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Farmers urged Suffolk shoppers to back British farming yesterday at a series of events around the county to mark the first anniversary of the EU referendum.

New East Anglian vineyard owners are over the moon after scooping a top regional trophy for one of their wines.

Farmers are being offered the chance to see how cutting-edge potato research is being put into practice at a major East Anglian agricultural estate.

The Royal Norfolk Show will highlight the progress of modern agriculture – a journey illustrated through the memories of the county’s longest-serving farm workers. CHRIS HILL reports.

Arable growers can explore the latest research into crop varieties, protection and nutrition at two pre-harvest open days at a working farm next month.

As part of our regular series of profiles on the region’s Young Farmers’ Club (YFC) members, farm worker JAMES STARKINGS explains how he has been getting to grips with new techniques and technologies.

From digging up buried underpants to the application of bio-stimulants and micro-nutrients, the broadest range of new farming ideas was discussed at a showcase Norfolk farm.

Efforts to prevent a Himalayan crop disease from running rampant through East Anglia’s wheat fields was among the issues discussed by researchers at a farm open day.

The price of strawberries and other British summer fruit will “soar” if Brexit negotiations fail to allow for seasonal labourers from Europe to cultivate and harvest the crops, according to a report.

A charismatic driving force behind the success of the Royal Norfolk Show will be remembered with a Grand Ring tribute at next week’s event.

Farming leaders in East Anglia welcomed the new Agriculture Bill in the Queen’s Speech, hoping it will bring greater focus to efforts to re-structure the food industry after Brexit.

The quality, variety and standard of cooking in Norfolk is on the rise. Eric Snaith, head chef at Titchwell Manor, said the number of eateries in Norfolk had grown substantially over the past 10 years to a point where there was an exceptional variety on offer.

A chance to study farming practices in the USA revealed a few surprises for DAVID JONES, farm manager at Morley Farms near Wymondham, who reports on his fact-finding mission to Virginia and Pennsylvania.

A range of inventive challenges has helped Young Farmers’ Clubs across Norfolk to raise money for a host of good causes, writes FRANCES ROBERSON of Norfolk Young Farmers.

Agricultural contractors are seeking higher charges and striking deals which shift the balance of risk back towards the farmer, according to findings presented at the 2017 Cereals show.

Trade deals and investing in productivity emerged as the key priorities for East Anglian growers during discussions at the region’s annual arable farming showcase.

Swarms of automated farming robots could hold the key to future productivity and workforce concerns, according to one show exhibitor.

Bringing sheep back into the fold within East Anglia’s farming rotations could be a major benefit to the region’s arable growers, according to livestock sector leaders.

A debate over whether a controversial weedkiller should be used to speed up the harvest prompted a senior farmer to claim glyphosate is “safer than sausages”.

East Anglia’s sugar beet may benefit from extra micro-nutrients this season after an excessively dry spring left many crops stressed during their establishment period.

Trains were delayed between Norwich and Great Yarmouth this morning because persistent cows refused to move off the tracks.

The government must end the uncertainty over what Brexit will mean for UK farming and take a “collaborative and consensual” approach to its negotiations, East Anglian farmers were told.

A new crop nutrition company has celebrated the official opening of its factory with hundreds of invited guests.

Farmers from across East Anglia will converge on a field in Lincolnshire today to join thousands of visitors at a major annual showcase of arable agriculture.

The £11m sale of an “extensive and outstanding” Norfolk farm is a rare opportunity which could attract international interest, said property agents.

The new chief executive of an agricultural co-operative has pledged to put its members first under his stewardship.

Farming leaders said new environment secretary Michael Gove must “understand and articulate” the needs of East Anglia’s agricultural community during a pivotal time for the sector.

Essex farmer and National Farmers’ Union vice president Guy Smith is set to argue against a ban on weed killer glyphosate at an event in June

The story of how food gets from field to fork was told to thousands of public visitors who donned their wellies to join the farming industry’s biggest open day.

The owner of a calf, which escaped from mid Norfolk, is celebrating after being reunited.

People in mid Norfolk are being asked to help reunite a calf with its owner after it went missing.

From vast fields of wheat to robotic milking machines, the diverse work of the countryside will go on show this weekend as farmers throw open their gates to the public.

Agriculture and other industry sectors were warned that judges are handing out higher sentences for breaches of health and safety law at an event organised by an East Anglian legal practice this week.

The general election has delivered a hung parliament and more unwelcome uncertainty for East Anglian farmers – but the industry is keen to find the positives. CHRIS HILL reports.

East Anglian dairies are celebrating successes at the 2017 British Cheese Awards.

A vintage tractor run at a 
north Norfolk village fete 
has raised £2,500 for church funds.

Farming leaders said clarity was urgently needed over who would govern the country after the general election resulted in a hung parliament – but pledged to work with whoever is in power.

An ambitious young shepherdess is preparing to expand her flock using a £5,000 prize awarded in memory of an inspirational Norfolk stockman.

As part of our regular series of profiles on the region’s Young Farmers’ Club (YFC) members, tree surgeon and farm worker CHARLIE CLARKE explains how he hopes to grow his business and inspire other young people into the industry.

The Norfolk potato harvest is under way – hailed as a significant moment in the culinary calendar by one of the county’s top chefs.

The 2017 general election could bring radical change to East Anglia’s rural economy and communities. Farming editor CHRIS HILL reports on the competing parties’ positions on agricultural subsidies, environmental protection and infrastructure funding.

Dairy farmers from far-flung corners of the country converged on Norfolk to see what they could learn from two of the county’s finest milking herds.

An ad for Arla organic milk has been banned for using the “misleading” claim that its production is “good for the land”.

Farmers said more must be done to prevent bird flu spreading from back-yard poultry flocks, amid fears the latest outbreak could have consequences for East Anglia’s valuable commercial poultry sector.

Residents who keep chickens at home have been urged to be vigilant against bird flu amid fears the break out of the disease in a Norfolk back yard could have far-reaching consequences for the county’s poultry sector.

Farmers are preparing for visits from government officials after a 3km protection zone was set up around Diss following an outbreak of bird flu.

For more than 50 years, Norfolk farmers have grown the main ingredient for Colman’s mint sauce – an effort which will now be celebrated on the jar’s labelling.

A tractor worth around £30,000 has been stolen from a farm outside Norwich, prompting an appeal for information from the owner.

A Norfolk grain trader has completed the Edinburgh marathon at the age of 74 – adding to his burgeoning fundraising tally for local charities.

After 16 years, a Norfolk tree surgeon’s labour of love has finally come to fruition as the first bottles of his Greek-grown olive oil are imported into his home county.

The region’s farmers insist they are doing their bit to combat flooding as research finds 90pc of floodplains in England are not doing their job.

Two Suffolk Show stalwarts are celebrating after scooping the interbreed beef cattle championship for the second year in a row.

Sheep breeder Stephen Cobbald won his “own” trophy today as his champion Texel shearling ram won the inter-breed title on day two of the Suffolk Show.

There was no stopping “outstanding” Holstein Audrey in the Suffolk Show interbreed dairy competition as she cruised to victory for the second year in a row on Day 2 of the event.

The quality of the entries in the dairy section of the Suffolk Show cattle contests has been praised by the judge after a top-notch display of animals.

A stunning performance by the team at the 6,000 acre Shadwell Estate saw it sweep the board in two beef cattle contests at the Suffolk Show on Day 1.

Next month’s Royal Norfolk Show will bring 700 businesses together with 80,000 potential customers to seal deals and network with clients. CHRIS HILL explores the value of these two summer days to the county’s economy.

A south Norfolk abattoir, which had its licence to slaughter animals suspended while it was under investigation, has failed in its bid to be allowed to kill again.

The businessman behind the planned “food hub” on the outskirts of Norwich hopes to start work on the project later this summer, after councillors voted in favour of the scheme.

It’s a proud showcase for local pubs, breweries and real ale – but the Norwich City of Ale festival will also raise a glass to the Norfolk farmers who grow the central ingredient in a pint of beer.

As part of our regular series of profiles on the region’s Young Farmers’ Club (YFC) members, TOM VENNI talks about his fascination with agricultural engineering.

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