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Two Suffolk butchers are among a host of businesses to make the cut at a prestigious regional awards event.

A horse-riding champion is set to visit the Essex land college where two of her horses were bred.

Plans for new poultry units to expand production at a farm that experienced an outbreak of avian flu have been given the go-ahead.

Play-starved adults and children are set to enjoy 'green therapy' as a new forest-based venture is launched.

The launch of a long-awaited new version of the Agriculture Bill overturning the current farm subsidy system in favour of a radical new 'public money for public goods' approach has been broadly welcomed by Suffolk farmers' leaders.

Farmers in Essex will be celebrating the start of the agricultural year with a special service at Thaxted Church, near Dunmow.

The new landowners' leader for the East of England believes the untapped potential of the rural economy is a "huge opportunity" for the UK as we move into a new era.

There has been a mixed reaction from Suffolk farmers after environment secretary Theresa Villiers sought to reassure them that UK agricultural standards would not be compromised in pursuit of crucial post-Brexit trade deals.

A restriction zone around a commercial chicken farm in Mid Suffolk has been lifted after officials deemed it disease-free.

For anyone struggling to know what to do with their left over Christmas tree, don't worry - the goats will happily make a meal of it.

Suffolk and Essex farmers thinking about diversifying might want to think about grape growing, according to a farming expert.

An agricultural college is set for a new future after changing its name during a merger with Ipswich-based Suffolk New College.

A 'living archive' featuring scenes from Lea Valley's vast horticultural industry has been launched.

A leading environmentally-friendly farmer has been named as a wildlife champion at a national awards event.

Two complicated college mergers - and a land college de-merger - are set to go ahead on January 1 as the final legal hurdles are resolved.

A specialist meat firm is gearing up for a "very strong" festive season following major investment in its north Suffolk factory.

Campaigners fighting the mass-expansion of Suffolk's intensive poultry industry have said a recent bird flu outbreak should act as a wake up call to authorities.

The Port of Ipswich has doubled its grain exports this year - after a bumper harvest.

Investigations are continuing into the source of an outbreak of bird flu on a commercial chicken farm in Mid Suffolk where thousands of birds are being culled.

A chair of governors has hit out at the "heavy hand" of regulators as his college sought to recover from the blow of two successive failed Ofsted inspections.

A senior Suffolk farmer said he was "extremely alarmed" that the Brexit issue had dominated the general election - at the expense of climate change.

The return of bird flu to East Anglia should act as a "wake-up call" for the region's poultry farmers to step up their efforts to prevent another devastating outbreak.

A house that was one the home of a Victorian farm bailiff is being put up for sale - having retained many of the extra features appropriate to a man of his stature.

A Suffolk-based farmers' co-operative saw a record turnover in the year to June 2019 - but overall profits plummeted.

Iona Cooper was just a toddler when she decided she wanted to be a farmer.

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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