Environment secretary Andrea Leadsom. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

The environment secretary said she “doesn’t have final answers” after farmers demanded clarity on what the post-Brexit policies will mean for UK agriculture.

The British Sugar beet sugar factory next the the River Yare at Cantley.

Picture: James Bass

The end of EU quotas could allow East Anglia’s sugar beet industry to ramp up production by 50pc and boost its already-significant role in the region’s rural economy.

A field of potatoes being irrigated. Picture: James Bass

A spirit of compromise and co-operation can help keep vital supplies of water flowing to East Anglia’s farms – but only if farmers, environmentalists and other users can find common ground.

East Anglia rainfall, August 2016 - January 2017

A six-month period of below-average rainfall has left East Anglia’s groundwater supplies low – prompting concerns for resources should the region suffer a second dry winter.

Norfolk NFU chairman Tony Bambridge, managing director of B&C Farming at Marsham. Picture: Brian Finnerty / NFU

A key spokesman for Norfolk agriculture is urging farmers to champion their industry as they prepare for life after Brexit.

Steve Hart has won the title of national Pig Farmer of the Year. Picture: Ian Burt

A commitment to high-welfare production has helped an award-winning pig farmer win new export customers in the USA, farmers’ club members were told.

James Debbage and Michelle Evans at Green Pastures in Bergh Apton. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

East Anglian firms will compete for national titles after winning their regional categories in a rural business awards scheme.

Sugar beet haulier Billy Cornell is retiring after 45 years with the Euston Estate. Pictured with an engraved spade given to him as a retirement gift. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

After 45 years of loyalty to an East Anglian estate, a sugar beet haulier has handed over his trucking legacy to the contractor who harvests the farm’s crop.

Tom Saunders, Norfolk Young Farmers

As part of our regular series of profiles on the region’s Young Farmers’ Club (YFC) members, TOM SAUNDERS highlights the variety of influences which have shaped his farming career.

Bird flu outbreak at Redgrave.

Preparations are under way to cull 23,000 birds at an East Anglian poultry farm after confirmation that the site is infected with a highly-pathogenic strain of bird flu.

Bird flu outbreak at Redgrave. Redgrave Community Shop volunteer David Maycock.

The village at the centre of East Anglia’s bird flu outbreak is surrounded by poultry businesses, and its inhabitants are no strangers to the disease threats to the industry, having witnessed a similar outbreak in 2007.

Norfolk sheep farmer Chris Lewis, who died in 2007.

Young livestock farmers have a chance to bid for a £5,000 prize in an awards scheme established in memory of an inspirational Norfolk stockman.

Avian flu suspected outbreak February 13, 2017

An estimated 23,000 birds are due to be slaughtered after a suspected outbreak of bird flu at a poultry farm near Diss.

Russet potatoes grown in East Anglia.

Frustrated potato farmers reporting “severe” payment deductions from processors and packers must be given more transparency on why they are being penalised, farmers’ leaders say.

The first lambs of spring have arrived at Church Farm in Stow Bardolph. Also pictured is Easton College student Phoebe Russell. Picture: Ian Burt

It’s a certain sign that spring is finally in the air – and after the arrival of the season’s first lambs, a west Norfolk farm park hopes many more will follow in time for half-term visitors.

Free range poultry producer Alaistaire Brice, who owns Havensfield Happy Hens.

An East Anglian free range egg producer is infuriated by “two-tier” new bird flu prevention rules, which he fears will punish some farmers while allowing others to return to normal operations.

Dereham Young Farmers' Club tractor road run, 2017

Dereham Young Farmers’ Club (YFC) members are preparing to drive their tractors more than 200 miles around Norfolk, visiting the county’s 27 senior YFC and junior Countrysider clubs en route.

South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon.

The government offered too little support for farmers struggling due to late subsidy payments last year – a failure which “does not inspire confidence” in its ability to cope with the challenges of Brexit.

Mark Gorton of Traditional Norfolk Poultry, with some of his free-range chickens, pictured before the prevention zone was introduced. Photograph Simon Parker

Some poultry producers in East Anglia face “significant threats to their businesses” as new targeted bird flu prevention measures mean they could no longer label their products as free range.

Oliver and Charlotte Gurney have invested in six new commercial units at White House Farm in Sprowston.

A growing enterprise on the outskirts of Norwich has continued to diversify away from its fruit-farming roots by investing £600,000 in a courtyard of new business units.

Blight-resistant potato plants developed at the The Sainsbury Laboratory . Photo : Steve Adams

Norwich plant scientists have outlined plans for a field trial of genetically-modified (GM) potatoes which they believe could help defeat a major crop disease.

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