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A Suffolk dairy farmer has expressed delight that his award-winning cheese is set to appear on Prince Harry’s breakfast menu on the day of the royal wedding.

Teaching children about food can bring long-term benefits to the farming industry which produces it – but one Norfolk school seeks to prove it can have a much wider impact on education too. CHRIS HILL reports.

An intelligent, autonomous weeding robot brought a glimpse of the future to a Breckland farm which hosted the machine’s first trial on UK soil.

The latest hybrid asparagus varieties have proved their worth after a challenging harvest season, according to Norfolk experts in plant genetics.

The Suffolk firm behind a new product for detecting TB in cattle is celebrating a major milestone after getting the official thumbs-up for its limited use.

Two companies are to pay thousands of pounds in compensation to a Norfolk charity after admitting their roles in polluting a river and causing the death of local wildlife.

The agency which delivers support payments to British farmers is “failing on multiple levels” to pay on time and give vital financial stability to rural businesses, according to MPs.

Two companies are to pay thousands of pounds in compensation to a Norfolk charity after admitting their roles in polluting a river and causing the death of local wildlife.

A “marauding gang” of plants including brambles and nettles are increasingly taking over road verges and squeezing out wildflowers important for bees, warned conservationists.

Two Norwich scientists have won international honours for their work in the field of plant biology and its implications for both human health and agricultural crop protection.

A scheme set up to streamline the harvest and haulage of East Anglia’s sugar beet crop has been criticised over the transparency of its tendering process – which smaller contractors fear could affect their ability to either join or compete with it.

After years of traditional ploughing, a farm near the Norfolk-Suffolk border is trying a radical new “low disturbance” approach to cultivation in a bid to beat a persistent black-grass problem. CHRIS HILL reports.

A Norfolk goat farmer and cheese-maker is celebrating a national accolade after winning the vegetarian category at the Artisan Cheese Awards in Melton Mowbray.

Norfolk’s farms and countryside businesses need urgent clarity on the future of rural funding streams and a “level playing field” for food producers after Brexit.

Shoppers face significant hikes in food bills if the government fails to secure a free trade deal with the EU after Brexit, peers have warned.

The chief executive of the country’s biggest agricultural purchasing group says it has shown “commitment to growth” across the UK after it spread its footprint from East Anglia into the Midlands.

As Norfolk Day approaches, communities are rallying together to celebrate the big day. This week we focus on a new special beer being brewed for the occasion.

After a decade of planning, negotiations are under way with the first potential occupants of a new business park at Easton which aims to create 2,000 jobs and add millions to Norfolk’s food economy.

An East Anglian poultry producer has launched a new range of pre-prepared products as part of a company growth plan.

British farmers should remain the “number one supplier of choice” to UK consumers after Brexit, industry leaders have urged.

With pressure mounting on finite land supplies, a Norfolk firm is changing the game for potato production – speeding growth by giving growers complete environmental control inside aeroponic “pods”. BETHANY WHYMARK reports.

Ministers want to make public funding dependant on delivering “public goods” – something which many East Anglian farmers are already proudly achieving by going above and beyond their agri-environment agreements. Chris Hill reports.

Collaboration with industry partners is a key strategy in the drive to improve agricultural education in East Anglia, says JANE TOWNSEND, recently appointed principal of Easton and Otley College.

Even hi-tech modern meteorology cannot get predictions 100pc correct – but it can help farmers assess the relative risk of their vital work in the fields. CHRIS HILL spoke to one of East Anglia’s best-known weathermen.

Post-Brexit trade deals bring both opportunities and threats for the region’s food producers, says Norfolk pig farmer ROB MUTIMER, vice chairman of the National Pig Association (NPA).

Maps have been used for centuries to keep track of farming decisions – but now in a modern world of digital data and technology, they have become a key tool in making, monitoring and maximising those decisions. CHRIS HILL reports.

Poor weather has contributed to a slow start to the year for the farmland market – but prices remain stable, said rural property agents.

Now is the time to act on Defra’s Green Brexit consultation to ensure a profitable future for Norfolk agriculture says TONY BAMBRIDGE, chairman of the Norfolk branch of the National Farmers’ Union (NFU).

A worrying proportion of farmers are nowhere near ready for a forthcoming switch towards computerised tax records, according to a leading East Anglian farm accountant.

A pioneering trial is about to start in Norfolk to explore whether grazing sheep within crop rotations could bring mutual financial benefits to both arable and livestock farmers. CHRIS HILL reports.

An “unprecedented” shortage of straw has compounded problems for livestock farmers during a rainy start to spring – and they have been urged to plan ahead now to secure supplies from the coming harvest.

After losing up to £250,000 of farmland to coastal erosion in the last 12 months, an East Anglian estate has asked why shoreline policies should protect natural processes at the expense of commercial farmland. CHRIS HILL reports.

East Anglia’s farmers have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to influence the new policies which will shape this vital industry outside the EU. And with the clock ticking on Defra’s consultation deadline, now is the time for farming’s voice to be heard, writes EDP agricultural editor CHRIS HILL.

Four enterprising and expanding tenants have been appointed to run plots within the council-owned Norfolk County Farms estate.

Farming’s contribution to the national economy has risen by 20pc to £10.3bn – which industry leaders said was further evidence that the sector must be properly valued by the government after Brexit,

The industrious efforts of earthworms – and their value as indicators of soil health – will be discussed by scientific experts at a farming event in Norfolk later this month.

New regulations designed to help farmers prevent pollution of rivers and watercourses have generated particular concerns among East Anglia’s livestock community.

A spring farmers market including displays of livestock, horses and fresh produce was held outside County Hall to show off the bounty from the council’s County Farms estate.

A special award for the best small enterprise is a major feature of the latest Norfolk County Farm Business competition.

After a record-breaking campaign, Norfolk-based researchers are confident the success story of sugar beet yields will continue to grow – despite the setback of a major pesticide ban.

An entrepreneurial and pioneering businessman who turned a sleepy Norfolk agricultural feed merchant into a major national concern has died aged 87.

Norfolk farrier Mark is one of eight rural dwellers looking for the one on the new BBC 2 dating show Love in the Countryside.

As the countdown begins to this year’s Royal Norfolk Show, organisers have revealed they are scrapping car parking charges for people who book their tickets in advance online.

An annual rural showcase was hailed a “huge success” after thousands enjoyed a weekend of countryside entertainment including dancing diggers, equine sports and dog agility near the Norfolk-Suffolk border.

Countryside entertainment ranging from dancing diggers to dog agility will be on display as an annual rural showcase returns for its 15th year this weekend.

National Farmers’ Union (NFU) East Anglia director Robert Sheasby has stood down after three years in the role. Here is his farewell message to EDP readers.

East Anglian farmers have warned of “significant impacts on sugar beet yields” following the EU’s decision to extend the ban on neonicotinoid pesticides.

A controversial pesticide has been banned by the EU for all outdoor crops – prompting celebrations among nature campaigners, but anger among farming leaders.

The British salad season is under way as the first Norfolk radishes make their way from Fenland fields, through a £1m new washing and grading plant at Feltwell, and onwards to the shops. Here are ten fascinating facts about this colourful crop.

After a long cold winter, the British salad season is finally under way as the first crops of radishes make their way through a new £1m production line in west Norfolk. CHRIS HILL reports.

An East Anglian care farm described as a “trailblazer” has scooped a national award.

Landowners have been encouraged to suggest neglected waterways which could benefit from an ongoing project which has already restored the natural characteristics of several East Anglian rivers.

As part of our regular series of profiles on the region’s Young Farmers’ Club members, 27-year-old DAN LADDIMAN talks about balancing his livestock venture with an engineering job – and the passions which drove him into the farming life.

A Norfolk pig farmer told parliamentarians that his industry does not want to be “left behind” the rest of the world as a result of delays in the Brexit process.

Records tumbled as a huge collection of vintage vehicles, tractors and steam engines fetched a total of £1.4m at an East Anglian auction.

A rushed transition to a new UK farming policy – based on sharp drops in direct subsidy payments – could leave farm businesses “at a cliff edge”, said an East Anglian landowners’ leader.

A hand-reared black-tailed godwit released into the wild in the Fens has returned home from its winter migration, wildlife experts said.

Fleets of classic vintage cars, tractors and lorries descended on the Norfolk Showground at the weekend for the sixth Eastern Counties Vintage Fair

The nation’s most senior farming representative urged her East Anglian colleagues to grasp a once-in-a-lifetime chance to put food production at the heart of new countryside policies.

The new figurehead of this year’s Royal Norfolk Show wants to make farming education the key theme of his presidential year – both for the public, and for workers in the industry.

The recent wet weather has delayed almost all the spring work for most young farmers – but it has opened a window for events and competitions, writes EVIE SCARBOROUGH–TAYLOR of Norfolk YFC.

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