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It’s a vulnerable rarity which can only be found clinging to life in a roadside ditch near a burger van in Cambridgeshire.

Orchards and outdoor fruit production could be vulnerable to the cold snap predicted to be heading for East Anglia this week, farming leaders have warned.

The relocation of an annual showcase of countryside pursuits has been hailed a success after thousands of visitors flocked to its new rural setting.

The East Anglian Game and Country Fair will bring thousands of visitors to the event’s new venue at the Euston Estate near Thetford this weekend. Here are ten rural pastimes or sporting spectacles you can enjoy at the show.

Thousands of visitors are expected at a country estate in the heart of East Anglia this weekend for an annual showcase of rural sports, pastimes and family entertainment.

The principal of a regional land college said he was looking forward to a recently-announced boost in government funding “after two decades of funding squeezes that our sector has taken in stoic silence”.

Rural crime will top the agenda at a special meeting hosted by Norfolk’s police and crime commissioner (PCC) next month.

A flurry of farmland sales has reduced the backlog of property left on the market after 2016, said rural property agents – but demand and prices remain highly variable.

Farmers have been urged to take responsibility for putting their case to voters and prospective MPs during what could be the industry’s most pivotal election campaign for decades.

The impact of business uncertainty and cashflow pressures on the mental health of farmers was underlined by a national charity chairman during a visit to Norfolk.

An industry initiative has been re-launched aiming to develop young people’s skills in one of East Anglia’s key farming sectors.

The former owners of Bernard Matthews have hit back at suggestions they profited at the expense of pensioners, claiming that reluctant customers scuppered a better deal to save the turkey producer.

Tickets have gone on sale for one of north Norfolk’s best loved country fairs.

British Sugar owner Associated British Foods (ABF) has seen a strong rise in its half-year profits thanks, in part, to the Brexit hit pound.

East Anglia’s business community has been reacting to prime minister Theresa May calling a General Election for June 8.

Farming leaders hope the forthcoming general election will offer a “platform for long-term stability” – but warned that the workings of government must not grind to a halt in the meantime.

The rising price of fuel has helped drive a 6pc increase in the cost of farming in recent months, according to inflation figures compiled by a Norfolk-based purchasing group.

A free range egg producer hit by restrictions imposed to stop the spread of bird flu welcomed a government decision to lift them this week.

A move to tackle the litter which blights the countryside has been welcomed by East Anglian landowners – but some say measures need to go further.

A free range egg producer hit by restrictions imposed to stop the spread of bird flu welcomed a government decision to lift them this week.

Five new members, including three potato growers from East Anglia, are set to join AHDB Potatoes’ board.

As part of our regular series of profiles on the region’s Young Farmers’ Club (YFC) members, EMMA HUNT talks about the seasonal demands of marketing fresh produce.

Developments for the future of wheat farming and plant-based products in medicines and manufacturing are among the projects benefitting from investment in a Norfolk science hub.

The sugar industry has become a focal point for a key debate on post-EU food policy – should the government’s priority be free trade or protecting British farmers? CHRIS HILL reports.

The John Innes Centre has been awarded £77.9m in funding from the UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, bolstering its position at the forefront of plant and food research.

A proposed merger between two of leading farming and food educational charities, Linking Environment And Farming (LEAF) and FACE (Farming & Countryside Education), has been announced.

East Anglian free range poultry farmers hit by restrictions imposed to try and stamp out bird flu in the UK have welcomed an announcement that they will be lifted this week.

Bird flu restrictions imposed to try to stamp out an outbreak of the H5N8 strain in England are set to be lifted on Thursday, April 13.

Spring visitors in their hundreds flocked to see newborn lambs this weekend, at a series of open days held at Felbrigg Hall Farm, near Cromer.

The East of England’s burgeoning trade into China represents a “massive” opportunity, according to the new figurehead of a body which aims to promote it.

A Norfolk farmer has started selling whole cows to restaurant chefs – a move to shorten the food chain, enhance the provenance story and gain full value from the animal.

The Spring Fling gave young children a starting point in their farming education – but how can the industry maintain their interest through high school, university and into increasingly technical careers? CHRIS HILL reports.

The 18th annual Spring Fling drew 5,000 visitors to the Norfolk Showground earlier this week, where a host of activities were organised to educate children about food and farming.

An East Anglian farmer has joined forces with a retail chain and university academics to promote his produce.

A Norfolk farmer who overcame horrific injuries to become a charity champion for the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) will be celebrated by football fans at Carrow Road on Saturday.

As part of our regular series of profiles on the region’s Young Farmers’ Club (YFC) members, JIM ALDOUS tells us about his key role within one of the UK’s largest farming companies.

Animal health and trading standards officers are investigating the death of about 60 cattle at a farm near the Norfolk/Suffolk border.

Workers at Bernard Matthews “feel betrayed and let down” after confirmation that 128 jobs are to be lost, a union has claimed.

Farmer Laurie Bannister gave early indications of his entrepreneurial skills. At just 14 he was catching moles in the grounds of his boarding school, curing and drying the skins in the lockers and selling moleskin to a merchant in Bury St Edmunds for a shilling each.

More than four-fifths of people would back their local council cutting the grass in parks and roadside verges less often to provide more flowers for bees, a survey suggests.

River restoration works have been completed in north Norfolk in an effort to improve aquatic habitats and lessen the need for maintenance.

Four bouncing, bleating bundles of joy have brought a springtime surprise for a Norfolk family – with the arrival of a rare set of pygmy goat quadruplets.

Disguising rubbish as hay bales is one tactic being used by criminals aiming to dupe East Anglian landowners into “storing” illegal waste on their property, warned the Environment Agency (EA).

Businesses have a duty to support charitable initiatives like the Wayland Show – according to a Watton businessman whose company will continue its financial support for the event this year.

Families made farmyard friends and learned important lessons about Norfolk’s countryside at the 18th annual Spring Fling.

The 18th annual Spring Fling drew 5,000 visitors to the Norfolk Showground – here are five things children learned about food and farming at the National Farmers’ Union’s new discovery barn.

A Suffolk care farm providing hands-on activities for vulnerable people has celebrated the birth of its first kid goat.

Large farm vehicles could be banned from the centre of a Norfolk village if local residents have their way.

A chance to learn fun lessons about food, farming and the countryside will bring crowds of children and their families to the Norfolk Showground tomorrow.

Ever heard of wormwood moonshiners, basil-thyme case-bearers, or prostrate perennial knawel?

Despite the decline of the region’s milk industry, the UK’s most easterly dairy has “future-proofed” itself with a £1.5m modernisation – and a renewed focus on its animal assets.

The value of grazing land in the Broads has increased “considerably” during the last year, said rural business agents after their annual marsh lettings.

As part of our regular series of profiles on the region’s Young Farmers’ Club (YFC) members, HARRIET GREEN talks about her role in the financial side of agriculture.

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has published the first in a series of reports setting out its vision for the future of farming – including its three “cornerstones” for post-Brexit policies.

A series of fund-raising events to help farming’s charity will be held in Norfolk in the coming months.

The farming industry could face some of the biggest changes of any sector as Article 50 is triggered to begin the process of Britain’s departure from the EU.

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.

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