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Shortages in the numbers of agriculture and horticulture workers risk becoming a “crisis” if urgent action is not taken to fill gaps in labour supply, MPs have said.

It’s a vulnerable rarity which can only be found clinging to life in a roadside ditch near a burger van in Cambridgeshire.

Orchards and outdoor fruit production could be vulnerable to the cold snap predicted to be heading for East Anglia this week, farming leaders have warned.

The relocation of an annual showcase of countryside pursuits has been hailed a success after thousands of visitors flocked to its new rural setting.

The East Anglian Game and Country Fair will bring thousands of visitors to the event’s new venue at the Euston Estate near Thetford this weekend. Here are ten rural pastimes or sporting spectacles you can enjoy at the show.

Thousands of visitors are expected at a country estate in the heart of East Anglia this weekend for an annual showcase of rural sports, pastimes and family entertainment.

Rural crime will top the agenda at a special meeting hosted by Norfolk’s police and crime commissioner (PCC) next month.

A flurry of farmland sales has reduced the backlog of property left on the market after 2016, said rural property agents – but demand and prices remain highly variable.

Farmers have been urged to take responsibility for putting their case to voters and prospective MPs during what could be the industry’s most pivotal election campaign for decades.

The impact of business uncertainty and cashflow pressures on the mental health of farmers was underlined by a national charity chairman during a visit to Norfolk.

An industry initiative has been re-launched aiming to develop young people’s skills in one of East Anglia’s key farming sectors.

Farming leaders hope the forthcoming general election will offer a “platform for long-term stability” – but warned that the workings of government must not grind to a halt in the meantime.

The rising price of fuel has helped drive a 6pc increase in the cost of farming in recent months, according to inflation figures compiled by a Norfolk-based purchasing group.

Young Farmers profiles: Emma Hunt

Thursday, April 13, 2017

As part of our regular series of profiles on the region’s Young Farmers’ Club (YFC) members, EMMA HUNT talks about the seasonal demands of marketing fresh produce.

The sugar industry has become a focal point for a key debate on post-EU food policy – should the government’s priority be free trade or protecting British farmers? CHRIS HILL reports.

A Norfolk farmer has started selling whole cows to restaurant chefs – a move to shorten the food chain, enhance the provenance story and gain full value from the animal.

The Spring Fling gave young children a starting point in their farming education – but how can the industry maintain their interest through high school, university and into increasingly technical careers? CHRIS HILL reports.

The 18th annual Spring Fling drew 5,000 visitors to the Norfolk Showground earlier this week, where a host of activities were organised to educate children about food and farming.

A Norfolk farmer who overcame horrific injuries to become a charity champion for the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) will be celebrated by football fans at Carrow Road on Saturday.

As part of our regular series of profiles on the region’s Young Farmers’ Club (YFC) members, JIM ALDOUS tells us about his key role within one of the UK’s largest farming companies.

Animal health and trading standards officers are investigating the death of about 60 cattle at a farm near the Norfolk/Suffolk border.

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