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A coalition of rural organisations is calling on environment secretary Michael Gove to launch an investigation into Natural England's decision to revoke licences allowing farmers to shoot 16 species of bird.

From rural traditions to exhilarating entertainment, the full spectrum of East Anglia's great outdoors was put on show at a country fair this weekend - including its unpredictable weather.

Outdoor pursuits ranging from dizzying BMX and parachute stunts to traditional equine displays are expected to bring thousands of people to the Euston Estate for the East Anglian Game and Country Fair this weekend.

Some of the world's rarest and most unusual vintage tractors - as well as classic cars and motorcycles - will go under the hammer at a major East Anglian auction today.

East Anglian farmers must stand up for their industry or risk watching it wither in the clamour for cheap food after Brexit, said a leading agricultural spokesman.

Farmers have reacted angrily to an abrupt ban on shooting birds including crows, pigeons and Canada geese - controls which they claim are "absolutely necessary" to protect crops and livestock.

An East Anglian dairy farm has invested £500,000 in its pursuit of the perfect cheese - the latest stage of a targeted diversification which has bolstered its profitability and changed the shape of its herd.

Livestock farmers have been warned to pay closer attention to health and safety after farm inspectors raised concerns over cattle-handling incidents.

East Anglian farmers have the chance to quiz a senior figure in their industry at the latest in a series of agricultural discussions in Halesworth.

Outdoor pursuits ranging from dizzying BMX and parachute stunts to traditional equine and falconry displays will draw the crowds when the East Anglian Game and Country Fair returns next month.

Farm animals worth more than £190,000 have been savaged by dogs in the East of England during the past four years - prompting a new campaign for pets to be kept under control.

A free seminar is being organised to help East Anglia's rural businesses prepare for the introduction of a new system for submitting tax returns online.

Dairy farmers in East Anglia have reacted angrily to a new animal rights campaign which has published the location of hundreds of farms and urged activists to film them.

The farming industry's confidence for the coming years has hit an all-time low amid the ongoing uncertainty over Brexit, an industry poll suggests.

A three-year research project at an East Anglian farm has shown growers a myriad of small improvements which could spark a "quantum leap" in potato production - and taught some broader lessons about communication and knowledge-sharing.

Setting an "arbitrary" minimum salary threshold for migrant workers after Brexit could put agriculture and food jobs at risk, warned a senior East Anglian farmer.

Would farmers spend more time and effort ensuring their environmental plots delivered for wildlife if they were only paid on results?

The government's urgent drive to reduce agricultural ammonia emissions will demand a sharper focus on livestock nutrition, building design and slurry storage, East Anglian farmers were told.

Tractors could be banned from major East Anglian A-roads in the future, under plans to improve safety by removing slow-moving vehicles from the fastest routes.

An East Anglian dairy farm which created an award-winning cheese after switching to a herd of Montbeliarde cows is celebrating a national innovation title.

The National Farmers' Union (NFU) has appointed a new regional director for East Anglia - less than a month after her predecessor took on the role.

Diversification to find new income streams should be a key consideration for East Anglia's rural businesses amid the uncertainties of Brexit, a seminar was told.

A mystery illness is killing East Anglia's hares - sparking a call for the public to report sick animal sightings and help researchers diagnose the disease.

A bumper autumn apple harvest has blessed East Anglian cider with its best taste for a decade, according to drinks producers.

The government has been urged to ensure its post-Brexit farming legislation has a "clear and overarching" focus on food production, ahead of the second reading of its Agriculture Bill today.

A rare and historically important early tractor, made in East Anglia in 1920, is expected to fetch up to £35,000 when it goes under the hammer next month.

A £3m new government scheme to help farmers cut ammonia pollution has been welcomed by industry leaders in East Anglia.

Farmers, food processors and industry representatives are being asked for their views on the "purpose and priorities" of the levy-funded Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

A major dairy co-operative has proposed paying out its entire 2018 profits to farmers who struggled to feed their animals during the summer drought.

Organic food producers could face a "cliff edge" preventing exports to the EU in the event of a no-deal Brexit, farming leaders have warned.

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