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A raft of road and wind energy infrastructure projects is a major source of concern for Norfolk farmers and landowners says Tom Corfield, agricultural partner at Arnolds Keys - Irelands Agricultural.

An 800-strong workforce has moved into meat giant Cranswick's biggest factory project to date and production has begun.

Should our agricultural co-operatives be more co-operative? Norfolk farm contractor Kit Papworth, a former chairman of Anglia Farmers and a former member of Fram Farmers, says the time is right for the region's main purchasing groups to consider working more closely together.

The "amazing" ability of healthy soil to capture and store water should be nurtured for both its economic and environmental benefits, Norfolk farmers were told.

One of Norfolk's new MPs has made the critical farming issue of water availability one of his first parliamentary priorities.

People should cut the amount of beef, dairy and lamb they eat by a fifth to help cut the countryside's carbon emissions, said government climate advisers.

Huge swathes of the Broads, the Fens and even parts of Great Yarmouth and Norwich could be under water in 30 years unless drastic action is taken to halt global warming.

The Aylsham Show has presented 19 charities and good causes with a share of £12,500 raised by last summer's event - and revealed plans to improve this year's rural showcase.

Farmers should consider whether cutting their hedgerows annually is always the best way to manage this valuable environmental asset which harbours a huge range of wildlife, said farm advisers.

The clock is ticking for applications to a £35m grant pot which could help growing East Anglian farms and food businesses bridge a looming potential financial gap, said rural agents.

Plans for new poultry units to expand production at a farm that experienced an outbreak of avian flu have been given the go-ahead.

A north Norfolk farm business is ending its long tradition of growing potatoes - with the loss of 10 jobs - after being forced to refocus on the more profitable aspects of its operation.

As part of our regular series of profiles on the region's Young Farmers' Club (YFC) members, 19-year-old Emily Jeffries talks about her extensive training journey towards her ambition of becoming a specialist veterinary nurse.

Parasitic wasp larvae are among the natural predators which could help farmers kill a marauding crop pest in the absence of banned pesticides, said a leading scientist.

An upturn in fortunes has been predicted for the East of England's farmland market as a result of greater political certainty.

A festive farming spectacle which saw a cavalcade of 190 tractors rumbling through the Norfolk countryside has raised almost £5,000 for charity.

A Norwich plant scientist has won an international honour for her ground-breaking contributions to world agriculture.

New safeguards for food security and soil health have been added to an updated Agriculture Bill which ministers claim will "transform" farming and the environment after Brexit.

As part of our regular series of profiles on the region's Young Farmers' Club (YFC) members, Norfolk county chairman WILL DE FEYTER explains how pigs have become a valuable and award-winning addition to his evolving farm business.

Cattle farmers should build better relationships with their customers in order to stave off a barrage of negativity in the media - according to a Norfolk beef producer with a parallel career as a textile designer and countryside blogger.

The new landowners' leader for the East of England believes the untapped potential of the rural economy is a "huge opportunity" for the UK as we move into a new era.

Farmers and land managers can help set the market value of carbon capture in a "reverse auction" of government incentives to encourage the planting of more trees.

A restriction zone around a commercial chicken farm in Mid Suffolk has been lifted after officials deemed it disease-free.

Environment secretary Theresa Villiers has sought to reassure farmers that high food standards will be protected as the nation seeks international trade deals after Brexit.

Under-pressure farmers need fair rewards for the risks they take to grow beet for the region's sugar factories, says Norfolk's new representative of this staple farming sector.

Against a new political backdrop, 2020 will be a year when it is vital for the region's farmers to make their voices heard says Rachel Carrington, East Anglia regional director of the National Farmers' Union (NFU).

Red meat sales reportedly plunged last year as hundreds of thousands of people responded to vegan campaigns - but Norfolk livestock farmers remain confident in the demand for their produce as "Veganuary" returns.

Farming groups have welcomed a government funding pledge of almost £3bn which will keep subsidy support at the same level in 2020 as Britain leaves the EU.

Stopping cheap food imports like chlorinated chicken and hormone-fed beef flooding onto UK supermarket shelves after Brexit is the top priority for farming leaders in 2020.

Oilseed rape growers in East Anglia have been urged to join this winter's research efforts to find non-chemical ways to control a destructive crop pest.

Farmers have been offered a chance to fine-tune their strategies for the New Year at a series of knowledge-sharing seminars.

An award-winning organisation which promotes technological advancement in farming will change its name in the New Year to reflect its growing national influence.

Rural campaigners have urged householders to dump their Christmas rubbish responsibly so it doesn't become a blight on the countryside.

A troubled rural college hailed "a new era for land-based education in Norfolk and Suffolk" after confirming a merger which aims to revive failing standards after two inadequate Ofsted ratings.

A farm adviser who shattered his skull, thigh and wrist after plunging 30ft onto the concrete floor of a potato store has described his agonising crawl for help after failing to get a mobile phone signal.

A specialist meat firm is gearing up for a "very strong" festive season following major investment in its north Suffolk factory.

Mounting concerns over the climate and biodiversity crises can be used to amplify the farming industry's pleas to be liberated from "overly cautious" regulation, Norfolk farmers were told.

The enthusiasm of the farmers of the future - including a champion handler aged just five - was celebrated by Norwich's civic leaders as they joined an annual tradition at the city's livestock market.

Farming leaders have welcomed the government's improved performance in delivering subsidy payments to farmers on time - but said more progress is still needed on agri-environment claims.

Woodland planting and "carbon trading" schemes are becoming an increasingly valuable aspect of landscape management, says SIMON EVANS agricultural partner at Arnolds Keys - Irelands Agricultural.

Investigations are continuing into the source of an outbreak of bird flu on a commercial chicken farm in Mid Suffolk where thousands of birds are being culled.

Villagers have described facing "horrific" scenes of dead and malnourished sheep on a patch of barren land linked to a young farmer who has been banned from keeping livestock for the next three years.

The chance to bag a prize-winning fresh bird for the Christmas dinner table is set to bring hundreds of bidders to traditional festive poultry auctions across Norfolk.

A chair of governors has hit out at the "heavy hand" of regulators as his college sought to recover from the blow of two successive failed Ofsted inspections.

With farmland expensive and in short supply close to home, East Anglian farmers are being encouraged to explore investment opportunities further afield in Romania.

A year of centenary celebrations for the Norfolk branch of the National Farmers' Union (NFU) ended with a festive soiree in the west of the county.

Farming leaders said Boris Johnson's general election win could relieve the "political paralysis" over Brexit - but urgent questions remain over how the prime minister will protect East Anglia's vital food industry.

The return of bird flu to East Anglia should act as a "wake-up call" for the region's poultry farmers to step up their efforts to prevent another devastating outbreak.

A house that was one the home of a Victorian farm bailiff is being put up for sale - having retained many of the extra features appropriate to a man of his stature.

Pedigree cattle breeder, Royal Norfolk Show head steward and progressive arable farmer Russell Steggles has died aged 95.

Hallowed halls were decked with all the festive trimmings as a celebration of homegrown Christmas food, drink and crafts brought thousands to Norwich Cathedral.

There may be many uncertainties, but Bruce Masson, Partner at MHA Larking Gowen, is optimistic about the future of the farming industry.

A mobile app which harnesses drone technology to save farmers the time-consuming job of crop-walking has been demonstrated in Norfolk ahead of its commercial launch.

As part of our regular series of profiles on the region's Young Farmers' Club members, KIMBERLEY JOHNSTONE, 21, talks about the livestock passions that led to the creation of her pedigree sheep flock.

A festive celebration of homegrown food, drink and crafts has grown into a two-day festival as the Norfolk Christmas Fayre returns to Norwich Cathedral today.

A pioneering experiment using heated field plots to test how crops respond to temperature has revealed an unexpected upside of climate change for farmers.

A Norwich-based crop researcher said he was impressed by the global enthusiasm for more sustainable farming after representing the UK at a youth agriculture summit in Brazil.

A genetically-modified (GM) wheat plant whose grain makes flour with extra iron to help anaemia sufferers has shown promising results in its first season of field trials in Norwich.

This week's BBC documentary exploring the impact of global meat production on greenhouse gas emissions and the environment could be used as a platform to promote the benefits of pasture-fed UK meat says GEORGE DUNN, chief executive of the Tenant Farmers Association.

The Yuletide season is upon us, and Norfolk's finest free-range turkeys will begin leaving the fields this weekend to meet their festive destiny.

After a year of dedicated fundraising, Loddon Young Farmers' Club (YFC) has presented a £500 charity cheque to the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA).

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