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A Swaffham grain trader has bought a Yorkshire competitor in an undisclosed-value deal.

An East Anglian willow grower has taken surprisingly severe action to rid his unusual crop of pests – after suffering a problem which will be familiar to many mainstream farmers.

Plans have been submitted to build a farm shop incorporating a cafe and butchery at a farm in Great Ellingham.

A farming organisation has asked researchers to apply for a share of £60,000 to improve understanding of the risk of barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV) in cereals.

The owner of a north Norfolk deli has said the shellfish shortage is affecting her business.

As East Anglian farmers prepare to plant the first crop to be harvested after Brexit, they have been urged to pay closer attention to the markets which will govern their future prices and profits.

Norfolk grain trader Andrew Dewing will launch a new weekly podcast later this month, aimed at informing Norfolk and Suffolk farmers and demystifying the process of grain trading.

It may seem a simple plant – but its DNA is five times more complex than ours, and billions of us rely on it for our food.

As part of our regular series of profiles on the region’s Young Farmers’ Club members, 24-year-old HENRY BALLS talks about his career among the Norfolk treetops.

Free range egg producers are battling spiralling feed costs after the dry, hot summer – but urgent industry calls for higher egg prices have not been universally supported by farmers in East Anglia.

East Anglian farmers have defended the use of weed killer glyphosate after the debate over its use was reignited following a US court case.

North Norfolk has been hit by a crab shortage as fishermen say they are struggling to keep up with demand.

In response to last week’s opinion column about whether people should feel sorry for farmers, Norfolk farmer KIT PAPWORTH says his industry wants consumer support, not public sympathy.

Weather watchers have released figures highlighting an extraordinary July for Norfolk, ranging from drought and extreme heat to thunder and hail storms.

An East Anglian biotech firm has secured £400,000 to fund international trials and product launches for a faster, more accurate test for cattle diseases.

A dedicated Norfolk farmer has completed his 50th pea harvest after one of the most challenging seasons in his long and loyal career.

While most of East Anglia’s harvest has been a long way short of world-beating this year, there have been some records broken in the hot, dry summer.

A Suffolk biotech start-up has secured £400,000 as it launches a range of products to help combat the spread of TB in cattle.

Despite the sweltering heat which forced the precautionary cancellation of its pig classes, the 145th Wayland Agricultural Show in Watton saw a high standard of livestock competition across its judging rings. Here are the results.

Young farmers helped educate people about farm animals as a record number of people entered the public stock-judging competition at the Wayland Show.

Survey results show more straw has been baled on UK farms this year – with a marked increase across East Anglia.

Farmers should start preparing for a government crackdown on ammonia emissions by taking advantage of grant opportunities before “the carrot turns into a stick”, said rural agents in Norfolk.

A farmer in Lincolnshire has netted a whopping 15.38t/ha wheat yield despite this season’s weather setbacks.

A Fenland farmer has been recognised among the best in Britain after making the shortlist for a national Farmworker of the Year title.

Supermarket fruit and vegetables prices have risen as the effects of the heatwave and a cold spring flow through to shop shelves.

A farmer has praised the quick response of the fire service from stopping a blaze in a field from having more devastating consequences.

Farmers said the UK would run out of food on this day each year without foreign imports – sparking a warning to government to make food security a top Brexit priority.

A plant nursery boss who feared being targeted by criminals has taken medieval measures to stop their raids - by installing a moat.

Thousands of people enjoyed some countryside fun in the sweltering Norfolk sunshine as one of the nation’s oldest agricultural shows returned to Watton.

Pink sheep brought some vibrant colour to a traditional farming show in Watton – claiming a world “first” for the event in the name of charity.

One of the nation’s oldest agricultural shows will welcome thousands of visitors to Watton today – with its farming and livestock roots are still central to its enduring appeal.

A pioneering Norfolk farmer is trialling an Australian machine designed to control persistent grass-weed problems – as part of a system of innovations which he hopes can boost the efficiency of his business.

East Anglian farmers have highlighted the “extremely challenging” growing conditions they have been battling this season, with crop yields hit by an unprecedented spell of hot, dry weather.

Drought, heat and wildfires have left some farmers unable to meet the requirements of their rural grant and subsidy schemes – prompting an offer of help from government agencies.

The pig industry says it has halved its antibiotic usage in the last two years, following urgent calls to help prevent the rise of drug-resistant infections in human medicine.

A Norfolk farming couple have been named among the best pig producers in the country after making the shortlist for a national award.

As part of our regular series of profiles on the region’s Young Farmers’ Club members, 24-year-old tractor driver LUKE PRATT says there are always new skills to learn on a busy East Anglian arable farm.

A pilot project which pays East Anglian farmers for delivering results for nature on their land will become the first agri-environment scheme directly funded by the UK.

A mushrooms operation in Suffolk and Norfolk is set for growth after securing a long-term contract with a national retail chain.

Farmers struggling in “unprecedented” hot, dry conditions have welcomed moves to give them more flexible access to water for their crops and livestock.

Environment secretary Michael Gove has promised to support farmers in the future, ahead of a summit on the “unprecedented” impact of the summer drought on food production.

The inaugural Norfolk Day celebration gave the county’s farmers a chance to illustrate the picturesque mosaic of this crucial industry at the peak of the harvest season.

A major farming estate on the Norfolk-Suffolk border has completed its fastest cereal harvest for decades – but the dry conditions which helped the combines have hindered the farm’s yield.

While East Anglian householders can still water their lawns and flower beds, farmers are rapidly running out of water to grow vital crops – prompting pleas for precious supplies to be used more wisely.

Rural communities are “living in fear of crime”, unhappy with the police and feeling isolated and vulnerable, according to a survey.

Poultry keepers have been warned to guard against possible outbreaks of Newcastle Disease following cases of the virus in flocks in mainland Europe.

Club rivalries in everything from tractor-driving to egg-catching were played out in the sunshine at Norfolk Young Farmers’ annual competitions day, says Rally chairman TOM BAKER, of Diss YFC.

Farmers and rural businesses joined the calls to stop the fire threat from sky lanterns in East Anglia’s tinder-dry countryside, after a smouldering lantern was found in a wheat field near Dereham.

A Breckland farming business has been rewarded for its excellence in innovation by one of the major national food retailers which it supplies.

Growers have warned of an onion shortage after the summer heatwave, with this year’s harvest likely to be 25pc down for both the quantity and size of the bulbs.

Firefighters have tackled a large crop on the Elveden Estate.

Norfolk’s pea growers are racing against time to harvest this year’s crop as the summer heatwave leaves “peas cooking in their pods”.

Outdoor pig units are under “significant pressure” as the UK heatwave continues, an East Anglian industry expert has warned.

East Anglia’s livestock farmers have raised fears of a winter feed crisis as the summer heatwave stunts the growth of grass in parched pastures.

While most Brits are being urged to avoid the sun during the heatwave, those required to work outdoors in farm fields are taking extra precautions in the rising temperatures.

A “perfect storm” of poor growing conditions has brought fears of a carrot shortage which could push up prices at the shops.

A Horsford farmer who lost crops worth up to £12,000 when his combine harvester sparked a field fire said he was powerless to prevent the blaze in Norfolk’s tinder-dry conditions.

Ripening sweetly in Norfolk’s sweltering summer sun are fields of blackcurrants destined for one of the nation’s most famous fruit drinks.

As East Anglia’s harvest gets into full swing, farmers are reporting below-average yields for barley and oilseed rape – but not as bad as first feared after the summer drought.

As the hot weather creates tinderbox conditions across the region, farmers have been urged to take action to prevent fires which could destroy property and reduce hours of work to ashes.

Everyday staples such as cheese, butter and yoghurt could become “occasional luxuries” unless the UK secures a favourable Brexit deal, the dairy industry warned.

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