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Saturday, June 15, 2019

Sourced Locally producer D C Williamson has just released its fruit juices into East of England Co-op stores...we found out more about the brand.

An aptly-named pocket of ancient woodland close to a Suffolk beauty spot has gone on the market with a guide price of £300K.

A farming industry outcry over the right to shoot "pest" bird species to protect crops and livestock has pressured the government into replacing licences revoked earlier this year.

A Suffolk based potato grower is set to help growers battle the challenges ahead as the sector faces a critical year.

Farmers say they will tackle air pollution after figures revealed Suffolk is among the nation's worst producers of toxic ammonia.

Current and former governors of crisis-hit Easton and Otley College have hit out at a decision to reject a merger bid from the University of East Anglia (UEA) - despite strong support for the option.

The chair of governors at Easton and Otley College has admitted that the plans for its break-up are "not quite what I hoped for".

Where do you go if you are starting out in life and want to become a top farmer or an agricultural pioneer?

There are question marks over why a bid from a top university to partner up with Easton and Otley College after its two failed Ofsteds was rejected.

A north Suffolk pig farmer who has been exhibiting at the county show for 50 years was delighted after he was presented with a special gift at the event.

A Suffolk farmer leading the UK industry into a more sustainable future by trialling new techniques and strategies admits it's been another challenging year for crop growing.

Hundreds of farms, including across Suffolk and Essex, will be taking part in Open Farm Sunday on June 9.

Three thousand schoolchildren from primary schools across Essex got to meet farmers from their county on a fun day out.

A land-based college operating across Suffolk and Norfolk is set to be broken up after being rated 'inadequate' by Ofsted inspectors.

As soon as Suffolk Show 2019 ended on May 30, a new farming heavyweight took over the reins. Bruce Kerr, of Wm Kerr (Farms) Ltd, has officially begun his three year term at the helm of the county's biggest and most prestigious event.

A longstanding Suffolk Show exhibitor joined the 'other side' this year as he took over the reins in the cattle rings.

Farming was brought boldly to life this week as the Suffolk Show launched its latest attraction.

Two agricultural apprentices shone through in a competition to find Suffolk's most promising future farming leaders.

A trial scheme through which farmers in Suffolk and Norfolk are encouraging birds and bees is showing great promise, a government minister said on a visit to the Suffolk Show.

Three generations of a dairy family where even the young grandchildren help to look after the cows are celebrating after a top success at the Suffolk Show.

Farmers have dug in to help a landowner bring some of the UK's fastest broadband speeds to a rural estate near Lowestoft - a collaboration which has won praise from an MP.

Irrigated farmland and productive pasture near Thetford has come on the market with a guide price in excess of £2.2m.

The 2019 Suffolk Show is over - but what makes this year's event stand out? What will visitors remember about the event in years to come?

It is goodbye to the Suffolk Show for another year, as the agricultural festival finished its final day in style.

Engineering students at Suffolk New College have brought a former armoured car back to life for the Royal Air Force.

Farming features

Thursday, May 30, 2019

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.

A Suffolk duck meat firm is hoping to drive sales during Chinese new year with a joint supermarket campaign with the Blue Dragon brand.

"We take the attitude if you are going to do it, do it properly," says farmer Pete Thompson as he describes how he branched out into apple orchards.

Tough times may be ahead for the farming industry, but farmland is often seen as a safe harbour in uncertain times, East Anglian land agents point out as the farming industry grapples with the fall-out from the current political uncertainty created by the Brexit impasse.

The importance of the pork industry to the Suffolk economy is set to be recognised in a poster campaign to promote its biggest showcase event as two perky pigs take centre-stage.

A Halesworth game pie maker, a Suffolk coastal village's post office store and butcher, and a pub near Colchester are among a host of rural businesses set to battle it out in a regional contest.

The government must do more to help out farmers who didn't receive their farm subsidy payments in December, farmers' leaders say.

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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