Farming News

Phoebe Taylor on a vintage tractor at the 2015 Spring Fling at the Norfolk showground.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Thousands of children and their parents learned about farm animals, crops and food at the 16th annual Spring Fling today at the Norfolk Showground.

Cornerways Nursery near Wissington, has won an award for being Co-op East of England producer of the year - The crop being picked. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Using rainwater from a roof the size of 17 football pitches, and recycling C02 from the factory next door, a tomato greenhouse in Norfolk is one of few almost self-sufficient growers in the mass produce sector.

Barn Owl. Picutre: NEIL CALBRADE/British Trust for Ornithology

The number of malnourished dead barn owls discovered on the ground during the cold spring of 2013 brought alarming predictions that the bird’s population was in crisis.

Drill operator Andy Ellis receives the instruction manual from Toucan Farm Machinery's Steve Twist. Behind from l to r James Medler from Ben Burgess and MMC staff Dale Atkins, Michael Sawyer (apprentice), Philip Dewing and manager Stewart Marsh

With sugar beet prices on the floor the mood among many farmers is pretty gloomy - but one Norfolk business believes this low point is just the moment to invest in the crop and its future.

Norfolk Brewhouse team

County growers, maltsters and brewers are teaming up to create a truly Norfolk ale to celebrate Norwich City of Ale 2015.

Dr Tom Clarke at University of East Anglia

Straw-powered cars could be a thing of the future thanks to new research from the University of East Anglia.

Easton College. Steve Adams

The Norfolk Livestock Market could be relocated, after it was announced that Norfolk is to host one of the new Food Enterprise Zones (FEZ).

Cattle at Roger Long's farm in Scarning undergoing routine tests for bovine TB. Picture: Matthew Usher

While the culling of badgers is causing controversy on the opposite side of the country, the regime for controlling the spread of bovine TB is still a major source of concern for livestock farmers here in East Anglia.

Norfolk farmer Andrew Spinks has won a grant from the Henry Plumb Foundation for his ingenious farming innovation - a trailer-drawn forklift. Pictured with his trailer/forklift and Stabiliser Cattle  Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

An inventive Norfolk livestock farmer is seeking to take his new machinery design down a more commercial track with the help of a business grant.

Steve and Sara Raven at their farm on Wisbech road, Westry, March. with equipment going up for auction. Picture: Steve Williams.

A self-confessed “workaholic” has been forced to sell his family farming business at the age of just 36 as he copes with a long-standing medical condition.

Teachers and casreers advisers visited Hirst Farms in Ormesby to learn about agricultural job opportunities.

A year on from a destructive fire, visitors were shown new livestock facilities built in the aftermath of the disaster as part of an event to raise awareness of farming careers.

A farmer ploughing his field near Aylsham. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

An online-only government computer system designed to process vital EU subsidy grants for farmers has been abandoned in favour of paper forms after continued technical difficulties.

The 2014 Spring Fling, held at the Royal Norfolk Showground. Ava Goffart, 6, meets an alpaca. Picture: Denise Bradley

For thousands of children, it will be a day with all the ingredients for some Easter holiday fun – and a chance to learn about the bounty of food and drink produced by their home county.

A farmer ploughing his fields at Ridlington.  PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Farmers have welcomed a budget commitment aimed at helping them weather the storms of volatility in their industry by smoothing out the peaks in their tax bills.

A Massey Ferguson tractor 1250 dating from 1979 fetched a record price when it went under the hammer recently near Bury St Edmunds.

The hunt is on to find Britain’s oldest working tractor - and the EDP wants to find the oldest working piece of farming machinery in East Anglia.

A shopper looking at fresh produce in a supermarket. Picture read: PA Photo/Thinkstockphotos.

Small East Anglian food firms are resisting dealing with supermarkets because of cultural reasons rather than financial barriers, according to a new survey.

Easton College. Steve Adams

Three key areas of agriculture, research and food production in East Anglia could become Food Enterprise Zones (FEZs) after the region’s bid was submitted to government.

Nick Allen, Sector Director for Eblex, Kevin Burrows of C & K Meats of Eye, Ed Bedington editor of Meat Trades Journal.

A determined and direct approach to building export links has raised the turnover at a family-run meat firm near Diss – and secured the company an industry accolade.

Brooke Harris

Members of the farming community came from as far afield as Cumbria to pay their respects to Brooke Harris whose funeral took place on Tuesday at a packed Salhouse church.

Catherine Temple with her Binham Blue. Picture by: Matthew Usher.

What do Cornish pasties, Melton Mowbray pork pies, Staffordshire cheese and Rutland bitter have in common?

Edge Spring Conference 2015 - (from left), Clarke Willis, Dr David Llewellyn, Dan Corlett, Alastair Taylor, Richard Hirst, Will Hinton and Martin Collison. Photo by Keiron Tovell

A serious skills crisis is looming for the food and farming industry unless it can reinvent itself to win the “hearts and minds” of youngsters at all tiers of education.

Sisters-in-law Linn, left, and Lara Clabburn, who have set up LaSS (Ladies and Shooting Society) for ladies to learn shooting, working with dogs, and enjoying champagne in the countryside, pictured with their dogs, Mister, left, and Teef. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

An enterprising pair with farming and business in their blood have set up a women-only shooting club combining guns, bubbles, dogs and lunch.

Norfolk Young Farmers Skills Initiative launch. Pictured: Young farmers at work in March 2015.

Norfolk’s Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFC) have launched a new £70,000 skills fund to distribute cash raised to mark the organisation’s 70th anniversary.

Inder Poonaji, Head of Sustainability at Nestlé UK & Ireland

The challenges of reducing water wastage in food processing factories and safeguarding precious supplies for farms were discussed during an industry seminar in Wisbech.

School children learning about the potato at the Norfolk Showground. Chloe, 7 and Liam, 6, from Dereham Church Infant and Nursery School using a riddle. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

School pupils planted potatoes at the Norfolk Showground which they hope to harvest in the summer – along with a bounty of knowledge about one of the county’s staple crop.

Dairy cattle. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Farmers’ leaders have warned that a small decline reported in the number of new cattle herds affected by bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is not good enough to ensure a swift eradication of the disease.

Ursula Agriculture: G2 drone flying over crops

A £5m fund has been created to help farmers access the technology they need to boost their profitability and keep them at the forefront of precision agriculture.

Potatoes checked for size and defects at Kettle Chips factory at Bowthorpe.

The search is on for eight industry leaders with the appetite to help the food, drink and agriculture supply chain reach its full potential as a driver for growth and jobs in Norfolk and Suffolk.

Guy Smith speaking at the 2015 Norfolk Farming Conference at the John Innes Conference Centre. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Agricultural industry leaders have demanded a “fit-for-purpose” mapping function as farmers struggle to prepare their online subsidy applications.

Annelise Ford from Needham Chalks has been working with David Jones from Morley Farms to develop a GPS-mapped liming service. Picture by: Sonya Duncan

A satellite-mapped system for correcting soil acidity is helping to improve agricultural efficiencies across East Anglia after it was pioneered on a Norfolk farm.

Councillor Ian Mackie.

Council farm tenants in Norfolk have been reassured that there are no plans to sell the “family silver” by cashing in on the sale value of the 16,000-acre county estate.

Norfolk farmer Ken Proctor (far left) with the champion cow at British Dairy Week in Australia

A Norfolk dairy farmer has “made history” on the other side of the world while judging a prestigious Australian cattle show.

Lambing weekend at Easton and Otley College.

In an increasingly hi-tech sector, the food and farming industry faces a challenge to tempt the right young people into a skilled career on the land – but first, there is an image problem to overcome.

Agricultural apprenticeship scheme EDGE took its roadshow to Great Yarmouth High School.  Picture: James Bass

An agricultural apprenticeship roadshow rolled into Great Yarmouth this week to open the students’ eyes to the technology and earning potential of a career in food and farming.

David Jones at Morley Farms. Picture by: Sonya Duncan

An appeal has been made for younger farmers to get involved with grass-roots industry meetings as part of a drive to attract and engage agriculture’s “next generation”.

Ben Underwood, eastern region director of the Country Land and Business Association.

Farmers and rural landowners will be given the chance to quiz general election candidates on key countryside issues at two hustings events next month.

Red Poll cattle in the fields around The Suffolk Food Hall, Ipswich.

The Suffolk Show is set to stage the first national Red Poll cattle competition – or at least the first of the modern era.

George Lyon MEP speaking at the Norfolk Farming Conference in 2013. Picture: Denise Bradley

The government has appointed four new members to the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) with effect from April 1.

NFU East Anglia Regional Director Pamela Forbes

The East Anglia regional director of the National Farmers’ Union is moving to a new role as head of the NFU’s sugar team.

NFU banner is unveiled at Uphouse Farm in Norfolk

A national campaign has been launched to highlight the importance of food and farming ahead of the general election.

Lambing weekend at Easton and Otley College.

Thousands of people who flocked to the Easton College campus over the weekend were greeted by up to 30 lambs – some of which were just hours old.

Becca Colman at Harper Adams university

An agriculture student from King’s Lynn is researching whether a change of diet for livestock could lead to more efficient calf-rearing.

Organic vegetable grower John Taylor putting a soil moisture probe into position. Picture: Ian Burt

The question of how to manage the increasing demands on East Anglia’s finite water resources will be discussed by farmers, academics and business leaders next month.

Open Farm Sunday at Lodge Farm, Felmingham, in 2014. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Farmers are being urged to throw open their gates to the public this summer – and to equip themselves with the knowledge to make the experience as valuable as possible.

A sugar beet field near Acle.  Picture: James Bass

The wide range of agricultural land prices has created a wealth of opportunities for farmers looking to sell, seminar delegates were told.

East of England Co-ops Producer of the Year Awards 2015. Pictured: Norfolk county winners, Cornerways nursery from Stoke Ferry.

Trail-blazing tomatoes and sumptuous sausages are among the county champions voted for by shoppers in a regional awards scheme.

A farmer ploughing his field at Bayfield.

East Anglian farmers are being offered extra help with a new subsidy payment scheme, after figures revealed the region is lagging behind with its online registrations.

Professor Mike Bevan at the John Innes Centre.

The European regime for regulating genetically-modified plants is preventing potentially beneficial crops being grown in the UK and should be overhauled, MPs have urged.

Food stars launch event at London: Keith Emmerson from the Norfolk Sloe Company

East Anglian family businesses have been listed among the nation’s 50 most promising food and drink entrepreneurs in a new government initiative.

Environment secretary Elizabeth Truss speaking at the NFU Conference 2015 at the ICC, Birmingham Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

A Tory-led government would roll out badger culling to more areas where tuberculosis (TB) is rife in cattle, environment secretary Elizabeth Truss has said.

Alex Sargeant, owner of Strangers Coffee Bar in Pottergate, Norwich, is now using milk from a local dairy to be ethical.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

A Norwich coffee shop has switched its custom to a local dairy in a bid to improve the quality and traceability of its milk - and to give farmers a fairer deal for their product.

A machine at work in a Produce World field.

Up to 300 jobs could be lost after a major agricultural business announced proposals to close two of its sites in Lincolnshire.

Crop-spraying on a field of potatoes. Photo: Bill Smith

Just half of the UK’s demand for food will be met by produce grown and reared on British farms in 25 years, a report has warned.

Vintage tractor ploughing at Bawdeswell. Picture: Ian Burt

A quest to discover Britain’s oldest working tractor has been launched by a classified farm machine sales website.

Simon Barker is creating his own hop yard as part of his micro brewery project at Salle Moor Hall Farm. Picture: Matthew Usher.

A Norfolk brewer’s passion for local ingredients has driven him to build a commercial hop yard at his farmland base – which he believes is the only one of its kind in the county.

Norfolk farmer Thomas Love of Walcott Farms is Norfolk's new NFU county chairman.   Picture: Mark Bullimore

The new chairman of the Norfolk branch of the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) says the county’s farmers have some major challenges to face – but they are in good shape to tackle them.

Shepherd and sheepdog breeder Megan Jenkins. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Young Norfolk livestock farmers have just a week left to apply for a £5,000 prize in an award scheme which has a track record of sending fledgling agricultural ventures on the road to success.

A farrowing tent being trialled on a pig farm near Ringland, Norfolk

The importance of sharing innovations and the results of on-farm trials were highlighted by industry specialists at the Norfolk Pig Discussion Group.

Labour has pledged to end pilot badger culls. Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Farmers’ leaders have called on ministers to stop using the badger cull as a “political football” in their pre-election positioning.

Dr Belinda Clarke, director of Agri-Tech East

A final call has been made for entries into a competition aimed at developing investable, commercial innovations for the agricultural industry.

Crop-spraying on a field of potatoes. Photo: Bill Smith

Falling fuel prices are masking some increases in the cost of farming, according to the latest agricultural inflation measure published by a Norfolk-based buying group.

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