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A prototype fruit-picking robot being developed on an Essex jam maker’s farm has featured in a report on farming of the future.

Worried East Anglian farmers say they have been left in limbo after the industry sought to nail the government down at a key annual conference on what kind of future the sector faces as Brexit looms.

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has welcomed a new county adviser for Suffolk.

Key earthworm types are rare or absent from two out of five fields, a study of England’s farmland has shown.

Those who are on social media can hardly avoid monthly trending campaigns. Lately we have seen #veganuary and #Februdairy: campaigners trying to get noticed, to promote what they think others should be doing and, if they do, the social media machine roars into action.

A free seminar is being organised to help East Anglia’s rural businesses prepare for the introduction of a new system for submitting tax returns online.

There has been a marked loss in oilseed rape crop (OSR) planted areas in the UK, including in East Anglia, a survey suggests.

An increasing volume of non-farmers are snapping up farmland, a survey suggests.

Plant biologists at the University of Essex have scooped half a million pound’s worth of funding to study how crops respond to different levels of stress in the environment.

Rural skills students have helped a local landowner with a devastating illness to create the wildlife haven of his dreams.

East Anglian farmers face an era of ‘survival of the fittest’, they were told this week.

A man who died after in a silo incident in Hestley Green has been named locally as farmer John Edwards.

A brewery is set to unveil a brand new look and a host of new beers at the UK’s biggest craft beer event.

A Suffolk farmer is set to appear before magistrates in Kings Lynn on February 20 to face eight charges related to the disposal of waste.

Peter Meaney of Command Pest Control at Preston St Mary, near Bury St Edmunds, explains the facts behind increases and decreases in a number of common pests last year – including a big rise in wasp numbers

A report suggesting plant-based diets are better for us, and better for the planet, has provoked mixed reactions from East Anglia’s food and farming community, with some pointing out the important role livestock plays in creating good farm systems.

Hundreds of people from across East Anglia turned out for an event where the potato was the star of the show.

Leaders at a Suffolk and Norfolk land college say they are upbeat - in spite of a highly critical government report pouring salt on their wounds after two damning Ofsteds.

Farmers have done ‘a terrible job’ of communicating what they do, an East Anglian conference has heard.

A specialist Norfolk college faces being judged “inadequate” for a third time if urgent improvements aren’t made, an education watchdog has warned.

The Suffolk makers of a pioneering test for devastating livestock diseases are delighted after scooping a royal accolade.

UK farmers bracing themselves for Brexit are facing similar turmoil to the American agricultural sector under Trump, a US farming leader says.

A landowners’ leader has already raised nearly £3,000 for charity as he prepares to head off on a 500km cycle ride in Kenya.

A former Easton and Otley college student has expressed delight after returning as its farm manager with 30 years in the industry under his belt.

A Harwich farmer has collaborated with a sustainable developer on a ground-breaking housing scheme on his land.

Farming features

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

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.

A Suffolk farming family is celebrating the sale of its residential care home diversification to an established operator.

An East Anglian farmers’ leader is cautioning against creating a post-Brexit divide between those able to afford food reared and grown to a high standard in the UK and those who can’t.

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.

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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