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Following its resurrection in the Queen's speech, the agriculture bill should now be fast-tracked after a "wasted year" of "legislative limbo", demanded farming leaders.

2019 could be a vintage year for East Anglian wine, according to a viticulturist whose first commercial crop of grapes is among the best he has seen - despite the weather woes elsewhere in the country. CHRIS HILL reports.

During a period of unprecedented change, farm businesses must evolve to stay ahead of the curve says BEN UNDERWOOD, East regional director for the Country Land and Business Association (CLA East).

Farmers have gathered a huge harvest of wheat and barley this season - but they feel betrayed by "disastrous" no-deal Brexit trade tariff proposals which could damage their ability to export the surplus.

A long-awaited £6.8m upgrade for a century-old Norfolk sugar factory proves it still has a vital role at the forefront of modern food production, said company bosses.

An all-conquering north Norfolk farmer has been crowned supreme barley champion by his club for an unprecedented third year in a row.

City children were introduced to the joys of the countryside as thousands of people joined a harvest celebration in the grounds of Norwich Cathedral.

Two massive new tomato greenhouses will "send out a message" that Norfolk and Suffolk are ripe for more agri-food investment and job creation, said business leaders.

A dedicated head steward who was a "wonderful ambassador" for the Royal Norfolk Show for more than 40 years has died at the age of 71.

Dire weather has cost a Suffolk dairy farmer £60k - and he's just one casualty among many nationwide in what has been a tough year for the industry.

An inspirational Norfolk farmer who selflessly fought to smash the stigmas around mental health during his own battle with terminal cancer has won a national honour from his industry.

Fishing groups are leading an initiative to improve aquatic habitats in the Wensum by bringing together anyone with an interest in the river's future management.

A classic tractor road run around the Fakenham area culminated in a £250 cheque presentation to a lifesaving charity.

The national Pig Farmer of the Year trophy has been brought back to Norfolk for the second time in two years.

A major study showing 15pc of UK wildlife species are at risk of extinction should act as an urgent "wake-up call" to expand conservation efforts across East Anglia.

A vast tomato greenhouse covering an area larger than the O2 Arena will be built outside Norwich as part of a £120m project creating 360 new jobs in Norfolk and Suffolk.

The last remaining larger dairy operation in East Anglia is earmarked for closure, with the loss of 19 jobs.

Farming students hope to safeguard the future of one of Britain's oldest native sheep breeds by starting a flock of the rare animals at their college.

Norwich scientists have claimed a "critical" breakthrough in the battle against a disease which is devastating one of the world's most important food crops.

A "holy grail" for tractor collectors is expected to fetch up to £120,000 when it goes under the hammer at a major East Anglian vintage farm machinery auction.

Some of East Anglia's long-lost butterflies and moths are making a comeback after decades of regional extinction. But what has caused this sudden resurrection? CHRIS HILL reports.

The "most important tractor ever to come to auction in the UK" is expected to fetch up to £250,000 when it goes under the hammer in East Anglia next month, said auctioneers.

A rare moth that was thought to have been extinct in Britain for 50 years has been spotted again in East Anglia, conservationists have revealed.

A new mental health campaign being launched next weekend is part of the "lasting legacy" of openness and awareness created by a terminally-ill Norfolk farmer.

Primary school children followed a crop of potatoes from the farm field to the packing plant to learn lessons designed around the vital food production industry on their doorstep.

Hugely costly farm blazes raged across the eastern region in 2018 as the long, dry summer led to tinder-dry conditions, according to claims figures.

Tractors, pumpkins and farmyard animals will be on display at Norwich Cathedral during an annual celebration of the county's harvest.

A chartered surveyor who grew up on a Welsh sheep farm is set to become the new boss at the eastern regional offices of a landowners' lobby group.

An inspirational Norfolk farmer who raised more than £50,000 for a mental health charity while battling both terminal cancer and depression has died at the age of 46.

A Norfolk bull has become the county's first national Belted Galloway supreme champion - illustrating the growing reputation of this hardy Scottish breed in the East Anglian lowlands.

Pig farmers are "desperately concerned" the government is not working hard enough to prevent a catastrophic disease outbreak - after a minister said African Swine Fever is expected to reach our shores within a year.

An exhibition will be held in a Norfolk town to celebrate 75 years of farming in the region.

A prime-time TV audience of millions awaits for an unsung Norfolk hero and her heart-warming mini donkeys - which will feature in an advert break during Britain's Got Talent on Saturday.

Two head-turning hay bale sculptures have surprised motorists by appearing by the side of a busy road.

New contract prices for East Anglia's sugar beet crop could force some growers to question its economic viability on less-productive land, said farm advisors.

A Fenland farm machinery firm will hold a charity tractor run on Sunday in memory of a much-loved branch manager who died in a car accident earlier this year.

A farm conservation group which promotes the benefits of encouraging a threatened UK game bird says efforts by East Anglian farmers and landowners are having an impact on their numbers.

In a landmark year for Norfolk's Young Farmers' Clubs, the organisation's new county press officer LUKE WING says there has never been a better time to join the YFC.

A violent killer hornet which decapitates and eats its prey could "decimate" Norfolk's native honey bees if it was allowed to invade the county, beekeepers have warned.

Two brothers have landed the plum job of running the fruit orchard planted by their pioneering great-uncle - extending a family tradition stretching back 40 years.

Sugar makers are upbeat about his year's beet crop as harvest begins.

Farmers fear they could face restrictions on irrigating their crops next year as lack of rain puts East Anglia's supplies under pressure.

One of the nation's finest collections of vintage tractors has raised thousands of pounds from buyers across the world after going under the hammer in Norfolk.

A willow grower near Beccles said he was amazed by the turnout at an open day which attracted 1,500 visitors and raised more than £4,000 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

A Norfolk-based agricultural buying group has grown to its "strongest point yet" - allowing it to deliver £800,000 back to members in its largest-ever crop protection rebate.

Bigger hedgerows, precision delivery of fertilisers and improving animal health are among the ways the farming industry hopes to hit ambitious "net zero" greenhouse gas targets.

East Anglia's farming leaders have criticised a university's "overly-simplistic" approach to reducing its carbon footprint by taking red meat off the menu.

Volunteers who devoted almost 2,700 years of combined loyalty to the Royal Norfolk Show have been celebrated with the event's first long service awards for stewards.

New figures have revealed a decline in rural crime across Suffolk over the last three years.

A multi-million pound programme which equips financially-vulnerable family farms with free business skills training is coming to Norfolk for the first time.

A farmer taking part in trials to see how the plant matter which is left after crops have been through an anaerobic digestion (AD) process - combined with a cover crop - can help soils and yields says he feels "very encouraged" by the results so far.

A major investment in an anaerobic digestion (AD) plant on the Norfolk-Suffolk border signals the long-term viability of green gas, an expert said.

Eight jobs have been lost but a further 18 transferred after a farm and groundcare machinery dealer snapped up a Norwich and Ipswich-based garden equipment firm for an undisclosed sum.

An ambitious environmental project aiming to improve Norfolk's quality of life by mapping a wide range of "sustainability indicators" will be launched in Norwich next week.

Climate change is affecting more than a third of our breeding bird populations, according to new research - with more winners than losers emerging from the warmer winters.

A rare chance to tour one of East Anglia's more unusual farm crops will be on offer at a charity open day this weekend.

A killer fungus has been deployed as a biological weapon against alien invaders sweeping across the Norfolk Broads.

The Norfolk Ploughing Society (NPS) is gearing up for its 2019 competition season after a successful fundraising year in 2018.

A traditional blessing took place last weekend which attracts farmers and communities alike, each year, when the local vicar performs a service and blesses ploughs and tractors, symbols of the work of ploughing, sowing and reaping carried out by the farmers across the land.

The UK's first commercial crop of chickpeas has been harvested in Norfolk- helping to feed a growing demand for vegetarian and Asian cooking ingredients.

A public consultation is under way for the proposed merger between Easton and Otley College with City College Norwich and Suffolk New College.

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