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Scenes from the 2105 Royal Norfolk Show - The Jarrolds summer 2015 Fashion Show. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Models showcasing clothes from Norfolk’s favourite department store managed to bring the ‘cool’ to today’s runway extravaganza.

Scenes from the 2105 Royal Norfolk Show - Fashion at the show - Barbara Thompson. Picture: Matthew Usher.

For 61 years Norwich’s Showground has played host to the two-day agricultural extravaganza - the Royal Norfolk Show.

First day of the Royal Norfolk Show 2015. Jorja Banwell, 7, from Marham pictured at the Happy Eggs stand.

It’s the biggest event in the county’s calendar and today it has also been the hottest.

Royal Norfolk Show 2015. Bruce Ash, Brewery Manager and Rupert Farquharson, Managing Director of Woodfordes launch their new beer called Champion at the Norfolk Show The launch commemorates Woodfordes success as Brewery of the Year plus the 50th anniversary of harvesting the Maris Otter Barley used in their beers.


The first pints have been pulled of a new beer created to celebrate Norfolk’s peerless brewing credentials – and the 50th anniversary of a “legendary” malting barley.

First day at the Royal Norfolk Show. Defra secretary Elizabeth Truss visits the Norfolk Beekeepers Association. Photo: Steve Adams

The economic importance of bees for pollinating East Anglia’s crops will be put at the heart of a new payment scheme designed to reward wildlife-friendly farming.

First day at the Royal Norfolk Show. Grey Partridge award winner Tid Morton and son in law Nick Walton and Justin Ripman of Mills and Reeve, left. Photo: Steve Adams

A west Norfolk farm has been rewarded for its “labour of love” to boost grey partridge numbers.

Scenes from the 2105 Royal Norfolk Show - Catherine Brooks enjoys an ice cream. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Relive the action from the first day of the Royal Norfolk Show in our blog.

Royal Norfolk Show 2015. Eight-month-old Harper Zelley, granddaughter of Norwich jeweller Howard Zelley who has been looking after the show trophies for 25 years.

It is finally here - the UK’s largest two-day agricultural show is ready to start.

Sugar beet being unloaded at the British Sugar factory in Cantley.  Picture: James Bass

A reduced sugar beet price for 2016/17 has been announced today after extensive negotiations between the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) and British Sugar.

Dairy cows at Shipdham. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The dairy industry has been hit by another “body blow” after one of the country’s largest milk processors confirmed it was cutting the price paid to its members.

Heygate Farms at Swaffham is the winner of the 2015 Norfolk Farm Business competition. Pictured is Farm manager William Gribbon. Picture: Ian Burt

Enthusiasm, attention to detail – and a relentless pursuit of new opportunities. Those are the attributes which the manager of an award-winning Norfolk farm enterprise says are needed to succeed in a constantly-evolving market place.

Norfolk trials of hybrid wheat at Stody. Speaking is John Poulton of CROPCO. Picture: Ian Burt

The economic benefits which hybrid wheat can bring to low-yielding farmland were explained to growers at the site of a Norfolk crop trial.

Phillida Hurn pictured at her farm.

Students from across the county swapped the classroom for the open fields of north Norfolk to learn about the county’s £1bn farming industry.

Richard Self, EDGE Careers project manager, pictured at the Cereals event 2015.

A project aimed at giving work opportunities to young people in the farming industry has moved into a transitional phase, as it seeks to extend its reach beyond its East Anglian origins.

Defra secretary Elizabeth Truss (centre) at Holmebrink Farm in Methwold with Paul Wortley (left and Andy Wortley (right).

With summer temperatures starting to rise, the issue of water availability for thirsty vegetable crops was a hot topic of conversation as the environment secretary visited a Norfolk farm.

David Lawrence OBE retires as principal of Easton College. Pictured with his wife Sarah surrounded by colleages and friends.

A Norfolk college campus hosted an emotional send-off for an inspirational educator who was the driving force behind the growth of the region’s main centre of agricultural learning.

David Jones, farm manager at Morley Farms near Wymondham, has been crowned a ‘Rural Community Champion’ by agronomy business, Agrii.

A Norfolk farmer has been crowned a regional rural champion in a campaign aimed at celebrating people who make a difference to their countryside communities.

Christine Tacon, groceries code adjudicator, the national regulator for supermarkets. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

An independent survey of grocery suppliers has found improvements in their relationship with the major supermarkets during the last 12 months.

Environment secretary Elizabeth Truss. Picture: Ian Burt

A vast reserve of government data will be made publicly available in an effort to create profitable opportunities for people making their living from food, farming and the environment.

Norfolk farmer Barry Garner has won a Syngenta Farm Sprayer Operator of the Year Award 2015.

East Anglian farmers are among the regional winners in the Syngenta Farm Sprayer Operator of the Year competition for 2015.

Wheat harvest. Picture: James Bass

Wheat production has overtaken poultry as the largest source of agricultural income in the East of England, according to the latest government statistics.

3foot chinese lantern

A cattle farmer has expressed his anger over the use of Chinese lanterns after he found one in his field.

Nicola Bateman, who has left her role as chief executive at Suffolk Agricultural Association.

The chief executive of the Suffolk Agricultural Association has left the organisation just five months after taking up the post.

Emily Bambridge with her award-winning Haflinger stallion Sultan at Blickling.  Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A champion stallion has returned home to Norfolk after winning a first major international success for his delighted owners.

Farm manager William Gribbon at Heygate Farms near Swaffham. Picture: Matthew Usher.

A Breckland potato grower has been revealed as the supreme champion in an annual contest to celebrate the region’s best agricultural enterprises.

The Bernard Matthews Youth Awards 2014. All the awards winners with overall winner, Jody Baxter, 18, front. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Inspirational young people are the key to our region’s future, and a special awards ceremony is looking to find and reward some young stars who achieve amazing things.

The John Innes Centre's summer field visit to the trials site at Church Farm, Bawburgh. Pictured: PhD student Amelia Frizell-Armitage explains her research into the effects of plant waxes

It’s a world-leading institute with a peerless reputation for crop sciences. But how does the John Innes Centre translate its expertise into tangible benefits for farmers in the field?

FWAG farm walk, June 2015, RG Wright and Sons, Hardley. Pictured: Richard Wright.

An award-winning Norfolk farmer says British producers are “underselling” the value of their crops to the nation’s finances, compared to their European counterparts.

Euro currency. Photo: Julien Behal/PA Wire

A combination of low grain prices and the prospect of delayed subsidy payments could create a potential end-of-year cashflow shortfall of £150,000 for some arable farmers.

Winners of the 2014 EDP Norfolk Food and Drink Awards at the Norfolk Showground.

With just two weeks to go before nominations close, the region’s farming heroes have been urged to demonstrate their pride in their produce by putting themselves forward for the EDP Norfolk Food and Drink Award.

Easton & Otley College won the Cereals Challenge 2015. Left to Right:  Adam Mann , Ryan Thompson , James Cunningham , Andrew Webber. Pic by Tim Scrivener.

Students from Easton and Otley College have won a national farming competition for the second year running.

Robert Sheasby, NFU East Anglia

More people are backing British farmers according to a new survey which shows positive public perceptions about the industry have risen for the fourth year running.

Dr Claire Domoney at the John Innes Centre

A Norwich-based scientist has been honoured by the farming community to recognise the impact of her work in pea genetics.

Sheep farmer Kaylee Campbell has won the top prize in this year's Chris Lewis Award. Picture: Matthew Usher.

An ambitious young shepherdess who was drawn to the farming industry through her love of animals has won a £5,000 prize awarded in memory of an inspirational Norfolk stockman.

Cereals 2015 at Boothby Graffoe in Lincolnshire. Pictured: Sands Agricultural Machinery's Vision sprayer in the demonstration arena.

With low commodity prices and rising regulatory pressures squeezing arable margins, farmers must focus on efficiency if they are to stay ahead of the game. CHRIS HILL reports from the Cereals 2015 show.

Butcher Steve Taylor, front, at White House Farm with Oliver and Charlotte Gurney. Photo : Steve Adams

A Norwich fruit grower is aiming to beef up its year-round retail appeal by adding a butcher’s counter to its café and farm shop diversification.

Agri-Tech East’s GROW national business plan competition. Left-Right: William Kendall (judge), Patrick Mitton (AgriTopics), Andrew Spinks (B&C Farming), Peter Cowley (judge), George Kohler (Diesel Dynamics), Simon Bowen (judge).

A commercial concept to use white pea flour as a high-value ingredient for gluten-free products has secured an Ely businessman success in a national business plan competition.

The Genome Analysis Centre in Norwich has been awarded £100k to identify sources of infection for the UK's sugar beet crop. Pictured: Sugar beet leaf.

Scientists at the Norwich Research Park have been awarded £100,000 to explore ways to identify the sources of damaging crop infections in sugar beet.

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

With Monday’s deadline fast approaching for subsidy applications, a “last chance” plea has been issued for farmers to take advantage of the help available for their applications.

Images from Cereals 2014

Thousands of East Anglia’s arable farmers, merchants and manufacturers will descend on a Lincolnshire field today for one of the major events in agriculture’s commercial calendar.

Somerleyton Open Farm Sunday. Seth Chesebrough in a tractor wheel.

Warm sunshine yielded a rich harvest of visitors for this year’s Open Farm Sunday, with farmers across the region encouraging families onto their land to show them how their food is produced.

Frontier's Gressenhall Open Day at Woodfields Farm - Pilot Jim Hindle with the UAV. Picture: Matthew Usher.

With their working environments spread over acres of fields, leaving profits vulnerable to a host of unseen threats, farmers are turning to drone technology to help them keep a closer eye on their business.

Prof Kevin Hiscock explains the water monitoring equipment to visitors during the Water for Agriculture Special Interest Group visit to Salle Farms. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

It is a perennial conundrum for farmers – how to make effective use of agro-chemicals to grow our food, while stopping pollutants from reaching our rivers, eco-systems and drinking water.

Dr Belinda Clarke, Director of Agri-Tech East (left), talks to farm staff about agri-tech innovations

Five enterprising finalists have been selected in an inaugural agri-tech business plan competition aimed at addressing challenges within the food and farming industry.

Mrs Temple's Cheese has won a coveted gold award. With Gurneys Gold are cheese makers Jennie Lyons and Ray Jacklin. Picture: Ian Burt

A Norfolk cheesemaker has won a national accolade in an awards scheme which celebrates excellence in dairy products.

Edward Downing speaks at Frontier's Gressenhall Open Day at Woodfields Farm. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Farmers have been offered some optimism that East Anglia could be on course to eclipse last year’s record-breaking harvest.

RNAA members' visit to Place UK fruit farm at Tunstead

A productive blend of farming, the countryside and rural enterprise greeted members of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association (RNAA) on their annual visit.

More than 800 people enjoyed the sunshine at Clarkes Farm, Martham, for Open Farm Sunday 2014

With just days to go before the food industry’s annual face-to-face showcase with the buying public, farmers are working together to ensure the broadest experience for their visitors.

The Centrum Building at the Norwich Research Park. Picture: Denise Bradley

An agricultural seed company is expanding to provide a Norfolk hub for its global research and development programme to boost crop resilience.

Benjy. Photo : PETA/PA Wire

A “gay” bull saved from slaughter after an international campaign aided by the late Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon may have an eye for the heifers after all, his new owner has revealed.

Open Farm Sunday at Cavick Farm, Wymondham in 2014. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Next weekend’s Open Farm Sunday presents an opportunity for families to learn about the agricultural world that surrounds them – and for farmers to explain how they produce our favourite foods.

Thetford Forest photo archive. Bush saw felling, thinning operation. Compartment 166, Thetford. 8/08/1949

Since its first pines were planted in the 1920s, Thetford Forest has become a significant part of the East Anglian landscape. Now an oral history project aims to preserve the stories of those who helped it to grow.

Cole Agriculture straw manager Will Murphy. Picture: Ian Burt

Farmers have been urged to explore the financial benefits of selling surplus straw to Norfolk’s newest biomass plant – while the baling industry seeks to allay concerns about availability for livestock or soil enrichment.

Crowds enjoyed the scorching sunshine on the first day of the Suffolk Show 2015.

The 184th Suffolk Show has been declared a “feast of excitement” by director Bill Baker.

Clarke Willis, chief executive of Anglia Farmers. Picture: Denise Bradley

Despite a volatile year for the farming industry, a Norfolk-based agricultural buying group has reported 12 months of continued growth, with turnover increasing by 2.2pc.

The Wayland Agricultural Show's spring ball made £12,000 for Big C cancer charity. Left to right: Adrian Soskin, Wayland Show vice chairman, Daniel Williams, chief executive of Big C, Kevin Bowes, show president, and Steph Soskin, show ball committee.

Organisers of the Wayland Agricultural Show’s Spring Ball have presented a £12,000 charity cheque to support people affected by cancer in Norfolk


Farmers and landowners have been given greater powers to deal with the problem of illegally grazed or abandoned horses, after new legislation came into force on Tuesday.

Beth Bennett, a graduate from the Tesco Future Farmer Foundation, who is a farm manager at Anglia Free Range Eggs, with one of the owners of Anglia Free Range Eggs and farmer Dudley Southgate with his chickens at his farm at Great Ellingham. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

21-year-old Beth Bennett is one of the first young people to complete a farming programme which aims to teach new recruits to agriculture about the whole process from producer to supermarket shelf.

Nick Culley (left) has taken over the running of the historic shoot at the Quidenham Estate. With him is gamekeeper Robert Brown.

A high-tech entrepreneur has swapped the electronics business for a more traditional country way of life after taking over a historic Norfolk game shoot.

A training course for sheep shearing at Fendale Farm in Nordelph. Picture: Matthew Usher.

With the sheep-shearing season in full swing, there is a positive mood in the industry which collects and sells one of agriculture’s most versatile off-cuts – wool.

Montagu's Harrier. Pic by Subramanya C K

The RSPB is urging farmers, birdwatchers and walkers across East Anglia to keep a lookout for the nation’s rarest breeding bird of prey, after launching a hotline to record their sightings.

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