Chris Hill

Farm fatality figures have dropped to their lowest on record – but industry leaders said much more needs to be done to improve agriculture’s poor accident record.

An East Anglian dairy farmer has cut his electricity bills by £2,000 a year – by harnessing the power of his cows’ manure to heat water supplies.

The loss of this week’s Royal Norfolk Show left a huge void in the farming calendar – but the thrill of winning its coveted competition rosettes was kept alive at a virtual livestock show.

The new regional representative for East Anglia’s farmers says the need for a strong agricultural voice has never been greater as the industry faces an unprecedented series of challenges.

The excitement of the Royal Norfolk Show has been denied to us during the lockdown – so here are some reminders of extraordinary Grand Ring highlights throughout the decades, ranging from acrobatic cows jumping through flaming hoops, to dazzling displays of horsemanship and motorcycle mastery.

While we’re all missing this year’s cancelled Royal Norfolk Show, we asked past presidents from the last 10 years – ranging from royalty and TV celebrities to business and church leaders – to tell us their most cherished memories from their time at the county’s much-loved summer showcase.

On what should have been the opening day of the 158th Royal Norfolk Show, organisers have pledged that the colourful summer spectacle will return in 2021 – although perhaps not quite as we know it.

East Anglia’s sugar beet growers are set to benefit from a market-linked bonus later this year, after EU sugar prices hit the required trigger point for the first time.

A lull in the property market during the coronavirus pandemic has created pent-up demand for farmland – with the lockdown prompting some potential buyers to “pursue a change in lifestyle and escape to the countryside”.

East Anglia’s farming leaders have welcomed a government pledge to create a trade and agriculture commission as a “major step forward” in the campaign to protect the industry from cheap, low-quality food imports.

An award-winning Norfolk farm aims to prove that organic environmental credentials should not come at the expense of commercial productivity – the two can go hand in hand.

While many farming businesses are seeking new income streams, they must consider how diversification could affect their inheritance tax liability says CHARLOTTE WEBSTER, senior rural surveyor at Arnolds Keys – Irelands Agricultural.

Two free webinars are being organised to help East Anglia’s farming and rural businesses adapt to change during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond.

Farmers have been urged to make their voices heard in a long-awaited government consultation seeking to end “unfair practices” in the UK’s dairy sector.

Organisers are ploughing ahead with plans for a major farm machinery demonstration in September – hoping as many as 4,000 people could visit the “only agricultural show in East Anglia this year”.

Farms in the East of England harvested more than a billion pounds’ worth of combinable crops and sugar beet last year – underlining the region’s reputation as the nation’s top agricultural breadwinner.

A wild and beautiful stretch of the north Norfolk landscape is up for sale for £500,000 – a “rare and unique” chance to own common land beloved by birdwatchers, stargazers and wartime heritage enthusiasts.

Farmers and landowners shouldn’t wait for the government to fund all their nature conservation ambitions – and consumers must also be prepared to change in order to help them reverse East Anglia’s wildlife “crisis”.

Century-old photographic plates belonging to enigmatic Edwardian naturalist Emma Turner have been rediscovered in Norfolk – shining new light on her trailblazing work to catalogue the wildlife of the Broads.

An online health and safety drive has been launched to reduce the risk of accidents, injuries and deaths on East Anglia’s farms as the busy harvest season nears.

A planned open day exploring Norfolk’s world-renowned malting barley provenance has been distilled into a video – highlighting how the “plant to pint” supply chain is plotting its recovery from lockdown.

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