Farming news

Sunday, March 29, 2020

It’s braved crises of every description over the last 100 years – and is currently battling through the latest as the cororavirus lockdown hits every aspect of British life.

Suffolk National Farmers’ Union (NFU) members are toasting a new ale to mark their centenary year.

The lambing season has begun at Suffolk Rural in Otley – but this year minus the crowds.

A veteran of the foot-and-mouth crisis of 2001 is set to head up Framlingham-based farmer co-operative Fram Farmers.

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 growers who rely on seasonal workers say they are “extremely concerned” about the effects the coronavirus crackdown is having on recruiting pickers and packers.

Essex potato farmers have responded to the coronavirus crisis by setting up a free home delivery service for the local community.

A land-based college has joined forces with one of the world’s largest garden plant and seed companies to create a growing partnership.

A series of farmer-run events in Suffolk – including the Hadleigh Show and the School Farm and Country Fair – have joined the Suffolk Show in being cancelled or postponed due to the coronavirus crisis.

Preparations are progressing for Suffolk’s biggest annual showcase as organisers continue to be guided by government advice in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

Land managers are starting to take steps to calculate their carbon emissions as the farming industry positions itself to become part of the solution to climate change, an East Anglian conference heard.

Suffolk and Essex farmers will be breathing a sigh of relief as the industry’s main tax perks escaped unscathed in the Budget.

A care farm has joined forces with a large local manufacturer to set up a scheme to supply free fruit and vegetables for the plant’s 1,000-strong workforce.

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.

A large farmer on the Suffolk-Norfolk border fears the industry could be facing “a massive disruptor event” as the UK government moves away from the European Union (EU) farm subsidy model.

An Essex arable farmer who served for six years in top roles at the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) said he had “no regrets” as he lost his bid to continue as deputy president.

A Suffolk bishop is set to join a bid to save vital pollinators as part of his Lenten promise.

Canadian scientists are set to try out a new test for a devastating cattle disease – developed by a Suffolk company – on the country’s wild bison population.

A Suffolk start-up expressed delight after its quick TB in cattle test scooped a dairy sector award.

Next year will be a significant one for Gressingham Foods, a duck and niche meat products firm which started life in 1971.

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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