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A rare and famous vintage farm machine described as the "most important tractor ever to come to auction in the UK" has been sold for £310,000 at an East Anglian sale.

The first major assessment of a "Payment by Results" pilot scheme in Suffolk and Norfolk has shown that farmers are more motivated to develop nature-friendly practices and are delivering "exceptional results" for wildlife.

A respected farm manager whose career spanned thousands of East Anglian acres has raised almost £6,000 for Parkinson's UK by publishing his memoirs.

Business growth is the best way to retain influence and rise to economic challenges in a rapidly-consolidating food supply chain, farmers were told.

Farmers and rural business leaders have welcomed the prime minister's Brexit breakthrough - and urged MPs to "think very carefully before voting this deal down".

A rejuvenated East Anglian fishing industry could restore hundreds of jobs and boost our economy by £32m - but only if government policies can maximise the "once-in-a-generation chance" offered by Brexit.

Following its resurrection in the Queen's speech, the agriculture bill should now be fast-tracked after a "wasted year" of "legislative limbo", demanded farming leaders.

2019 could be a vintage year for East Anglian wine, according to a viticulturist whose first commercial crop of grapes is among the best he has seen - despite the weather woes elsewhere in the country. CHRIS HILL reports.

During a period of unprecedented change, farm businesses must evolve to stay ahead of the curve says BEN UNDERWOOD, East regional director for the Country Land and Business Association (CLA East).

Farmers have gathered a huge harvest of wheat and barley this season - but they feel betrayed by "disastrous" no-deal Brexit trade tariff proposals which could damage their ability to export the surplus.

There is a role for animals within mixed farms, a Green MEP said after visiting a Suffolk farm.

Every day is a packed one for the head of Suffolk New College - and with the countdown towards a hugely complicated college merger well under way, she is only going to get busier still.

Dire weather has cost a Suffolk dairy farmer £60k - and he's just one casualty among many nationwide in what has been a tough year for the industry.

East Anglian farmers have spoken up in defence of extensively-farmed red meat production after reports suggesting we should move towards a plant-based diet to save the planet.

A vast tomato greenhouse covering an area larger than the O2 Arena will be built outside Bury St Edmunds as part of a £120m project creating 360 new jobs in Suffolk and Norfolk.

The last remaining larger dairy operation in East Anglia is earmarked for closure, with the loss of 19 jobs.

Farming students hope to safeguard the future of one of Britain's oldest native sheep breeds by starting a flock of the rare animals at their college.

A "holy grail" for tractor collectors is expected to fetch up to £120,000 when it goes under the hammer at a major East Anglian vintage farm machinery auction.

Two consultation meetings over the future of Easton and Otley College - which is set to be broken up and joined with two mainstream further education (FE) colleges in their area - have gone well, according to its chair of governors.

A 73 acre former dairy farm and farmhouse with 'great scope' is on the market with a price tag of £1.4m.

A tractor billed as one of the great British inventions is set to go under the hammer in East Anglia in October.

Hugely costly farm blazes raged across the eastern region in 2018 as the long, dry summer led to tinder-dry conditions, according to claims figures.

A chartered surveyor who grew up on a Welsh sheep farm is set to become the new boss at the eastern regional offices of a landowners' lobby group.

Under pressure UK beef farmers haven't been helped by "selective and distorting" stories about turning to vegetable-based diets because of climate change, a farmers' leader says.

A north Essex fruit farmer and juice maker has added a Sicilian orange juice to its range in response to demand from trade customers.

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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