A ban on poultry gatherings and auctions is set to be lifted from May 15, after Defra officials downgraded the risk level from bird flu.

The combination of a prolonged dry spell coupled with sharp spring frosts has been causing problems for many farms across East Anglia.

Environment secretary Andrea Leadsom was quizzed on topics ranging from pesticide regulation to post-Brexit labour issues during her long-awaited first official visit to Norfolk and Suffolk.

The president of this year’s Royal Norfolk Show hopes to unite farming and church communities to improve understanding of the food industry, and to focus on people’s physical, mental and spiritual health.

As part of our regular series of profiles on the region’s Young Farmers’ Club (YFC) members, SAM BAKER explains how the club’s support helped him set up his new contracting business.

Average farming incomes stabilised in 2016, rising by 1.5pc according to new government figures.

Rare tractors and classic steam engines were among 3,000 lots which brought record-breaking prices totalling £2m at a vintage machinery sale in Cambridgeshire.

The organisation behind the Royal Norfolk Show says poor weather, a rise in non-paying school visitors and a national downward attendance trend all contributed to a financial loss for last year.

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.

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