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East Anglia has bucked a national trend in rural crime – with a slight decline in insurance claims recorded during a month when national figures doubled.

Last week’s rainfall provided some short-term relief for East Anglian farmers – but experts said it has not changed the underlying shortage in rivers and groundwater.

East Anglian flower growers have backed a campaign to get patriotic shoppers to buy more British blooms.

A Suffolk farm worker’s final wish to return artefacts he collected over a lifetime working on an historic estate to the place they were found was honoured this week.

As summer approaches, we’ve put together a list of reasons to visit this year’s Royal Norfolk Show, being held on June 28 and 29 at the Norfolk Showground.

A south Norfolk abattoir must wait until next week to discover whether an appeal against its licence being revoked has been successful.

An evocative portrait of a Norfolk farm in the 1930s – and the toils of its controversial owner – has been given new life through a previously-unpublished collection of photographs.

A south Norfolk abattoir is challenging the decision of the food safety regulator to revoke its licence to slaughter animals.

The dry spring may have caused problems for East Anglia’s farmers – but it has created the perfect conditions for a scientific trial aiming to help crops cope with future droughts.

After months of below-average rainfall, today’s downpours have prompted warnings of flash flooding in East Anglia as torrential rain falls on dry ground.

East Anglian farmers have been selected to join a 50-strong national network giving real-world information on crop trials to a major agro-chemical manufacturer.

A new festival celebrating Norfolk asparagus will be held at a family farm near Great Yarmouth this weekend.

Cabinet members are due to make a crunch decision on a controversial planning order which could pave the way for a new food hub in Norfolk.

A trading standards investigation has been launched after three dead calves were found in a ditch.

The continuing death toll on British farms has prompted a Norfolk farming consultant to reveal his top ten list of “stupid and irresponsible acts” in a bid to prevent further tragedies.

A Norfolk farmer and entrepreneur will give an insight into agri-tech investment at a contest aiming to turn novel concepts into viable businesses.

With many farms seeking alternative income streams in a bid to future-proof their finances, two Norfolk businesses told us how they have diversified to make the most of new opportunities in tourism and leisure.

Technological developments are gathering pace in the world of drone imagery and data-driven farming – but there are regulatory hurdles to clear if this technology is to reach its full potential.

Six enterprising young livestock farmers have been shortlisted for an annual award which offers a £5,000 prize to help develop their business.
The biennial Chris Lewis Award was launched following the death in 2007 of its namesake – a respected stockman and sheep breeder who was known for supporting young people.

East Anglian pig genetics firm Rattlerow Farms has picked up awards for joint managing director Adrian Lawson’s eye-catching Aardvark Farrowing Hut. SARAH CHAMBERS reports.

East Anglia’s continuing lack of rainfall has left river levels low, caused crop concerns for farmers, and sparked longer-term fears for wildlife if the dry spell turns into a summer drought.

As part of our regular series of profiles on the region’s Young Farmers’ Club (YFC) members, 19-year-old ISAAC KING explains how he hopes to gain international experience and put it to use at his home farm.

The Royal Norfolk Show has secured a fittingly regal spectacle as the centrepiece for this summer’s event, which will once again celebrate the best of the county’s food, arts, enterprise and entertainment.

Cutting-edge research and emerging technologies which could help farmers maximise resources to feed a growing population will be highlighted at this year’s Royal Norfolk Show.

A new nature reserve in the Broads that will create refuge for rare migrant species will feature on the BBC’s Countryfile on Sunday.

Has there ever been a more important time for farming’s voice to be heard? EDP farming editor CHRIS HILL explores the industry’s urgent need to communicate to voters, consumers and policy-makers.

It is a tricky time for any family farm to negotiate – the transfer of responsibility from one generation to the next. Here, the father and son team at Hardwick Hall, near Long Stratton, give their views on succession, and what they have learned from each other.

Futures markets and options can help East Anglian farmers manage risk and gain some control over volatile prices says TOM BARCLAY a London commodity and FX broker who hails from a Norfolk farming family.

Robots and real-time diagnostics via drones and satellites are top of the technology wish-list for farmers, a study has revealed.

East Anglia’s coastline has been eroding for centuries. Sarah Chambers spoke to a farmer whose land is falling into the 
sea to get his perspective on an age-old problem.

Imagine a farm where driverless electric tractors roam the fields, day and night, before silently connected themselves to solar-powered charging points ready for their next autonomous shift.

A hypothetical East Anglian model farm has been used to highlight the potential implications of a loss of direct payment subsidies after Brexit.

While politicians put the finishing touches to their general election manifestos, we asked a cross-section of the farming industry what campaign pledges would win their vote on June 8.

Farm businesses need to prepare for life without subsidies, even though the future is far from clear, says SIMON EVANS of rural property firm Irelands.

Keeping a close eye on costs is the only way to fully understand the viability of a crop – and the importance of yield on profits. This is one of the key messages emerging from the first year of the Dereham Monitor Farm.

Norfolk police are recruiting a growing number of farmers and countryside dwellers to join the ranks of the Special Constabulary and help stamp out rural crime.

It is vital for the public to understand the industry producing food from the fields around them – and farmers must be willing to tell that story, says TONY BAMBRIDGE, Norfolk county chairman for the National Farmers’ Union.

A prolonged dry spell has prompted fears for some of this season’s crops – and brought a fresh focus to longer-term concerns about the availability of irrigation water.

Faced with a dwindling armoury of pesticides, an East Anglian farmer is trialling a new way of keeping a damaging aphid infestation out of his carrots – by covering them with fleece.

The gap is closing between the highest and lowest-performing pig farms in England after the whole sector was hit by falling pig prices and higher costs, according to a new report.

It is one of the most heart-warming scenes in the countryside – ewes with lambs at foot grazing peacefully in a lush green meadow.

A Norfolk farming family have told how rural mental health charity YANA helped see them through difficult times, and pave the way towards a brighter future.

The debate over the safety of one of the world’s most widely-used weed-killers has gathered intensity as the EU prepares to decide whether to renew the licensing approval for glyphosate later this year.

The new boss of the country’s largest agricultural purchasing group says the industry faces change ranging from “mild to seismic” as he writes his first five-year strategy for the business.

An annual competition to celebrate Norfolk’s finest farming enterprises is open for entries.

A national farming figurehead said British farmers must not be placed at a disadvantage compared to their European counterparts as a result of leaving the EU.

Norwich-based scientists have pieced together the most comprehensive wheat genome to date – helping breeders across the world to identify DNA which could improve crop varieties for farmers.

A Norfolk school has built a farm so pupils can learn about the agricultural world around them – but it is also teaching valuable life lessons about business, animal welfare and the food chain.

The popular Kids for Kids family fun day will return to Stody Lodge, near Melton Constable, this Sunday (May 7).

A service of thanksgiving at Norwich Cathedral later this month will celebrate the life of John Purling, the former chief executive of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association. In his 18-year career at the Norfolk Showground, he implemented far-reaching changes and raised the profile of the Royal Norfolk Show.

Six new varieties of sugar beet have made it through stringent field trials to be accepted onto the Recommended List for growers, as the pursuit of better crops and bigger yields continues.

Britain’s agricultural exporters could be rendered almost impotent if the UK fails to secure a trade deal with the EU, a House of Lords report suggests.

A ban on poultry gatherings and auctions is set to be lifted from May 15, after Defra officials downgraded the risk level from bird flu.

The combination of a prolonged dry spell coupled with sharp spring frosts has been causing problems for many farms across East Anglia.

Environment secretary Andrea Leadsom was quizzed on topics ranging from pesticide regulation to post-Brexit labour issues during her long-awaited first official visit to Norfolk and Suffolk.

As part of our regular series of profiles on the region’s Young Farmers’ Club (YFC) members, SAM BAKER explains how the club’s support helped him set up his new contracting business.

The president of this year’s Royal Norfolk Show hopes to unite farming and church communities to improve understanding of the food industry, and to focus on people’s physical, mental and spiritual health.

Average farming incomes stabilised in 2016, rising by 1.5pc according to new government figures.

Rare tractors and classic steam engines were among 3,000 lots which brought record-breaking prices totalling £2m at a vintage machinery sale in Cambridgeshire.

The organisation behind the Royal Norfolk Show says poor weather, a rise in non-paying school visitors and a national downward attendance trend all contributed to a financial loss for last year.

Shortages in the numbers of agriculture and horticulture workers risk becoming a “crisis” if urgent action is not taken to fill gaps in labour supply, MPs have said.

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