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Fri, 16:45

A new competition at the 2019 Suffolk Show is set to enable budding artists from across the county to showcase their work.

Farmers and farming professionals across East Anglia got to grips with the ‘holy trinity of chaos’ facing the industry on Thursday (December 6) at an event in Newmarket.

Would farmers spend more time and effort ensuring their environmental plots delivered for wildlife if they were only paid on results?

A couple who took over a family farm six years ago so the wife’s parents could retire and they could bring up the family there is set to open a new shop.

A Suffolk farm manager for Woodbridge-based Gressingham Foods has received a poultry industry accolade.

The government’s urgent drive to reduce agricultural ammonia emissions will demand a sharper focus on livestock nutrition, building design and slurry storage, East Anglian farmers were told.

A Suffolk sausage maker has made a festive breakthrough at Tesco stores.

A new farm shop, featuring its own wine, apple juice and premium beef produce is launching from Saturday, December 1.

A Suffolk hand-made brick making family is surprised and delighted after scooping a national Historic England award for its unique contribution to restoring the UK’s precious heritage.

Meat product maker Cranswick has reported near-flat profit growth of 1%, against a tougher background for the meat market.

East Anglian farmers are embracing change as they face up to the challenges of Brexit, a survey suggests.

A Suffolk premium chicken producer has secured a new listing with the East of England Co-op.

A Suffolk-based petfood firm is set to sponsor a prestigious tennis event - after it introduced specially-trained ball-dogs.

Suffolk schools are being urged to get their applications in for a range of farming-related educational initiatives run by the charity behind the Suffolk Show.

Agri biotech innovator AlphaBio Control has scooped a Green Apple Award for environmental best practice after creating what may be ‘the holy grail of insecticides’.

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) is urging farmers and growers to use the next few months to carry out a ‘health check’ on their abstraction licences to make sure they are fit to meet current needs.

What we are doing to stem and reverse catastrophic changes caused by climate change is ‘not good enough by a long way’, a leading environmentalist warned Suffolk farmers this week.

Suffolk chocolatiers have created an oversized chocolate whirl to get shoppers into the festive spirit and highlight locally-made produce.

A small batch of carefully reared, grape-fed Essex turkeys are set to go on sale at luxury London retailer Harrods in time for Christmas.

It would be a ‘tragedy’ to lose our rural-based colleges, Suffolk’s Lord Lieutenant has warned in the wake of the publication on November 12 of a second damning Ofsted report for Easton and Otley College.

A brother and sister at the helm of a highly successful Suffolk nursing home farm diversification business are over the moon after scooping a top industry award.

Suffolk Young Farmers is looking for a new county organiser with ‘energy and enthusiasm’ to co-ordinate and build on its achievements to date.

A Suffolk-based farmers’ co-operative is celebrating record results as its turnover soared to £195m, and its surplus rose to the highest in its 58-year history.

Chair of the board of governors at Easton and Otley College, Mark Pendlington, reflects on what will be needed to steer the college forward after its shock Ofsted rating

Easton and Otley College principal and chief executive Jane Townsend gives her insights into what has happened as the team reflects on its second ‘inadequate’ rating

Farming features

Tue, 16:13

A delighted Suffolk farmer has scooped the top beef cattle award at Colchester Christmas livestock prime stock show for the first time.

Blakenham Nursery, a glasshouse growing scheme which began just four years ago on the outskirts of Ipswich, is now about to become a reality as the first tomato plants arrive in December 2018, ready to be cultivated and harvested.

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

Easton and Otley College was dealt a body-blow when Ofsted inspectors rated it ‘inadequate’ for the second year in a row in a hard-hitting report published on November 12, 2018, but the college leadership remains determined to turn it around.

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.

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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