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One of the Broads’ most valuable resources - sediment dredged from the waterways - is being used in a variety of ways to enhance the natural habitat and also improve agriculture.

Suffolk dairy farmers are over the moon after scooping a national cheese award for the second year in a row.

Farmers and rural employers relying on a migrant workforce have been urged not to miss the chance to influence post-Brexit government policy.

Harleston Young Farmers have raised £2,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust, the club’s chosen charity for the year.

North Walsham Young Farmers have presented a cheque for £3,000 to the East Anglian Air Ambulance, raised by posing naked for a charity calendar.

Carvers of spooky jack-o’-lanterns will have an impressive canvas to work with this year after a near-perfect growing season for Norfolk pumpkins.

For only the second time in almost seven decades, a north Norfolk malting barley grower won both winter and spring barley championships at Holt and District Farmers’ Club.

A diverse dairy business and a quality pig producer are among the East Anglian farms celebrating victory at a national industry awards ceremony.

Growing “future-proof” farm businesses will be the focus of debate among industry leaders and inspiring farmers at this year’s East of England Farming Conference.

It is safe for pregnant women, infants and the elderly to eat runny eggs carrying the British Lion mark, says the food safety watchdog, which has issued new advice almost 30 years after the salmonella crisis.

Average farm profitability could drop by £23,000 a year in the “worst-case scenario” after Brexit, according to industry economists.

Farmers have the chance to hear analysis and advice on how various post-Brexit scenarios could affect their income – and what action they can take in advance – at a series of roadshows later this month.

East Anglian growers take centre stage in a new recipe book showcasing the best of British food – and the people who produce it.

An outstanding herd of diminutive Dexter cattle near Great Yarmouth retained the top title as 16 farms competed in the second biennial East Anglia Dexter Group Herd Competition.

A Suffolk poultry plant is among more facilities owned by the UK’s biggest supplier of supermarket chicken to be inspected amid food safety and hygiene concerns within the company.

The best of Norfolk’s farming bounty was brought into the city centre for the day as part of a growing festival.

Farmers growing mustard and mint for the Colman’s factory in Norwich hope their historic supply line will continue as bosses consider the firm’s future location.

A celebration of Norfolk’s farming bounty is expected to draw 5,000 people into Norwich’s Cathedral Close today for an event aiming to bring the countryside into the heart of the city.

Field trips to the farm can teach children about much more than agriculture – and an education partnership has brought mutual benefits for Barnham Primary School and farm managers at the Euston Estate.

Norfolk’s farming community is set to be hoisted onto a global platform after the county was chosen as the headquarters for an organisation promoting agriculture across the Commonwealth.

Food, farming and the “water of life” will take centre stage in Ely Cathedral during its annual harvest festival weekend.

Harvest yields for wheat and barley this year were well above the five-year average, according to provisional government figures.

The demand for dairy-free protein drinks and a desire to find an alternative market for surplus eggs have prompted an East Anglian poultry farmer to develop a novel drink made from egg whites.

A team of East Anglian students represented their country against 19 other European nations at a “farming Olympics” in Germany.

A 1.4pc rise in farm workers’ wages has been recommended by a rural property consultancy, as a guide for rural employers.

As part of our regular series of profiles on the region’s Young Farmers’ Club members, LOUIS COOPER explains how an apprenticeship has helped him towards a career in agricultural engineering.

An East Anglian initiative which has helped hundreds of food and drink producers nationwide to better understand their customers is focusing closer to home for a new project.

The maker of Colman’s Mustard has announced it could close its Norwich factory in the wake of Britvic’s proposed withdrawal from the site they share.

Norwich scientists have offered some hope in the battle against ash dieback - but warned tighter controls on plant movements are vital to limit the effects of the deadly tree disease.

A record crowd gathered to watch a re-enactment of farming heritage in north Norfolk – a scene which was captured using the more modern technology of a drone-mounted camera.

Today marks an important milestone for East Anglia’s sugar industry as the end of EU quotas opens up new opportunities and competitive challenges.

An agricultural lawyer is gearing up for a gruelling coast-to-coast cycling challenge across Costa Rica – with a personal motivation to raise money and awareness for a farm safety charity.

Farming incomes in East Anglia dropped by about 5pc during 2016, largely driven by a fall in the value of the region’s staple crops, according to new government figures.

Subsidies paid to farmers under the 2017 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) look set to be about 4pc higher than last year due to a beneficial currency exchange rate.

East Anglian farmers must explore machinery-sharing partnerships and consider planting new crops like soya if they are to compete in a changing world.

The cream of East Anglia’s food and drink producers whetted the appetite of major retail buyers as a trade show celebrated its fifth anniversary in Norwich.

These are the four key sectors outlined in the Science and Innovation Audit.

After the publication of a review of the East’s science and innovation landscape, ​sector leaders share their thoughts on its findings with Bethany Whymark.

Farmers must do more to prevent the accidents which have led to an alarming death toll in their industry, according to a Norfolk farm insurance expert.

A record number of East Anglian food and drink firms will pitch their products to major retail buyers as an annual industry showcase returns to Norwich.

A £1m research partnership has been launched to address “knowledge gaps” in soil biology, which could help some of East Anglia’s major farming sectors.

In its day, it was at the cutting edge of farm technology. But then, outmoded and overtaken by newer machines, it fell out of use and spent 20 years rusting in a storage shed.

Could a willingness to seek help from tech innovators operating outside agriculture hold the key to a more sustainable farming future? CHRIS HILL reports.

Collaboration with mathematicians has helped a Fenland salad grower to forecast customer demand “better than the retailers” – a move which could save millions in wasted produce.

Norfolk’s new biomass power plant is fuelling an increased demand for energy crops of miscanthus to be grown in the county.

An annual golf tournament held in memory of a respected stalwart of the Norfolk farming scene has raised £3864.77 for an agricultural charity he supported.

As part of our regular series of profiles on the region’s Young Farmers’ Club members, LUCY STOWELL talks about working at one of East Anglia’s largest farming estates.

Vintage tractors that tilled the soil and planted the crops that helped feed the nation during and after the Second World War were on display near Fakenham on Sunday.

With its perfect coastal micro-climate the Holkham estate has a long tradition of growing some of the finest crops.

A landowners’ group has written to district councils across Norfolk and Suffolk urging tougher action on fly-tipping – a crime that blights the countryside and can cost thousands of pounds to clear up.

A flock of 11 missing goats have been found, much to the delight of their owners.

East Anglia’s maize harvest looks likely to yield 15% above the average this year, according to Eye-based forage specialists Grainseed.

Norfolk landowners could pull out of agreements to host mobile phone masts on their property due to concerns over new telecoms legislation, according to land agents.

This poultry is good enough for royalty – and now the Norfolk farmer whose turkeys grace the Queen’s Christmas dinner table is celebrating another accolade after winning an industry award.

Norfolk County Council has spent almost £3m to acquire a 440-acre agricultural property for the County Farms estate – a move which councillors said underlines their commitment to the rural economy.

Norfolk livestock breeders topped the trade at the Traditional Native Breeds National Show and Sale in Leicestershire.

As part of our regular series of profiles on the region’s Young Farmers’ Club members, new YFC Norfolk press officer EVIE SCARBOROUGH-TAYLOR explains the origins of her farming interests.

A delighted Suffolk farmer has scooped a prestigious national farm conservation accolade.

After a damaging series of disease outbreaks, the UK has finally been declared free of bird flu – but government officials have acknowledged lessons need to be learned to protect poultry keepers in future.

The owner of British Sugar has predicted a bumper beet crop for the 2017/18 campaign, with sugar production estimated to rise from 900,000 to 1.4 million tonnes.

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