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A ‘no-deal’ Brexit will cause a huge headache for UK organic growers as their crop values plummet, an organic farmers’ leader based at Bury St Edmunds has warned.

A training course to sharpen the communication skills of East Anglian farming professionals has celebrated its 10th anniversary – and the “meaningful legacy” of the man it was named after.

The farmers of the future were given valuable insights into tractor-driving and cattle-handling skills as part of an industry training programme.

A project promoting “water sensitive farming” in Norfolk has secured an extra £500,000 to continue its work – helped by cash from global food and drink brands.

Last month was the sunniest February on record for our region, with almost no rain after the first ten days, according to Norfolk weather analysts.

A “motorway for bees” is being planned along a South Norfolk river valley in a bid to reconnect vital habitats for threatened pollinators.

An animal feed firm which has its UK headquarters in Suffolk expects UK pig farmers to expand their herds ‘in due course’ once the uncertainties about Brexit disappear.

East Anglia’s agri-tech innovators have a chance to showcase their products in Canada as part of a new trans-Atlantic trade partnership.

It was built to defend Norfolk from the Nazis – but now this rare gun battery is under attack from the county council’s development plans, according to heritage campaigners.

An “incredibly rare” Essex-made tractor built in the 1960s and bought by a notable farmer-inventor is up for auction.

Norfolk farming leaders are “appalled” that the government has only published its import tariff schedule for a no-deal Brexit scenario just 16 days before it could potentially come into effect.

The plight of bees and other pollinators – and how people can help protect them – will be discussed in Norfolk this week by a major insect conversation charity.

A mini-wilderness full of botanical rarities has become Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s newest nature reserve, after a parish council gifted the land to ensure its long-term protection.

East Anglian pig farmers are facing a tough time, with some choosing to exit the industry as incomes plummet.

Some of the most influential figures in East Anglian agriculture have been recognised with industry accolades at a ceremony in the House of Lords.

A new pilot seasonal workers scheme has been welcomed by farmers – but concerns remain that businesses are in jeopardy if the critical supply of European labour fails after Brexit.

A “big data” harvesting tool has been developed at the Norwich Research Park which can unlock insights from the vast cloud of information being gathered from smart farming technology.

Norfolk Young Farmers enjoyed successes against their club rivals in a day of sports and competitions at Easton and Otley College.

Top potato researchers from around the world will gather in Norwich next week to discuss the challenges in a “big year for the potato industry”.

An army of ‘robots’ has suddenly appeared in a Norfolk field leaving confused locals preparing for an invasion.

The value of benchmarking, cover crops and reduced cultivation were among the key lessons learned during a three-year knowledge-sharing project at a Norfolk farm.

The appointment of a farmer as the new agriculture minister has been welcomed by rural business leaders in East Anglia.

Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman has scotched speculation linking him with the vacant farming minister’s job.

A spring wildlife survey has been launched to reveal the secret lives of Norfolk’s native reptiles – but how well do you know our adders, grass snakes and common lizards?

Wild bison could soon be reintroduced to East Anglia under an ambitious “re-wilding” project which aims to recreate natural ecosystems at Fritton Lake, within the Somerleyton Estate.

A Suffolk farming family has scooped a top national accolade at a rural awards event.

Norfolk’s farming leader said he is “disappointed” at the resignation of agriculture minister George Eustice, who left citing fears that a delayed Brexit could bring about “the final humiliation of our country”.

It probably features more fluffy farm animals than fire-breathing dragons – but that’s not stopped this Norfolk lambing weekend drawing inspiration from Game of Thrones.

A dry start to the year has deepened concerns over East Anglian farmers’ ability to irrigate their crops this summer.

A delegation of senior Norfolk farmers travelled to London to raise important industry issues with politicians – including seven of their county’s MPs.

A Norfolk farmer who has seen lambs “torn apart” and chased into canals to drown says dog owners must take more responsibility for preventing horrifying attacks on livestock.

Farm animals worth more than £190,000 have been savaged by dogs in the East of England during the past four years – prompting a new campaign for pets to be kept under control.

A Norfolk-bred bullock has claimed the supreme champion title at a national showcase of young animals with “show potential”.

The government’s plan to “de-link” direct payment subsidies from farmland after Brexit has raised many questions, says SIMON EVANS, agricultural partner at Arnolds Keys.

Worried East Anglian farmers say they have been left in limbo after the industry sought to nail the government down at a key annual conference on what kind of future the sector faces as Brexit looms.

A Norfolk farming family has ditched its traditional crop rotation to grow maize for energy instead – part of a future-proofing partnership to reduce business risk amid uncertain times.

More than 40pc of farm fields don’t have enough earthworms because of “widespread, historical over-cultivation”, according to a citizen science survey.

From agribots and driverless tractors to nanosensors and virtual livestock fences, here are six hi-tech innovations predicted to revolutionise farming in the next 20 years.

The new figurehead for Norfolk farming has urged food producers to find their voice and champion their industry – and for the public to “go out and appreciate the farmed environment”.

Farming students hope to prove the old adage of “where there’s muck, there’s brass” – by raising charity cash with a 24-hour muck-spreading marathon.

A free seminar is being organised to help East Anglia’s rural businesses prepare for the introduction of a new system for submitting tax returns online.

Farmers in the East of England have been warned to dedicate time and resources to meeting health and safety standards – or risk severe penalties from government inspectors.

Norfolk farm businesses would be “destroyed” by the potential loss of 21 water abstraction licences in the Broads, a government minister has been warned.

Imported food must be held to Britain’s high standards to avoid cheap produce like chlorine-washed chicken and hormone-fed beef flooding our markets after Brexit.

A Norfolk pig farm has halved its water use by developing a containerised drinking system which is now attracting interest from across the world.

The government’s flagship agri-environment scheme has opened for 2019 applications – offering payments which could help farmers bridge a looming “funding gap”.

There has been a marked loss in oilseed rape crop (OSR) planted areas in the UK, including in East Anglia, a survey suggests.

An increasing volume of non-farmers are snapping up farmland, a survey suggests.

Norfolk saw some overnight frosts and blustery winds during a dry January which saw around half the expected rainfall, says Weatherquest forecaster ADAM DURY.

A man who died after in a silo incident in Hestley Green has been named locally as farmer John Edwards.

Farmers could be eligible for a one-off windfall of £750 per hectare if they choose to take their subsidy payment as a lump sum for capital investment or retirement planning.

Researchers in Norwich have uncovered new evidence about crop development which could help farmers deal with financially-damaging weather fluctuations.

The perils of working in one of the UK’s most dangerous and isolating careers were brought home to students during a training session aimed at reducing farming fatalities.

A brewery is set to unveil a brand new look and a host of new beers at the UK’s biggest craft beer event.

A positive attitude to change is one of the most critical factors governing farming success after Brexit, according to an award-winning consultant.

A Suffolk farmer is set to appear before magistrates in Kings Lynn on February 20 to face eight charges related to the disposal of waste.

Norfolk landowners must accept they are in a “David versus Goliath” battle when negotiating with wind farm developers who want to dig cables across their property.

The country’s first crop-spraying drone has been put to the test in a Norfolk wheat field – offering a tantalising glimpse into farming’s hi-tech future.

A vegan farmer was so guilt-ridden over sending his cows to the abattoir he instead packed them off to a Norfolk animal sanctuary to end their days peacefully.

Farmers on the far side of the world can teach their East Anglian counterparts valuable lessons about efficiency, said an agri-business consultant after a fact-finding trip to Australia.

An unsung hero who has worked tirelessly on behalf of Norfolk farmers said he was “humbled” to win regional recognition which could lead to a national award.

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