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With a ruthless competitive streak, an eye for a winner and a determined work ethic, a Norfolk cattle breeder is stockpiling trophies and attracting international attention – all at the age of 16.

The annual summer spectacle of the harvest has provided fertile ground for East Anglia’s photographers – as this collection of pictures from EDP readers proves.

A popular annual celebration of bygone farming techniques and machinery will return to north Norfolk next month.

Overseas buyers are expected to maintain a keen interest in second-hand UK farm machinery this autumn, due to the continued weakness of the pound.

Conservation efforts have so far failed to improve pollution levels on the River Wensum, according to an updated survey of riverflies – regarded as a key indicator of river health.

The principal of Easton And Otley College David Henley will leave his role this month after the newly elected chair of governors said “there must be consequences” from an inadequate Ofsted report.

They planted a seed of £500 in a new natural fertiliser business.

A businessman says he is determined not allow a controversial decision to build a £10m agricultural plant in his village to go ahead - despite being told there are no other ways to challenge the move.

Farmers risk hefty fines unless they check their silage clamps to ensure toxic run-off is not polluting East Anglia’s waterways, warned an agricultural insurance expert.

There must be no let up in the fight to eradicate rural crime despite encouraging signs the cost to vulnerable, remote communities in Norfolk is reducing, the county’s police commissioner has said.

The arrival of Highland cattle on a little-known Norfolk nature reserve marks the culmination of a conservation ambition which began more than 20 years ago.

Despite the topsy-turvy summer weather, a Norfolk farm business is expecting to make the earliest-ever finish to its cereals harvest – having already claimed a record yield for its winter barley.

Outgoing chair of New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Mark Pendlington is set to become the new chair of governors at Easton and Otley College.

East Anglian farmers will need to think twice before using peas and beans to fulfil their ecological responsibilities, following changes to the “greening” criteria for subsidy payments.

CCTV will be mandatory in all slaughterhouses in England under plans announced by Environment Secretary Michael Gove.

A Norfolk farming couple said they were “overwhelmed” to have won the Wayland Show’s top livestock trophy for the second time.

A commitment to diversification and self-improvement has earned a young livestock farmer an industry accolade at this year’s Wayland Show.

A Suffolk-based farming co-op boss is set to take part in a gruelling charity cycle ride from Lands End to John O’Groats.

A sheep farmer has spoken of his relief after a stroke of luck worth bleating about.

Farmers’ leaders fear there will be an increase in hare coursing after the harvest.

Small family farms could be lost from the East Anglian countryside by 2050 unless post-Brexit policies protect the diversity of our landscape, warns a new report.

A year’s hard work was undone in an instant for an aspiring young farmer, after his two prized rams were stolen from their pens.

If you have been lucky enough to dine in a Michelin-starred restaurant recently, the chances are the beautiful garnish on your dish or the mini vegetables in your side salad were grown in Norfolk.

The departure of massive ship from Great Yarmouth carrying 10pc of Britain’s barley export is delayed because of the rain.

A wild swan has tested positive for bird flu in the Norfolk Broads – prompting renewed warnings for poultry keepers to be on their guard against the disease.

Glorious sunshine and the chance to learn about farming livestock, watch racing sheep and daring motorcyclists brought record numbers to one of the country’s longest running agricultural shows this weekend.

One of the country’s longest-running agricultural shows will welcome thousands of visitors to Watton today – promising a modern twist to the traditional rural showcase.

East Anglia’s farmers are starting to play a crucial role in preserving scarce species of arable flowers – and now conservationists have asked for the public’s help too.

The first major grain export of the season is being loaded at Great Yarmouth port, while East Anglia’s farmers hope for better weather to allow them to complete the rest of their harvest.

A consortium of six East Anglian farmers will undertake field trials to assess the optimum use of organic fertilisers, generated as by-products from anaerobic digestion (AD) energy plants.

As the Wayland Show prepares to welcome thousands of visitors to Watton on Sunday, an extraordinary archive of old photos and documents has emerged which reveals how people enjoyed the show in bygone centuries.

East Anglian farmers have faced another week of frustration and delay as rain continues to disrupt harvest.

There must be hundreds of roadside and farm gate stalls up and down the country selling everything from fruit and veg to firewood with an honesty box for payment.

As part of our regular series of profiles on the region’s Young Farmers’ Club (YFC) members, MILLY SCARBOROUGH-TAYLOR explains the process of rearing game birds.

A year’s hard work was undone in an instant for an aspiring young farmer, after his two prized rams were stolen from their pens.

Farmers’ leaders have called on the government to resolve severe Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) delays after an industry survey revealed 14% of claimants still have outstanding problems from 2015 and 2016.

Britain’s countryside faces a decade of “damaging uncertainty” unless the government takes urgent action to support farming and wildlife in the wake of Brexit, ministers are being warned.

Police are appealing for information following the theft of a John Deere Satellite Dome and display screen from Saxthorpe, near Aylsham.

A posh crisp company has created a new partnership with the aim of bringing its potato growers and hauliers closer to benefit all.

A young Norfolk farmer has urged his industry to learn lessons from the tragic death of his father – a hard-working and safety-conscious agricultural haulier who died after being crushed by heavy straw bales.

The government’s rural affairs’ minister has outlined a £200m boost for businesses in the countryside during a visit to the Suffolk Food Hall near Ipswich.

Farmers have a crucial role to play in restoring the wildlife potential of Norfolk’s 23,000 ponds, according to an award-winning aquatic conservationist. CHRIS HILL reports.

The Earl of Leicester said tackling countryside issues arising from Brexit will be among his top priorities after being given a key role representing the interests of Norfolk’s rural businesses.

A poultry group has been ordered to reduce the number of vehicles it runs after a former transport manager took less than four hours rest in a 24-hour period.

Comedian Al Murray has revealed how he once helped save a young Suffolk farm worker’s life after a horrifying farm accident.

Food producer Cranswick says it has made a “positive start” to the financial year.

Getting lost in a leafy labyrinth might be a fun way to spend a summer afternoon – but do you know how a maize maze is made?

Thirty people were killed in UK agriculture in 2016/17 including a child, a report reveals.

Changeable weather has meant a stop-start beginning to East Anglia’s cereals harvest, which has so far brought reports of above-average yields but variable grain quality.

A commitment to animal welfare and a dramatic reduction in the use of antibiotics have made a Norfolk pig farmer the best in the business, according to the fast-food chain he supplies.

Farmers will need to earn their subsidy payments after Brexit by delivering benefits for nature rather than relying on EU handouts for the amount of land they farm.

A rural business group has outlined its vision for post-Brexit farm support – advocating an end to “basic payment” subsidies in favour of a “land management contract” which rewards farmers who provide public benefits.

As part of our regular series of profiles on the region’s Young Farmers’ Club (YFC) members, farm worker EDD BARKER says harvest time heralds a hectic time in his farming year.

An agricultural college with thousands of students across Norfolk and Suffolk has been told it is inadequate amid criticism of its teaching, attendance and student progress.

The tireless efforts of a community workforce volunteering thousands of unpaid hours to help Norfolk’s wildlife was celebrated at an annual awards ceremony.

Dairy Crest, the owner of Cathedral City cheese and Clover margarine, has warned over the soaring cost of butter, which it says will put it under pressure this year.

Two Suffolk-based cheese-makers are celebrating after scooping gold awards at the British Cheese Awards.

Brexit poses “real risks” to the cost, availability and quality of the UK’s food supplies, which the government has shown little sign of addressing, researchers claim.

Norfolk’s countryside is now home to more so-called ‘mega-farms’ than anywhere else in the country thanks to a boom in intensive poultry production, we can reveal today.

Mark and John Gill grew up drinking milk straight from their family dairy in its natural, unpasteurised state.

They may be tiny... but it takes a massive effort to gather East Anglia’s crop of peas. CHRIS HILL reports on the progress of the region’s harvest during Great British Pea Week.

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