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A rare chance to see how Norwich scientists use cutting-edge biology and DNA supercomputers to "decode" life on earth brought hundreds of visitors to one of the city's research institutes.

As part of our regular series of profiles on the region's Young Farmers' Club members, 24-year-old JADE WILSON describes the unpredictable and emotional animal dramas she faces as an on-call farm vet.

A Norwich-based farm machinery firm has opened a custom-built new depot at its base in Cambridgeshire.

Water flows on a stretch of the River Yare near Norwich have been improved to encourage a more diverse ecology of plants, invertebrates and fish.

Many of the East of England's bees are on the brink of extinction - with 17 species already lost to the region, a study has found.

Digital data will boost agriculture's future productivity - but it means farmers need to protect themselves against rising cyber security risks says MARTIN COLLISON of rural consultancy Collison and Associates, based near King's Lynn.

The transformation of a Norfolk farm from an environmental disaster into a profitable wildlife haven should inspire other farmers to embrace conservation, says its owner - if not for the funding, then for the enjoyment of nature.

A popular north Norfolk farmers market has been saved from closure after a new venue stepped in to offer it a home.

The good times are baaa-ck at Swaffham as the town prepares to host its annual sheep fair.

The Fens is a food production powerhouse worth £3.1bn to the East's economy - but more must be done to protect its vast contributions to the nation's larders, says a new report.

Construction work has started on a state-of-the-art mustard mill which will retain Norwich's proud and historic links with the Colman's brand.

Farming leaders have demanded urgent action from environment secretary Michael Gove to resolve the "significant confusion and legal uncertainty" caused by changes to licences for shooting pest birds.

An under-fire college has been told further improvements must be made following its fifth Ofsted visit in 18 months.

With uncertainty hanging over the agricultural sector, a Norfolk accountant has set out a 10-point plan to help farmers to answer a key question: "Is my business fit for the future?"

I would like to raise awareness among your readers of the risks associated with the increasing number of calves being brought onto East Anglian farms from high-risk bovine tuberculosis (bTB) areas.

With their industry in an unprecedented state of flux, farmers have been urged to cultivate a more adaptable attitude to change and equip themselves with the right knowledge to make difficult business decisions.

The agricultural industry must work harder to improve its woeful safety record, says NICK DEANE chairman of the Norfolk branch of the National Farmers' Union (NFU).

The Royal Norfolk Show has unveiled its programme for this summer's celebration of county life - promising a fabulous feast of farming, spectacular live entertainment and mouthwatering food.

Summer irrigation prospects have been downgraded to "poor" in East Anglia, deepening farmers' concerns about possible restrictions on water use during a crucial time in the growing season.

A specialist agricultural accountant from Norfolk has been appointed as chairman of the global agriculture, food and beverages industry leadership group of an international network.

Four enterprising young livestock farmers are in the running to win a £5,000 award established in memory of an inspirational Norfolk stockman.

A £1.4m promotional push will be launched to increase consumer appetite for lamb and boost support for the sheep sector.

One of Norfolk's renowned research institutes is opening its doors to show the cutting-edge bioscience and "big data" technologies it uses to tackle global issues ranging from crop disease to climate change.

A "world-first" fertiliser made from recycled alkaline batteries will soon be energising UK crops after being imported by a Norfolk business.

A special service was held at Norwich Cathedral as part of the centenary celebrations for Norfolk's branch of the National Farmers' Union (NFU).

A senior figure in the agricultural world will run the rule over Norfolk's finest farming businesses after agreeing to judge a county competition in its 40th anniversary year.

The underwater ecology of two of Norfolk's Broads will be segregated and manipulated as part of a £500,000 project aiming to restore clear water for the first time in more than 50 years.

Farmers must make the most of every chance to communicate and captivate an audience, says Norfolk-based farming filmmaker SUSIE EMMETT of Green Shoots Productions.

A Norfolk farm aims to prove you don't need to be a scientific genius to conduct practical research which could improve water quality and reduce pollution.

A farm on the Norfolk-Suffolk border produces up to 14 crops - but despite the wide variation in seed sizes and sowing depths all are established using just one direct drill, as part of a low-impact strip-seeding system.

East Anglia's rapeseed growers are losing up to a quarter of their yield each year due to temperature rises during a critical winter "weather window" which could wipe as much as £160m off the value of the UK crop.

A deadly disease killing the country's ash trees could cost the British economy almost £15bn, a study has warned - with taxpayers picking up much of the bill.

Norfolk-grown beans have found an unlikely new market - as premium fish food for Scottish salmon.

A Norfolk livestock enthusiast believes the best way to preserve rare breed cattle is to find a viable market for them - and his commercial crosses have raised eyebrows in the rare breeds community.

The vulnerability of the region's oilseed rape crops is one example of why farmers must adapt quickly to change and constantly manage risk in their business says SIMON EVANS, agricultural partner at Arnolds Keys-Irelands Agricultural.

A warming climate and the maturing expertise of the region's wine growers could make East Anglia's sparkling wine better than Champagne in the years to come.

Fans of tractors and steam engines turned back clock on the rural past once again at one of the region's biggest vintage vehicle rallies.

Profit should not be a taboo subject when discussing conservation, said a Norfolk farm adviser - especially when trying to encourage more farmers to join stewardship schemes which could benefit wildlife on a landscape scale.

A herbicide-tolerant sugar beet which could help East Anglian growers tackle weed problems is among seven new varieties being recommended for next season.

Norfolk's perfect blend of world-renowned malting barley production and craft brewing expertise has combined to secure a raft of beer awards which will be celebrated at the Norwich City of Ale festival later this month.

A Norfolk farmer has revealed the secrets behind his award-winning crop of bread wheat - including using recycled sewage and newspapers to boost organic matter in his soil.

An oilseed rape variety from Eye-based seed firm Grainseed has made it onto National List trials.

In a world hungry for land, high-yield farming is vital to free up land for conservation, says JOHN WALLACE, chairman of the Morley Agricultural Foundation, based near Wymondham.

A spirit of collaboration has helped two Norfolk farm businesses bolster their profitability - and sustained a livestock enterprise which is vital to a mixed farming estate.

An East Anglian nature reserve where marsh harriers soar above reed-beds and konik ponies graze the fens is celebrating its 120th anniversary with further expansion plans to boost wildlife.

Norfolk crop scientists have engineered a genetically-modified (GM) wheat plant which can produce white flour with extra iron - potentially bringing health benefits to anaemia sufferers.

A coalition of rural organisations is calling on environment secretary Michael Gove to launch an investigation into Natural England's decision to revoke licences allowing farmers to shoot 16 species of bird.

From rural traditions to exhilarating entertainment, the full spectrum of East Anglia's great outdoors was put on show at a country fair this weekend - including its unpredictable weather.

Outdoor pursuits ranging from dizzying BMX and parachute stunts to traditional equine displays are expected to bring thousands of people to the Euston Estate for the East Anglian Game and Country Fair this weekend.

Some of the world's rarest and most unusual vintage tractors - as well as classic cars and motorcycles - will go under the hammer at a major East Anglian auction today.

As a House of Lords committee publishes a major report on the rural economy, Norfolk peer and former army chief GENERAL THE LORD DANNATT explains why we urgently need a new strategy tailored to the specific needs of countryside communities.

A Suffolk farmer and his daughters, who lost their mother two years ago to a devastating disease, will be among a host of farmers and food producers taking part in the London Marathon on Sunday (April 28).

A growing nature reserve in south Norfolk has acquired more land which will help its owners manage habitats for the site's treasured wildlife.

A rural business which started with just five orphaned lambs is continuing its growth by opening a shop to showcase more of Norfolk and Suffolk's artisan producers.

Farmers' leaders have condemned an incident in which dead crows were left hanging outside the home of a BBC Springwatch presenter after he backed a legal challenge which resulted in restrictions on shooting 'pest' birds.

East Anglian farmers must stand up for their industry or risk watching it wither in the clamour for cheap food after Brexit, said a leading agricultural spokesman.

Non-farmers are continuing to snap up farmland in East Anglia this year, but supply remains tight, according to land agents.

A food and clothing giant which saw its sugar profits plummet in the first half of its financial year expects them to bounce back.

A Norfolk farmer battling both a terminal illness and severe depression is organising a fundraising cricket day in aid of the "amazing" mental health charity which is helping him.

A farmer saw 200 tonnes of his straw catch fire in Burgh-next-Aylsham this evening.

Farmers have reacted angrily to an abrupt ban on shooting birds including crows, pigeons and Canada geese - controls which they claim are "absolutely necessary" to protect crops and livestock.

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