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A family dairy business which fell victim to the milk crisis has found a new lease of life – by filling its redundant cattle sheds with pigs.

A world-leading centre of plant science and microbiology is celebrating 50 years of food, farming and health innovations since its move to Norwich. Here are ten of its most significant global breakthroughs:

Wheat from last summer’s East Anglian harvest continues to flow to mainland Europe as end-users seek alternatives to poor-quality French supplies, according to one of the region’s grain traders.

Farmers are being urged to tap into the business opportunities flowing from a shake-up of the water market.

Farming leaders welcomed “encouraging” assurances from Defra ministers as the agricultural industry seeks to make its voice heard ahead of the forthcoming Brexit negotiations.

Businesses across Norfolk and Suffolk are among those poised to lose out on £4.67m after a potato supplier went under.

A spectacular new venue will bring an annual rural showcase closer to the heart of East Anglia as it demonstrates the best of countryside sports, pastimes and entertainment.

When the nation’s favourite motoring show asked to trial one of their machines for a segment in its new series, agricultural engineers GT Bunning & Sons jumped at the chance.

A 22-year-old is hoping to create a “vital lifeline” for East Anglian food and drink producers and save a local farmers’ market.

Bird flu restrictions have been lifted from around a poultry farm near Redgrave, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has said.

It is one of the most beautiful and historic parts of the country, with 18,730 hectares of stunning woodland and precious trees which have lived for decades.

Tickets are now on sale for the biggest event on Norfolk’s agricultural calendar.

Farming leaders have voiced concern and disappointment that the environment secretary is yet to visit one of the most productive agricultural areas in the country – eight months after her appointment.

A major opportunity to expand the horticultural and plant-growing sector beckons in a post-Brexit world, said a leading Norfolk farmer and landowner.

East Anglian dairy farmers said they were “over the moon” after taking top prizes at the National British Friesian Show.

A showcase Norfolk farm is focusing on a single field to explore ways to extract every possible ounce of yield from its crops.

Farming businesses say they are struggling to recruit vital European seasonal workers for this summer’s harvest, as a result of the Brexit vote.

Countryside campaigners have set out “red lines” which must not be crossed in order to secure the best possible post-EU trade deal for UK farming.

As part of our regular series of profiles on the region’s Young Farmers’ Club (YFC) members, BOB EVANS says a diverse range of farming experiences has given him a sense of professional independence.

The scientific debate over the safety of one of the world’s most widely-used weed-killers has taken another turn after a European agency concluded it should not be classed as a carcinogen.

A regional outbreak of carrot disease has been blamed by Alan Bartlett & Sons (Chatteris) for a dip in turnover and profits last year.

A new coalition has been formed to offer a united voice on agricultural trade, supply and technology industries as negotiations begin for Britain’s exit from the EU.

Agriculture and conservation have gone hand-in-hand in East Anglia to help one of the region’s rarest and most iconic bird species. JOHN GRANT reports on one of the UK’s greatest wildlife success stories.

Air pollution is not just harming human health, it is having a “devastating impact” on UK wildflowers and landscapes, conservation experts have warned.

Farmers’ leaders have called for a “broader government strategy” for tackling fly-tipping in the countryside.

Mildenhall Museum is hosting a temporary exhibition celebrating one of the oldest breeds of heavy horse in the UK, the Suffolk Punch.

Perhaps one can over-estimate the impact the Government has on the economy, but such is the role of the state that we ignore their strategic purpose at our peril.

Farmers across East Anglia affected by the collapse of an Ely-based grain merchants face an uncertain time if they are among the 286 names on a list of creditors believed to be owed more than £15m.

There could be fewer bright yellow fields across East Anglia this summer as many of the region’s farmers have rejected oilseed rape (OSR) in favour of other crops, a survey suggests.

A cyber crime expert will join Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner at a meeting in Halesworth to discuss how farmers can protect themselves from online attacks.

Teachers across East Anglia are being encouraged to take advantage of training offered to promote the benefits of incorporating food and farming topics into their lessons.

Concerns have been raised about the number of Norfolk farm businesses still waiting for support payments under the 2016 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS).

East Anglia’s beet growers said they are “hugely disappointed” at a major supermarket’s decision to stop stocking home-grown sugar in favour of imported products.

Energy company bosses have been urged to explore alternatives to building a large booster station which campaigners say would blight the north Norfolk countryside.

Some farmers say they stand to lose up to £100,000 following the news that Ely-based Wellgrain Ltd, a grain trader, has gone into administration owing up to £15 million to almost 300 creditors.

Questions have been raised about a “potential conflict of interests” between Bernard Matthews administrator Deloitte and the entrepreneur who snapped up the Turkey giant in a pre-pack administration.

Tribute has been paid to a well-regarded livestock haulage contractor who has died at the age of 80.

A fertiliser manufacturer – which has traded in the region for more than two centuries – has been bought by an agri-services group.

A cull of 55,000 ducks on a Suffolk farm was completed this morning, officials have confirmed.

Food safety officers have moved onto a duck farm in Redgrave, near Diss, where up to 55,000 of the animals are to be culled.

Around 55,000 birds are set to be culled as a precautionary measure after the bird flu virus was identified at a second site near Redgrave.

The project manager of potentially the biggest wind farm in the world has spoken to reassure residents that concerns will be listened to.

A £4.5m project is under way to transform one of Norfolk’s Broads from a mucky brown lake into a pristine, clear wildlife haven.

Farmers must enter negotiations with energy developers at an early stage to ensure they get the best deal for cables and infrastructure crossing their land.

Dairy firm Müller plans to pull the plug on its East Anglia milk supply network as part of a major restructure.

As part of our regular series of profiles on the region’s Young Farmers’ Club (YFC) members, ALEC CRISP explains how he has brought landscaping into his family’s business portfolio.

A free-range egg producer says his hens will remain indoors, despite the government’s relaxation of bird flu restrictions – due to the continued risk of infection from wild birds.

The unpredictable volatility of the agricultural industry – and the continued woes for the dairy sector – have been illustrated in a government report which predicts farming incomes.

A Norfolk fruit grower is celebrating a double victory in a national awards scheme.

A Fenland beet grower has taken over a key role representing farmers in East Anglia’s sugar industry.

A Suffolk farm that rose from the ashes of a devastating fire to reinvent itself this year has announced the launch of a second new product in as many months.

Norwich-based plant scientists are developing a new line of fast-growing broccoli which they claim could potentially double crop production.

An award-winning chef is using a humble sausage roll to promote the story of Norfolk’s food-producing prowess, and to raise awareness of farming issues.

Landowners, householders and community groups along the proposed onshore cable route for a vast North Sea windfarm have been urged to make their views clear during a consultation starting next week.

Defra confirms ‘targeted’ approach to bird flu will go ahead

Delays in decision-making for environmental stewardship deals are causing concern ahead of spring cropping, according to a farm business consultant.

East Anglian produce has been included in a special hamper sent to international trade secretary Dr Liam Fox with the message to back British farmers in Brexit negotiations.

A Norfolk farm shop has reassured its customers that it is still open for business after a tree fell into a neighbouring building during Thursday’s high winds.

A family farm has continued its diversification by opening a new “self service” shop – operating entirely on the trust of its customers.

Property agents have reported a “new phenomenon” in East Anglia’s changing farmland market, with many plots being left unsold or withdrawn from sale.

A Suffolk brewery has clinched a string of new contracts for one of its ales.

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