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He wanted to be a farmer and now looks after 3500 of them. CAROLINE CULOT spoke to Jon Duffy, CEO of The AF Group, a £270m business based in Norfolk.

An East Anglian dairy farm has invested £500,000 in its pursuit of the perfect cheese – the latest stage of a targeted diversification which has bolstered its profitability and changed the shape of its herd.

Livestock farmers have been warned to pay closer attention to health and safety after farm inspectors raised concerns over cattle-handling incidents.

East Anglian farmers have the chance to quiz a senior figure in their industry at the latest in a series of agricultural discussions in Halesworth.

Some of the world’s rarest and most unusual vintage tractors – as well as classic cars and motorcycles – will go under the hammer at a major East Anglian auction this month.

A total of 15% of farmland put up for sale in England in the first three months of this year was in East Anglia, according to latest research.

Farmers’ leaders have reacted with a mixture of relief and exasperation over a decision to extend Article 50 to delay the UK’s departure from the European Union.

A ‘delightful’ area of ancient woodland on the edge of Ipswich is being offered up for sale, without a guide price.

A premium turkey producer has announced it is launching into the turkey ‘butterfly’ market in order to beat off overseas competition.

A new poultry plant extension planned for north Suffolk is set to create hundreds of new jobs aimed at Brexit-proofing the business.

The appointment of a new Strategic Farm East farm host to take UK potato growing to greater heights has been postponed.

Suffolk Show goers will get to see some of the ground-breaking hi-tech work going on in the county – and an insight into what we will be watching in the future – as communications giant BT returns for its second year.

Monitoring of highly productive crop fields in East Anglia last year has identified a ‘huge’ number of insects and a ‘vast’ array of biodiversity, its organisers say.

A survey of farmers on the impact of the 2018 agricultural drought has underlined sector concerns in East Anglia, the UK’s driest region.

Staff at a Suffolk insurers’ office spent three days on a charity cycle challenge – while static.

Norfolk and Suffolk farmers have experienced contrasting fortunes with oilseed rape crop pests this season, according to experts.

Standing still should not be an option for Suffolk and Essex landowners and farmers who are tempted to hold out for a clear outcome from the UK’s Brexit crisis, land agents say.

Demand for redundant farm buildings is on the rise in East Anglia after planning rules were relaxed by government, a land agent says.

UK farmers may well look to new crops to grow in future – but will need to hedge their bets, an Essex crop expert says.

Outdoor pursuits ranging from dizzying BMX and parachute stunts to traditional equine and falconry displays will draw the crowds when the East Anglian Game and Country Fair returns next month.

Suffolk Remain and Leave farmers were united in frustration at the continuing political stalemate as they gathered in Ipswich to learn more about a sector shake-up planned for after Brexit.

Tribute has been paid to a ‘larger than life’ vegetable grower, who farmed across East Anglia including Suffolk, following his death.

East Anglian cereal farmers are already feeling the chilling effects of Brexit uncertainty and could be crippled by cheap imported grain coupled with hefty export tariffs, a Suffolk cereal farmer fears.

Suffolk farmers fear their industry will be at the sharp end of Brexit, and feel deep frustration at the way in which it is being handled by politicians.

The chances of much support for UK farming in a post-Brexit future are “pretty small” and a “dramatic shock” to the industry is inevitable, a Suffolk-based food entrepreneur predicts.

Farming features

Sunday, April 7, 2019

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.

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

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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