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A spike in beetroot sales from an East Anglian producer has meant 14 tonnes of the purple vegetable have been flown out of Heathrow ahead of Christmas.

Norfolk farmers fear their land could take more than a decade to recover after trenches are dug to carry cables from major new offshore wind farms. As part of our series looking at the impact, Chris Hill spoke to landowners in the cable corridor.

A celebrated artist, farmer and horseman with a passion for traditional Norfolk life has been given a poignant farewell – carried to his funeral by his treasured heavy horses.

The European Commission has delayed a decision on whether to enforce a blanket ban on controversial pesticides which have been found to be polluting East Anglian rivers.

One of the nation’s biggest salad and vegetable growers has shown how conservation schemes – critical to the winter survival hopes of farm wildlife – can work alongside intensive food production.

A £200,000 investment in specialist equipment has boosted the grain storage and handling facility at Yaregrain, whose directors have launched its next £400,000 expansion phase.

Dangerous levels of powerful insecticides were found in two Norfolk rivers placing aquatic insects, fish and birds at risk, tests have revealed.

Around 280 birds, including Bronze, Norfolk Black, White, Lavender, Narragansett and Bourbon Red turkeys, will go under the hammer at Diss on Thursday, December 21, as auctioneers TW Gaze stages its annual Christmas Poultry Show.

The official risk level posed by bird flu to commercial poultry businesses in East Anglia remains unchanged, despite a new outbreak across the North Sea.

Farmers’ leaders say they are withholding judgment on the Government’s promised swift rollout of farm subsidy payments until the new year.

A national collection of yeasts at Norwich Research Park has the potential to create new and high-value natural chemicals from farm wastes, said a leading scientist.

Cereal farmers must improve their ‘attitude to education’ and take more control over how their grain is traded if they want to succeed in a volatile market.

If horses and farming were his life, then art was his passion.

A Norwich-based wheat scientist has been awarded a major industry honour in recognition of the global impact of his work.

Farm businesses must focus on “shock-proofing” their incomes in the New Year to protect against unforeseen risks and political uncertainty, according to the head of a Norfolk-based buying group.

East Anglian farmers have been encouraged to sign up for a bird identification workshop to improve their knowledge ahead of the fifth annual Big Farmland Bird Count (BFBC).

A free-range Norfolk poultry producer is nearing the end of a bumper season which has seen a 25pc leap in turkey numbers, and £1m invested to meet retail demand.

A Norfolk cattle herd has become the first in the county to achieve Pasture for Life certification – and its owners hopes it will help them meet the demands of an increasingly inquisitive and demanding food consumer.

A coastal tractor run near Great Yarmouth has raised £1,877.64 for breast cancer reconstruction support charity Keeping Abreast.

Norfolk livestock farmers, handlers and agricultural students carried off some of the top honours at a major regional livestock show.

Farm businesses in East Anglia risk crippling fines and even jail because they are unaware of tougher penalties for health and safety breaches, according to an agricultural risk expert.

An East Anglian farming leader has called on chancellor Philip Hammond to do more to help agricultural businesses invest in infrastructure and new technology.

As part of our regular series of profiles on the region’s Young Farmers’ Club members, WILLIAM PLAYFORD says it is important to keep learning – whether it is from peers, employers or training courses.

Shoppers at dozens of East of England Co-op stores will be able to buy food past its best before date to help reduce waste.

As the government simplifies its much-criticised Countryside Stewardship scheme to encourage more farmers to create wildlife-friendly features on their land, CHRIS HILL visited a Norfolk farm which has already made a success of the scheme.

Farmers must continue to demonstrate the importance and safe use of crop sprays if they want to maintain access to chemicals like glyphosate, said industry leaders.

Brisk bidding for Norfolk farm property and machinery proves the agricultural market remains buoyant despite Brexit uncertainties, according to auctioneers.

A Norfolk poultry worker has been shortlisted among the finalists of a national trainee awards scheme.

Norfolk’s poultry heritage will get a prime-time TV airing after the BBC’s Countryfile crew filmed turkeys and geese for a pre-Christmas episode.

An agricultural solicitor from Norwich has succeeded in an adventurous cycle crossing of Costa Rica to raise money and awareness for a farm safety charity.

One of the nation’s most famous farmers talked about his TV career and explained his thoughts on the future of his industry during a talk at a Norfolk college.

Four simplified Countryside Stewardship (CS) offers will be launched in the New Year to encourage more farmers to seek funding for wildlife-friendly work.

Brewers have always known that the taste of their beer relies on their choice of malt, hops and yeast – but now Norwich scientists have finally proved the variety of barley has a big influence on flavour too.

The vast commercial potential of the Royal Norfolk Show has been outlined in a bid to attract potential new sponsors and corporate partners to the county’s flagship summer showcase.

East Anglia’s farmers have “breathed a sigh of relief” after the world’s most widely-used weedkiller was finally re-licensed after a long-running EU debate over its safety.

As part of our regular series of profiles on the region’s Young Farmers’ Club members, 17-year-old ELLA SEWELL explains how practical training is helping to equip her for a career working with livestock.

After a career spanning 52 years which has left a lasting imprint across the East Anglian countryside, farmer and contractor Paul Gunther is finally ready for retirement.

An East Anglian land college is playing a leading role in a European project based around crop research.

Scientists from the John Innes Centre and the UEA have made a breakthrough discovery about flower colouring genes which they believe could change the way we think about evolution.

A Norfolk farmer believes he may have grown Norfolk’s biggest sugar beet – after harvesting a 15kg whopper which is the largest he has seen in 40 years.

A shift to later planting of winter wheat in order to tackle blackgrass weed problems may have contributed to increased variability in yields from year to year, according to analysis by rural property agents.

A senior scientist specialising in plant pathology and arable knowledge exchange has been handed a key role in co-ordinating research to benefit East Anglia’s sugar beet industry.

Farming and countryside business leaders said they had hoped for a greater focus on rural policy in the chancellor’s Autumn Budget – particularly on the key issue of housing provision.

Scientists have reported early signs among East Anglian oilseed rape crops of a fungal disease which can stunt growth and halve yields.

An event celebrating the harvests of yesteryear has donated thousands of pounds to ensure the future is bright for its local village.

An agricultural society heard from an industry leader about the post-Brexit future of sugar, after naming the winner of its annual beet growing competition.

The practical benefits to farmers of cover crops and careful cultivation were seen at an event focusing on the connection between agriculture and the environment.

Poultry giant 2 Sisters Food Group’s record is “far from pristine” and problems at its chicken plant at the centre of an inquiry are “not a one-off”, MPs have concluded.

A century-old farm tumbrel that was left to rot at the back of a barn for 40 years is rolling once again thanks to some painstaking craftsmanship.

An East Anglian cider-making operation which began as home-brewing is now blazing a trail in top-end tipples.

A Norfolk pig farmer has denied allegations of animal cruelty after video footage of conditions at his farm was released by animal rights activists.

Tractor drivers are being urged to get revved up for a rally in aid of a good cause.

This was the advice from an eminent agricultural economist as sector leaders gathered near Norwich to hear about and debate advances in the industry.

An East Anglian farmer who is a ceremonial bodyguard for the Queen is now also a senior custodian of Her Majesty’s countryside after becoming the president of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA).

Farming leaders have called for the European Commission to intervene and end a long-running stand-off over the world’s most widely-used herbicide.

A West Norfolk arable farmer has been rewarded for his stewardship of nature with a farming and wildlife conservation award.

Environment secretary Michael Gove has revealed the UK will back a total ban on neonicotinoid pesticides across Europe.

Concerns have been raised over plans for 78 new homes in a Lowestoft suburb - as they may be built on the burial ground of diseased cows.

A farming system linked to the production of genetically modified (GM) crops has been championed by the keynote speaker at a prestigious East Anglian farming conference.

Norfolk County Council is to unveil refreshed plans to make sure the rural economy is strongly rooted in the region – taking into account technological changes and Brexit.

With family lines dating back to 1840, the Woodbastwick Herd holds a unique place in the history of pedigree cattle. But its current custodians are looking to the future.

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