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Sheep and cattle farming in the UK should be cut by between a fifth and a half to help tackle climate change, a committee led by Suffolk’s Lord Deben says.

A Suffolk and Norfolk land-based college has been dealt a crushing blow after inspectors rated it “inadequate” for the second year in a row.

A farmers’ leader called on those involved in the industry to reach out more to the public as he visited Suffolk this week.

The government’s agriculture bill came under fire for failing to focus enough on healthy food production as Suffolk farmers met this week.

Wines of the region can vie with the best in the world, Suffolk vineyard owners said as a report into England’s vine growing potential was released.

Christmas is set to come alive at a nursing home run by a Suffolk farming family as a reindeer makes a festive appearance.

The best place to grow grapes for the world’s top tipples may soon be parts of East Anglia rather than the great wine regions of France, according to a new report.

A stalwart of Suffolk Young Farmers is stepping down after an incident which left her feeling ‘heartbroken’.

Members of the Nature Friendly Farming Network (NFFN) protested outside Parliament last week to demand that the Government prioritises nature friendly farming in the forthcoming Agriculture Bill.

UK pig farms were the only agricultural sector to see a fall in income in the last financial year, as input costs rose and output fell, figures show.

An effigy of Ed Sheeran was among the star exhibits in a scarecrow competition in a Suffolk town.

British Sugar has come under fire from the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) after technical difficulties led it to take down its online sugar beet grower portal, prompting criticism about its investment in the industry.

Local shops have enjoyed an uplift in sales since a farmers’ market was launched in the town 10 years ago, organisers say.

A care homes business set up by a farming family is in the running for a series of national awards.

Autumn budget changes to capital allowances gives farmers and landowners “a good opportunity” to invest in their businesses, land agents say.

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.

A Suffolk farming charity has funded a range of films aimed at encouraging more young people into the industry.

UK onion sizes are smaller this year, with the crop falling by 40% in the face of extreme weather conditions, growers say.

When I was elected to the role of NFU Sugar vice-chairman, it was foremost in my mind that every grower’s business is different and that, when representing growers, we can only try to achieve what is in the best interests of the majority.

A rare Essex relic of a bygone farming era has fetched double its pre-sale estimate at auction after a bidding battle.

On November 1, 2017, Brian Barker’s farm at Westhorpe, near Stowmarket, became the Agricultural Horticultural Development Board’s (AHDB) first Strategic Farm for Cereals and Oilseeds in the UK. 
This month he looks at the impacts of the new Agriculture Bill and our withdrawal from the EU Common Agricultural Policy

A major tax break for farmers is unlikely to be on the chancellor’s chopping board in Monday’s budget, experts believe.

Six Suffolk and Essex rural businesses took top honours at a regional awards event celebrating the countryside’s diverse entrepreneurship at a ceremony in Ipswich.

Pig farmers’ leaders have warned a ‘no deal’ Brexit could heighten the risk of animal diseases spreading.

Work has begun on what is described as one of the most advanced poultry factories in Europe, which is taking shape in Eye.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

The organisation behind the Suffolk Show has joined forces with a hospice fundraising drive featuring a lovable fictional elephant.

Agri-tech schedule for upcoming REAP Conference

East Anglian farmers and land managers should start preparing their budgets without the direct payment element in order to ready themselves for life post-Brexit, land agents advise following the publication of the government’s much-anticipated and environment-heavy Agriculture Bill this month.

A five-year funded project to restore heathland at Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s Knettishall Heath reserve comes to an end this month but the benefits to wildlife in the area will be seen for years to come. ROSS BENTLEY reports.

Vintage farming machinery, ploughing and threshing demonstrations, a bird of prey display, a fun dog show and a farmers market are just some of the attractions featured in Ingworth Trosh and Country Fair, which kicks off at midday.

Vintage farm machines will demonstrate how ploughing, threshing and baling used to be done on Norfolk fields as a rural fair returns for its 15th year.

Plans have been submitted to build a farm shop incorporating a cafe and butchery at a farm in Great Ellingham.

One of the nation’s oldest agricultural shows will welcome thousands of visitors to Watton today – with its farming and livestock roots are still central to its enduring appeal.

North Devon Show is all set to make an eagerly awaited return to Umberleigh Barton Farm on Wednesday (August 1).

North Devon Show is all set to make an eagerly awaited return to Umberleigh Barton Farm on Wednesday, August 1.

Top-performing farming students have received a clutch of accolades for their achievements at an awards ceremony held in Suffolk.

An agronomist whose lifelong ambition has been to own his own farm business is set to realise his dream with the opening of a new agri-tourism venture.

A new book by Mark Cocker is a major event and his latest is a work of sweeping ambition - a sobering tale of the conservation movement’s development in the face of huge wildlife declines. Ross Bentley spoke to the Norfolk-based writer about the themes he has raised.

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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