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A bid to enshrine food safety into law and require imported food to meet domestic legal standards was defeated this week with the help of all Suffolk and north Essex MPs - except one.

Sales of publicly-marketed farmland have plummeted to an all-time low across Suffolk, Essex and Norfolk as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Poultry farmers and backyard hen-keepers have been warned that bird flu could return to East Anglia this winter – carried by wild birds migrating from outbreak hotspots in Russia and Kazakhstan.

The “extensive role” of farmers in maintaining and improving treasured landscapes has been outlined in an industry report – which also calls for “fair reward” from the government.

Farming leaders in East Anglia have criticised a “disappointing decision” by MPs who voted against new legal safeguards aimed at protecting food growers from “a flood of cheap imports”.

Like all hospitality-based businesses, Suffolk’s most widely known farm attraction has faced its own challenges during the coronavirus crisis.

Farming and countryside groups have joined forces to produce a detailed “roadmap” for future environmental payments – in the hope it can fill the gaps in the government’s post-Brexit policy plans.

The first in a series of UK farms which will provide a test-bed for new agricultural ideas has been launched in Suffolk.

Farming can alleviate many of society’s present ills – but the industry will need a post-Brexit cash boost to achieve that, a group of nature-friendly farmers say.

A “low carbon” farmer said he was delighted after winning a contract to supply spuds for a global meal kits brand.

A Suffolk farmer is at the forefront of a promotional campaign by fast food giant McDonald’s highlighting its commitment to UK produce.

Government proposals to allow in tariff-free imports of raw cane sugar from around the world has come under fire from angry East Anglian sugar beet farmers.

A landowners’ leader has given birth to a baby girl.

A new vineyard set by a beautiful working tide mill on the Essex coast is celebrating its first harvest.

A smaller 57-acre farm on the Norfolk/Suffolk border is being offered up for sale with an overall price tag of £1.11m.

It’s faced a muddy two-month weather delay and a potential minefield around the coronavirus crisis – but a giant tomato glasshouse project looks set to come in ahead of schedule in December 2020 or early January.

Farmers and past Suffolk Show directors say organisers of next year’s event were right to cancel it.

Organisers of the Suffolk Show have decided to cancel next year’s event after deeming it not possible to hold “safely and with confidence”.

It’s been a harvest of two halves for farmer and vineyard owner Angus Crowther.

Farming leaders in East Anglia have welcomed a vote by the House of Lords aiming to increase parliamentary scrutiny of how post-Brexit trade deals will affect UK food producers.

A Suffolk farm equipment manufacturer is set to launch a new trailer range across its UK network and mainland Europe after signing a deal with a Dutch firm.

East Anglian turkey producers are battling to adjust to the new realities of a Covid Christmas as the traditional feast is downsized.

Who could have predicted at the start of the coronavirus pandemic how quickly the country would go back to basics?

Pupils at a primary school in Martlesham have been selling their home grown produce to the community - and their veggies are so popular they are usually sold out within an hour.

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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