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Fruit and vegetable growers across East Anglia are feeling the heat during a sweltering August which has left soils parched and river flows dropping.

A Suffolk business-farming alliance is hoping to match a local initiative in Somerset which has produced three million meals for workers at its new nuclear site to date.

A major events venue in Suffolk is gradually reopening – with socially-distanced picnics and outdoor entertainment.

At this time of year it is obvious that Norfolk and Suffolk are still farming counties, writes Angus Williams.

Should long-lost native predators like the lynx be reintroduced to the East Anglian countryside? New nature movement WildEast hopes to reignite the debate about these controversial creatures.

Some of Suffolk and Essex farmers’ worst fears have been realised as their main cereal crops come in to reveal some disastrous yields.

A farmer helped firefighters get a field blaze under control in the village of Laxfield, north Suffolk.

Suffolk and Essex farmers are counting the cost after rural crime rocketed in the two counties in 2019.

With the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) East regional office closed until the end of September, Gary Ford’s first few weeks in post are going to be unusual, to say the least.

Google ‘farmer purple flowers’ and you’ll be greeted with glorious images of a north Essex farmer amid a stunning array of his flowering echium crop.

There’s a strong link between mental health and accidents on farms, a farmers’ leader believes.

A huge upturn in local food sales sparked by the coronavirus crisis has led to a rise in demand for turkey poults.

The regional boss at Country Land and Business Association (CLA) East is about to have her first baby.

Former National Farmers’ Union president Guy Smith has taken on a new role at Red Tractor.

A care farm team with plans to create a new kitchen extension has taken part in a challenge to raise funds for it.

Deaths from farming accidents have fallen to a five-year low, according to new figures – but safety campaigners warned there is still a long way to go to improve the industry’s woeful record.

A Suffolk alpaca herd has welcomed three adorable new arrivals.

It’s turning out to be a harvest of two halves for north Essex farmer Andrew Fairs.

Creeping urbanisation has led to the loss of vast swathes of farmland – with East Anglia faring worst, a study suggests.

A farm attraction is expecting to take a 50% hit to its turnover as it gradually reopens following lockdown.

Fire crews tackled a baler fire which spread across five acres of stubble this evening.

Combines are at the ready across East Anglia for what at one stage was shaping up to be a disastrous harvest.

An outgoing regional farmers’ leader admitted that she personally “struggled to see the benefits of Brexit” as she prepares to move to France.

Farmers are being urged to keep a sharp eye on their combines after thieves made off with valuable satellite navigation equipment from two farms in Suffolk.

An historic mill making specialist ingredients for the bakery industry is celebrating after councillors gave its plans to build a new £46.5m plant the thumbs up.

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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