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Norfolk’s only commercial producers of shiitake mushrooms have been rewarded for their environmental efforts – winning an accolade which has shone a light on this fascinating enterprise.

As the application window opens for this year’s Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), farmers have been advised to be aware of rule changes which will affect arable enterprises in East Anglia.

A farm has won recognition for its environmental work after newly-created habitats were found to be supporting important wildlife species – including a rare beetle.

East Anglian food producers showcased their produce to Chinese students at an event celebrating the region’s fastest growing export sector with the country.

Widespread domestic abuse is a huge issue for policing in Norfolk, the county’s crime commissioner told farmers at a club event.

A Fenland arable farmer has won a national award recognising excellence in the pursuit of consistent, high-quality wheat yields.

Norfolk dairy farms fought off competition from across the country to claim national British Friesian titles at the Borderway UK Dairy Expo 2018 in Carlisle.

A Suffolk brewery boss has slammed proposals to create new labelling for drink with 0.5% alcohol or less as “misleading, harmful and dangerous”.

East Anglian livestock students are celebrating success at an international competition.

Tighter environmental regulations, weather extremes and evolving disease threats are among the arable challenges which will demand a new approach to crop agronomy in East Anglia.

More than 110 people took part in a charity clay shoot which helped North Walsham Young Farmers’ Club raise £2,108 for a life-saving Norfolk charity.

An East Anglian food factory has welcomed secondary school students to its site as part of a programme aimed at offering youngsters insights into the world of work.

A “hands-on” experience with animals, crops and technology brought more than 160 schoolchildren to the Norfolk Showground to learn about the Science of Farming.

As part of our regular series of profiles on the region’s Young Farmers’ Club members, 21-year-old TIFFANY PAYNE talks about the varied challenges of working self-employed.

Farmers have been urged to help shape the future of their industry at meetings across East Anglia which will guide the sector’s response to a major government policy consultation.

An overview of the financial, tax and property issues facing farmers will be discussed by industry experts at an event in Halesworth next week.

Feeding the birds can help see them through the winter – but it can also put wildlife at risk of diseases at garden feeders, a study warns.

Praise has been heaped on young farmers who rushed to the aid of ambulance crews stranded in last week’s snow - thanks in part to a clever bit of admin.

A woman was up before the sun to pick up almost 500 chickens and drive them more than a hundred miles to start a new life in Norfolk.

It might traditionally be something only seen on the shelves of Asian speciality shops and in the cupboards of vegans – but now a Norwich shop is stocking tofu made from Norfolk-grown soya.

For families forced to cease farming or seeking a way to retire and enable the next generation to take on the farm business, access to housing is crucial, argues Country Land and Business Association (CLA) East regional director Ben Underwood

The recent severe weather brought a timely reminder of both the vital importance of food security and the “public goods” provided by farmers, says KIT PAPWORTH of north Norfolk farming contractors LF Papworth Ltd.

Fishing leaders have warned the government it would miss out on a “once in a lifetime” opportunity to regenerate East Anglia’s coastal towns if fishing rights are given away in Brexit negotiations.

A visit to an East Anglian farm taught primary pupils about the great outdoors – while headteachers learned how to make lessons come alive outside the classroom.

A “stunning” collection of vintage tractors amassed by a retired Norfolk farmer will go under the hammer at a rescheduled auction next weekend.

An East Anglian pig producer plans to move all its sows outdoors as part of a £4.5m investment programme focused on satisfying a growing taste for high-welfare pork products.

A leading national voice on rural valuations will brief Norfolk farmers and land agents on changes affecting countryside businesses at an event next month.

Countryside leaders called for tougher action against hare coursers after a dramatic rise in criminal incidents across East Anglia – including threats against landowners and the ramming of their vehicles.

A Norfolk student who nurtures a herd of alpacas in her spare time between exams and essays now hopes her work will pay off with prizes at a national show.

A farm company was wrongly penalised after a gamekeeper poisoned wild birds of prey to preserve game birds for shooting, the High Court has ruled.

Ongoing strike action at a Norfolk university has caused an agricultural business event to be postponed.

An award winning farmers’ market has been rescheduled following the recent hazadous weather.

A pair of intrepid farmers came to a care home’s aid after a huge build up of snow left them unable to receive crucial deliveries of medication.

Two farmers braved the freezing temperatures and drifting snow overnight in an effort to clear the A140.

A poultry firm at the centre of a food scandal last year has welcomed an official report into its practices.

A team of fearless farmers are braving treacherous roads to deliver essential supplies to villages left isolated by unrelenting snowdrifts.

Farmers were out in force across East Anglia this week, battling the elements to tend their livestock and help stranded motorists as the icy chill of the Beast from the East gripped the region. CHRIS HILL and SARAH CHAMBERS report.

A 45-strong team worked through the night to clear snow from fragile poly-tunnels built to protect north Norfolk’s strawberry crop.

A new scientific report which “confirms” the threat to bees from neonicotinoid pesticides does not justify a complete ban on the chemicals, said farming leaders.

Proposed changes to the abstraction licensing system must ensure East Anglian farmers have the water they need to grow the nation’s food, a conference heard.

As part of our regular series of profiles on the region’s Young Farmers’ Club members, 21-year-old potato fields person HANNAH BRADSHAW says she used to have very different career ambitions – but the lure of the farming life proved too strong.

Landowners’ leaders expressed disappointment as the government proposed “sudden and dramatic” cuts to the farm subsidy for the country’s biggest farmers with the launch of a consultation on future farm policy.

Up to £150m in support payments could be redirected from the richest farmers to projects to improve the environment after Brexit.

Primark and British Sugar owner Associated British Foods (ABF) has said it remains on track despite taking a forecast hit in its sugar division.

A zero-tariff, frictionless trade with the EU market place is “vital” for British farmers, a farmers’ leader has warned.

A new deal means British lamb will soon be back on the menu in Saudi Arabia.

It is a competitive dog sport which puts the bond between man and his best friend to the test.

An Easter family favourite will return with a new look this year to give youngsters an educational insight into the life and work of the Norfolk countryside.

The possibility of licensed badger culling in East Anglia has been raised as the government reviews its strategy to eradicate bovine tuberculosis (TB).

The new Suffolk branch chairman of the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) said he is optimistic for the sector’s future, despite the challenges and uncertainties posed by Brexit.

A farming family which endured a vicious torrent of online abuse from vegan activists have donated their TV appearance fee to a charity dedicated to stopping cyberbullying.

Dog owners could see their pets DNA tested – and find themselves being tried by a judge and jury – under new policing recommendations to stop attacks on farm animals.

The government estimates the UK’s farming income rose by 45pc in 2017, driven by good harvests and price rises.

Landowners on the cable route for a major offshore wind farm are celebrating the energy firm’s decision to pursue a transmission option which would halve the corridor width and remove the need for onshore relay stations.

A £90m government agri-tech fund has been launched to help farmers make better use of robotics, artificial intelligence and satellite data mapping.

A training day at a dairy farm in Shipdham was an eye-opening experience for the Countrysiders, the junior branch of Norfolk Young Farmers’ Club, says Norfolk YFC county co-ordinator KATHARINE ROBINSON.

The first Bewick’s swan of the season has left East Anglia for the Arctic, signalling that spring is near in the UK.

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has elected the first female president in its 110-year history.

Enhancing animal welfare, improving broadband and 4G coverage, and investing in productivity research are among the “public goods” which could receive public funding after Brexit, Michael Gove told farmers.

East Anglian farming leaders have welcomed a comprehensive review of “bureaucratic” farm inspections, announced by environment secretary Michael Gove.

An annual search has begun to find and celebrate the Norfolk wildlife heroes who volunteer their time to enhance their local environment and communities.

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