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

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.

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.

There have been almost 200 pollution incidents at livestock farms in Norfolk and Suffolk over the last six years, including animal waste leaking into rivers.

Small family farms could be lost from the East Anglian countryside by 2050 unless post-Brexit policies protect the diversity of our landscape, warns a new report.

East Anglian farmers have faced another week of frustration and delay as rain continues to disrupt harvest.

Environment secretary Michael Gove said he was in “listening mode” to understand the Brexit concerns of East Anglia’s farming community during his visit to the Royal Norfolk Show.

Farmers urged Suffolk shoppers to back British farming yesterday at a series of events around the county to mark the first anniversary of the EU referendum.

Anyone considering a naughty lope through Norfolk’s wheat fields as part of a mass event organised on social media has been urged to think twice.

A debate over whether a controversial weedkiller should be used to speed up the harvest prompted a senior farmer to claim glyphosate is “safer than sausages”.

Farming leaders said new environment secretary Michael Gove must “understand and articulate” the needs of East Anglia’s agricultural community during a pivotal time for the sector.

Essex farmer and National Farmers’ Union vice president Guy Smith is set to argue against a ban on weed killer glyphosate at an event in June

The general election has delivered a hung parliament and more unwelcome uncertainty for East Anglian farmers – but the industry is keen to find the positives. CHRIS HILL reports.

The 2017 general election could bring radical change to East Anglia’s rural economy and communities. Farming editor CHRIS HILL reports on the competing parties’ positions on agricultural subsidies, environmental protection and infrastructure funding.

The region’s farmers insist they are doing their bit to combat flooding as research finds 90pc of floodplains in England are not doing their job.

Last week’s rainfall provided some short-term relief for East Anglian farmers – but experts said it has not changed the underlying shortage in rivers and groundwater.

East Anglian flower growers have backed a campaign to get patriotic shoppers to buy more British blooms.

The dry spring may have caused problems for East Anglia’s farmers – but it has created the perfect conditions for a scientific trial aiming to help crops cope with future droughts.

The continuing death toll on British farms has prompted a Norfolk farming consultant to reveal his top ten list of “stupid and irresponsible acts” in a bid to prevent further tragedies.

East Anglia’s continuing lack of rainfall has left river levels low, caused crop concerns for farmers, and sparked longer-term fears for wildlife if the dry spell turns into a summer drought.

Cutting-edge research and emerging technologies which could help farmers maximise resources to feed a growing population will be highlighted at this year’s Royal Norfolk Show.

Has there ever been a more important time for farming’s voice to be heard? EDP farming editor CHRIS HILL explores the industry’s urgent need to communicate to voters, consumers and policy-makers.

East Anglia’s coastline has been eroding for centuries. Sarah Chambers spoke to a farmer whose land is falling into the 
sea to get his perspective on an age-old problem.

Imagine a farm where driverless electric tractors roam the fields, day and night, before silently connected themselves to solar-powered charging points ready for their next autonomous shift.

While politicians put the finishing touches to their general election manifestos, we asked a cross-section of the farming industry what campaign pledges would win their vote on June 8.

A prolonged dry spell has prompted fears for some of this season’s crops – and brought a fresh focus to longer-term concerns about the availability of irrigation water.

A national farming figurehead said British farmers must not be placed at a disadvantage compared to their European counterparts as a result of leaving the EU.

Environment secretary Andrea Leadsom was quizzed on topics ranging from pesticide regulation to post-Brexit labour issues during her long-awaited first official visit to Norfolk and Suffolk.

Average farming incomes stabilised in 2016, rising by 1.5pc according to new government figures.

Orchards and outdoor fruit production could be vulnerable to the cold snap predicted to be heading for East Anglia this week, farming leaders have warned.

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