing 100 drawings in 100 days to help a farming mental health charity.

A rare and famous vintage farm machine described as the “most important tractor ever to come to auction in the UK” has been sold for £310,000 at an East Anglian sale.

The first major assessment of a “Payment by Results” pilot scheme in Suffolk and Norfolk has shown that farmers are more motivated to develop nature-friendly practices and are delivering “exceptional results” for wildlife.

A respected farm manager whose career spanned thousands of East Anglian acres has raised almost £6,000 for Parkinson’s UK by publishing his memoirs.

Business growth is the best way to retain influence and rise to economic challenges in a rapidly-consolidating food supply chain, farmers were told.

Farmers and rural business leaders have welcomed the prime minister’s Brexit breakthrough – and urged MPs to “think very carefully before voting this deal down”.

A rejuvenated East Anglian fishing industry could restore hundreds of jobs and boost our economy by £32m – but only if government policies can maximise the “once-in-a-generation chance” offered by Brexit.

Following its resurrection in the Queen’s speech, the agriculture bill should now be fast-tracked after a “wasted year” of “legislative limbo”, demanded farming leaders.

2019 could be a vintage year for East Anglian wine, according to a viticulturist whose first commercial crop of grapes is among the best he has seen – despite the weather woes elsewhere in the country. CHRIS HILL reports.

During a period of unprecedented change, farm businesses must evolve to stay ahead of the curve says BEN UNDERWOOD, East regional director for the Country Land and Business Association (CLA East).

Farmers have gathered a huge harvest of wheat and barley this season – but they feel betrayed by “disastrous” no-deal Brexit trade tariff proposals which could damage their ability to export the surplus.

A vast tomato greenhouse covering an area larger than the O2 Arena will be built outside Bury St Edmunds as part of a £120m project creating 360 new jobs in Suffolk and Norfolk.

Farming students hope to safeguard the future of one of Britain’s oldest native sheep breeds by starting a flock of the rare animals at their college.

A “holy grail” for tractor collectors is expected to fetch up to £120,000 when it goes under the hammer at a major East Anglian vintage farm machinery auction.

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