Chris Hill

WildEast is celebrating some of the “exemplar pledgees” which it hopes will inspire even more nature-friendly communities and individuals to join this growing conservation movement.

A poultry auctioneer believes his business could be the only one in Norfolk to be hit by two national lockdowns at the same time – having been forced to close under both coronavirus and bird flu restrictions.

Farm shops which offered a vital supply line during the first lockdown have appealed for loyalty from food shoppers, saying: We were there when you needed us – now we need your support.

A truly wild landscape needs wild and hungry groundskeepers – so Exmoor ponies, Red Poll cattle and Tamworth pigs have been let loose to nurture the biodiversity at a west Norfolk estate.

A Norfolk farm machine factory has seen a surge in export orders as coronavirus workforce pressures across the Atlantic drives soaring demand for more efficient mechanisation.

A national bird flu prevention zone has been declared to stop the spread of a disease which could be devastating for East Anglia’s poultry sector in its critical run-up to Christmas.

Farming leaders have hailed the introduction of the new Agriculture Act as a “landmark moment” for post-Brexit farming, as the legislation passed into law after more than 100 hours of parliamentary debate.

Auctioneer, countryman and Waveney valley farmer Jeffrey Bowles, who headed one of the region’s longest-established firms of chartered surveyors, has died aged 73.

The amazing science and tech advances aiming to help East Anglian farming adapt to seismic change – and the global partnerships which could develop them – were highlighted at a virtual conference.

A delegation of Dutch agri-food businesses hopes to forge closer links with East Anglia’s farming community after joining the region’s agri-tech innovation network.

East Anglia’s poultry keepers are on heightened disease alert after the UK’s risk level for bird flu was raised following outbreaks in other parts of the country.

Agri-Tech Week returns next week with online events across East Anglia – showcasing new farming technologies and exploring how interactions between tiny ‘microscapes’ and global landscapes can help the sector meet its ambitions and responsibilities.

“Business as usual” is no longer an option for farms seeking to adapt to a changing world says EMILY NORTON, a former Norfolk dairy farmer who is now head of rural research at Savills.

Enterprising young livestock farmers have a chance to win a business-boosting £6,000 from an awards scheme established in memory of an inspirational Norfolk stockman.

A Norfolk turkey farmer believes heightened consumer food awareness is driving a surge in lockdown demand – and he has enlisted a celebrity chef to help promote the benefits of shopping local.

Farmland values in the East of England have remained strong despite an increasingly uncertain economic and political backdrop, said rural property agents.

Norwich Livestock Market has confirmed it will continue to operate during the second coronavirus lockdown – although tougher restrictions will be enforced to ensure its safety.

A Norfolk MP was one of only six Tory backbenchers to rebel against the government by voting for additional safeguards against substandard food imports to be included in the Agriculture Bill.

A greater public appreciation of food and agriculture during the coronavirus pandemic has helped secure some vital policy victories, Norfolk farmers were told – but many more battles remain in this uncertain world.

A ban on solid urea fertilisers is one of the options being considered in a government consultation on how to reduce pollution from farming’s ammonia emissions.

The severity – and timing – of recent autumn downpours has illustrated the impact of a changing climate on farms and underlined the importance of long-term investment in land drainage, said industry experts.

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