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The East Anglian countryside is providing a poignant palette for an artist's bid to complete 100 illustrations in 100 days to help a farming mental health charity.

Police and countryside workers are on high alert as illegal hare coursing incidents spread across Suffolk, Essex and the rest of East Anglia following harvest.

There were big smiles and no long faces at the annual Family Horse and Dog Show in Suffolk.

Growing trees alongside crops - or 'agroforestry' - could be an "exciting" option for farmers in the battle to slow down climate change, a prominent Suffolk farmer says.

The exceptional achievements of Suffolk farming students has been celebrated at an awards event.

Opening up Britain to US food imports under a 'no-deal' Brexit could have "serious" consequences for East Anglia's hugely important poultry sector, farmers' leaders have warned.

East Anglian farmers hailing a bumper wheat harvest may have their celebrations cut short - if they are hit by a hard Brexit.

More than half of UK farms could go out of business as a result of a "disastrous" no-deal Brexit, according to farmers campaigning for a second EU referendum.

Brexit could lead to a bigger pig and poultry sector in the UK, an animal feed firm predicts.

A farmer has hit out at Suffolk County Council after its contractors flailed one of its roadside nature reserves too early - destroying its wild flowers.

Fresh fears about the expansion of intensive poultry farming have been raised after further proposals were announced for huge chicken barns housing hundreds of thousands of birds.

Landowners along proposed routes for a northern bypass for Ipswich are being urged to engage early on in the consultation process if they want to influence the decision-making process.

The UK meat industry is in a period of crisis as demand plummets, prices fall and Brexit looms, Suffolk and Essex livestock leaders have warned.

East Anglian farmers are "acutely aware" of the climate change challenge and committed to tackling it, a farmers' leader said as a new report warned of the dire effects land use was having on temperature rises.

A rare breeds farm on the edge of Ipswich is celebrating after scooping an accolade for its newly-opened butchery.

The cost of crime to Suffolk's rural community has fallen by 10% in the last year, according to an annual insurance report - bucking a trend seen nationally, including in neighbouring Essex, where claims topped £2million.

Tourists are being warned about the dangers a foreign pork pie or ham sandwich could do to our pig industry as part of a new campaign to keep a devastating animal disease outside the UK's borders.

Economic uncertainty has driven a decline in the amount of farmland being offered for sale, said rural agents.

East Anglian farming leaders have demanded more than just "positive words" from Boris Johnson after he vowed to back Britain's "great farmers" after Brexit.

The event was organised by Fram Farmers chief executive Richard Anscombe, who is also a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Farmers.

A family-owned fruit farm operating in the Dedham Vale has scooped an international green energy award for its biogas generation.

An area of arable land and woodland in the Tendring Hundred is up for sale with a guide price tag of £875k.

Suffolk and Essex farmers are feeling the pressure as extreme temperatures and harvest time collide - but they are more than up to the job, the National Farmers' Union (NFU) says.

Farmers have set out five key policy priorities for new prime minister Boris Johnson - with industry leaders in East Anglia urging him to avoid the potential damage of a no-deal Brexit.

A dairy farmer who set up a cheese venture when his business was in the doldrums says the move had opened up a 'world of possibilities'.

Farming features

Friday, August 2, 2019

A charitable showcase of vintage machines, farming heritage and family entertainment will draw crowds to a Norfolk village next weekend.

A popular summer show will return next month, marking its 13th year.

A live milking parlour is set to greet visitors to this year's Tendring Hundred Show as an Essex dairy farmer takes on the top ceremonial position.

Placard-waving protestors, a model Spitfire, a giant motorised chicken and driverless tractors are among the attractions in a colourful celebration of 100 years of farming at this week's Royal Norfolk Show.

The agricultural industry should be "embarrassed" about its health and safety record, a national farmers' leader said as he prepared to visit Suffolk to highlight the issue.

The agricultural industry should be "embarrassed" about its health and safety record, a national farmers' leader said as he prepared to visit Suffolk to highlight the issue.

A moving tribute has been paid to one of the Suffolk Show's heavy horse stalwarts at this year's event.

It was a great day for Suffolk beef cattle farmers on the first day of the Suffolk Show, as they showed how the county still prizes its livestock, despite being in a strongly arable region.

Final preparations are under way for the Suffolk Show, which is set to unveil a host of innovations for this year's event.

The Fens is a food production powerhouse worth £3.1bn to the East's economy - but more must be done to protect its vast contributions to the nation's larders, says a new report.

Four-legged friends will be getting the five-star treatment at the Suffolk Show this year, with dog watering points across the showground.

The Fens is a food production powerhouse worth £3.1bn to the East's economy - but more must be done to protect its vast contributions to the nation's larders, says a new report.

A centenary celebration of the UK arrival of a celebrated Chicago-built tractor is set to take place in Suffolk in June.

The Royal Norfolk Show has unveiled its programme for this summer's celebration of county life - promising a fabulous feast of farming, spectacular live entertainment and mouthwatering food.

A spectacular 'woodland garden' floral tribute pulled together by nationally-renowned experts is set to go on display at this year's Suffolk Show.

UK farming's main gateway to overseas trade was given a boost this week with the opening of a new fertiliser plant.

Rural communities in Suffolk, Essex and the rest of England are being short-changed by government and therefore failing to fulfil their huge economic potential, according to a hard-hitting report.

To celebrate its 20th anniversary Cambridgeshire County Show is launching a Design Your Own Robot competition.

Investing in anaerobic digestion (AD) plants as a means of diversifying farm businesses should be approached with care, those involved in the sector have warned.

A "fabulous" competition searching for Islington's best horticultural creations is now open for submissions.

To supply excellent quality, affordable and nutritious food for everyone should be the aspiration of all British farmers.

A new bid to help members of Suffolk's farming community suffering from mental anguish took a big step forward this week with a training initiative for those involved in the industry.

It's a bitter-sweet moment preparing for your last show, Suffolk Show director Bee Kemball has admitted.

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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