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An East Anglian dairy farm which created an award-winning cheese after switching to a herd of Montbeliarde cows is celebrating a national innovation title.

What makes a champion pig farm? According to the Norfolk winner of the 2018 national Pig Farmer of the Year title, it has a lot to do with resilience, common sense and staff involvement.

An 89-year-old Norfolk farmer is lucky to be alive after being run over by his own vintage tractor – and now he’s putting his entire collection up for sale.

The food produced in agricultural heartlands like Norfolk must take centre stage in the government’s post-Brexit policies, says RACHEL CARRINGTON, the new East Anglia regional director for the National Farmers’ Union (NFU).

Climate change could spell disaster for drinkers – causing a global beer shortage and potentially doubling the price of a pint, warned Norwich researchers.

If it wasn’t for the quick-thinking actions of his fellow farmers, Richard Morris might not be alive today.

A national snack bars and cereals company in Halstead which has been highlighted as one of the area’s top performing businesses is on a drive to find beekepers.

Industry leaders have urged Defra to work more closely with farmers to ensure smooth delivery of a rural grants scheme whose latest £30m funding window was announced this week.

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has appointed a new regional director for East Anglia – less than a month after her predecessor took on the role.

Diversification to find new income streams should be a key consideration for East Anglia’s rural businesses amid the uncertainties of Brexit, a seminar was told.

Diss Young Farmers’ Club (YFC) has raised more than £9,000 for a charity which helps people affected by rare diseases.

The government has rejected an appeal for a temporary exemption to the EU ban on neonicotinoid seed treatments for sugar beet, due to “risks to bees and the wider environment”.

Animals will be killed again at the site of a Halal abattoir where secret cameras exposed a string of offences.

A mystery illness is killing East Anglia’s hares – sparking a call for the public to report sick animal sightings and help researchers diagnose the disease.

A £3.5m specialist malting plant in north Norfolk – the first of its kind in Britain – has come on stream this week.

A champion north Norfolk farmer has retained his title as his club’s best malting barley grower.

Norfolk farmer Alan Barnard, who has died aged 89, caused a sensation in the late 1950s by paying a record price for land.

A bumper autumn apple harvest has blessed East Anglian cider with its best taste for a decade, according to drinks producers.

The government has been urged to ensure its post-Brexit farming legislation has a “clear and overarching” focus on food production, ahead of the second reading of its Agriculture Bill today.

Farmers battling beetle pests in their oilseed rape said the weather and date the seeds were planted could be decisive factors in the success of next year’s crop.

One of the region’s largest suppliers of farming equipment has set its sights on a south Norfolk village for a new headquarters.

The first official estimates for the 2018 cereals harvest show wheat production fell by 5.1pc in 2018 – and barley by 7.9pc – due to the hot, dry summer.

After a few tense days of negotiation the new owner of Banham Poultry was announced on Friday.

The countryside came to the heart of the city today to share a celebration of the Norfolk harvest with hundreds of urban visitors.

Farming leaders have welcomed the sale which secures Banham Poultry’s future within East Anglia’s “hugely important” chicken industry – but asked for more clarity over money owed to creditors.

A 21-year-old Aberdeen Angus cattle farmer has claimed a national prize for Norfolk after beating strong competition from the breed’s Scottish heartlands.

Banham Poultry’s rescue deal with Chesterfield Poultry was welcomed by Norfolk politicians who hailed the “positive announcement” to secure the company’s 1,000-strong workforce.

Oven chips could be 5mm shorter this year – because of the baking hot Norfolk summer.

Fledgling future scientists were given a real-life laboratory experience as Norfolk primary pupils joined a school visit to a major life sciences company.

Veteran Norfolk chicken producer Bernard Matthews has unveiled itself as one party bidding to buy Banham Poultry.

Losing Banham Poultry would be a “disaster” for East Anglia’s farming industry – and urgent decisions are needed to ensure there is a destination for millions of chickens in its supply chain.

A Norfolk farming couple are celebrating a major industry accolade after being named the best pig producers in the country at a national awards ceremony.

Banham Poultry has been a centrepiece of East Anglia’s vital poultry industry for more than 50 years – but its current problems follow a difficult period for the company.

Horticultural firms interested in testing a proposed new seasonal workers scheme can apply to run one of two national pilots.

An East Anglian farmer has hit out at his MP for ‘failing’ to hold a meeting to discuss the implications of Brexit with his constituents.

Business and council leaders have pledged their support to Norfolk’s Banham Poultry as the struggling firm searches for a buyer.

Crucial talks to secure the future of one of Norfolk’s biggest employers begin on Wednesday morning, as doubts hang over the jobs of 1,000 workers.

This summer’s sun-drenched Royal Norfolk Show attracted its biggest attendance for 10 years – helped by new initiatives to improve the visitor experience, said organisers.

The extreme weather contrasts of 2018 brought an unpredictable harvest for farmers with many crop yields falling well below long-term averages, says an industry survey.

The UK needs to embrace the possibilities which crop sciences such as gene editing present after Brexit – and the GM debate should be guided by science rather than dogma, writes Suffolk farmer GEORGE GITTUS, of Symonds Farm, near Bury St Edmunds.

The value of EU subsidies for British farmers will drop very slightly this year, following confirmation of the exchange rate for the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS).

A network of “mental health first aiders” has been forged across rural East Anglia after a training course designed to help identify common symptoms and guide people towards the right support.

A report by the Migration Advisory Committee could have a “hugely detrimental impact on UK agriculture” if taken on board by the government, says GEORGE DUNN, chief executive of the Tenant Farmers Association.

Poultry and pig farms across Suffolk and Norfolk could be hit as animal feed firm workers gear up for possible strike action in the run-up to Christmas, union leaders have warned.

East Anglian farmers and land managers should start preparing their budgets without the direct payment element in order to ready themselves for life post-Brexit, land agents advise following the publication of the government’s much-anticipated and environment-heavy Agriculture Bill this month.

The eight key characteristics of top-performing farms have been underlined in an industry report.

A bovine TB test developed by a Suffolk firm looks set to be a game-changer in the battle against a disease which has plagued livestock herds all over the world and shows little sign of abating.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is set to play a key role in improving productivity in East Anglian farming as the region fosters improved trade links with countries such as China, delegates at a House of Lords event heard.

A no-deal Brexit could be “catastrophic” for farmers – potentially preventing exports of animals and animal products to the EU for six months, industry leaders have warned.

Livestock farmers struggling to feed their animals after the hot, dry summer can now grow more grass and forage after a temporary relaxation of EU rules.

A struggling Norfolk farmer who grew hundreds of cannabis plants to try to keep his farm afloat has been ordered to repay a total of £90,000 at a hearing to claw back cash.

Suffolk brewery St Peter’s has appointed a new managing director.

Suffolk’s heritage of inshore fishing is kept alive by just a handful of dedicated fishermen, including young award-winner Harry Simper. Linda Duffin reports.

A “no deal” Brexit could be the “worst of all worlds” for one of East Anglia’s key farming sectors, said pig industry leaders.

A five-year funded project to restore heathland at Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s Knettishall Heath reserve comes to an end this month but the benefits to wildlife in the area will be seen for years to come. ROSS BENTLEY reports.

Major supermarkets and manufacturers are signing up to efforts to help halve the UK’s food waste by 2030, it has been announced.

A popular north Norfolk vintage farming day celebrates its tenth anniversary when it returns this weekend.

In the latest of our profiles on the region’s Young Farmers’ Club members, 17-year-old MIKAYLA-MAE GLOVER talks about the generations of farming heritage which inspired her choice of career.

Intensive “land-efficient” agriculture could be better for the environment than eco-friendly or organic farming, according to East Anglian researchers.

Livestock farmers have been warned to be on their guard against bluetongue after the virus was detected in two cattle imported from France.

They are pink and flamboyant but could they be the key to producing a much-loved Norfolk attraction’s first ever flamingo egg?

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