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A major East Anglian farming estate has completed its wheat and barley harvest ahead of schedule – but the same conditions which helped speed the combining were also responsible for a disappointing grain haul.

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse volunteer Sarah Darnell shares her secrets about capturing farm life on camera.

A “visionary” innovation centre aiming to kick-start the growth of fledgling food and drink firms will be built outside Norwich after securing a £2.7m government grant.

Sophisticated organised crime gangs are targeting Norfolk farms to steal valuable satellite guidance systems – potentially putting harvests at risk as machinery becomes increasingly reliant on technology.

Norfolk police have urged farmers to report all rural crimes – however minor – after it was suggested that a drop in crime-related insurance figures could mask a myriad of small unreported incidents.

With the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) East regional office closed until the end of September, Gary Ford’s first few weeks in post are going to be unusual, to say the least.

A long-serving director of a Norfolk farm machinery firm has celebrated a milestone with his colleagues after dedicating 40 years to the company.

A north Norfolk farm is preparing to convert up to 80pc of its arable land into environmental features as part of a radical “regenerative” transformation to boost its business resilience.

At the start of this year, Easton College was merged with City College Norwich (CCN) in a bid to revive rural education standards after two inadequate Ofsted ratings. Six months on, CCN principal CORRIENNE PEASGOOD says progress is already being made despite the challenges of Covid-19.

The announcement of a public consultation on the post-Brexit regulation of precision plant breeding techniques including gene editing has been welcomed as a “positive step” for farmers.

A quarter of Britain’s native mammal species are at risk of extinction according to a shocking conservation report – including some of Norfolk’s most treasured wildlife such as water voles, harvest mice and hedgehogs.

Localised micro-climates have created winners and losers among Norfolk’s barley growers – with farmers in Broadland gathering the best crops so far during a “disappointing” 2020 harvest, said grain traders.

Norfolk MP and international trade minister Liz Truss will formally launch a new Trade and Agriculture Commission today which she says will ensure farming and consumer interests are “advanced and protected”.

Farmers have been told they no longer need to comply with “greening” rules for EU subsidies from next year, allowing them to focus on the transition to Britain’s post-Brexit environmental payment scheme.

Mysterious circular outlines have emerged in a Norfolk wheat field – leaving the landowner baffled over their potentially-ancient origins.

Google ‘farmer purple flowers’ and you’ll be greeted with glorious images of a north Essex farmer amid a stunning array of his flowering echium crop.

They tend not to travel great distances from the place they were hatched, but five little wren chicks survived a precarious 60-mile round trip before they had even fledged.

Despite the economic turmoil brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, good quality agricultural land remains a sought-after commodity says Simon Evans, agricultural partner at Arnolds Keys - Irelands Agricultural.

Farming leaders have been “barking up the wrong tree” by raising fears about imports of chlorinated chicken and hormone-injected beef to make their point in trade debates, said a Norfolk MP.

The regional boss at Country Land and Business Association (CLA) East is about to have her first baby.

An acre of former farmland has come alive with an amazing array of wildlife after a Norfolk couple spent more than ten years rewilding it into “a little oasis in a sea of intensive agriculture”.

Two enormous tomato greenhouses are approaching completion on the fringe of Norwich – part of a £120m ambition to make East Anglia a national hotspot for low-carbon food production.

East Anglian farmers over the age of 55 are being asked to join a government-backed pilot project to assess how prepared their businesses are for the major changes being brought about by Brexit.

A “ground-breaking” cattle vaccination field trial has been given the go-ahead as part of a strategy to phase out the culling of badgers to tackle bovine tuberculosis (TB).

A care farm team with plans to create a new kitchen extension has taken part in a challenge to raise funds for it.

A jeep once owned by victorious Second World War general and US president Dwight D Eisenhower was left unsold at an East Anglian auction after bids failed to reach the £120,000 reserve price.

More than 300,000 acres of land could be “rewilded” in the next three years under a new project to tackle the nature and climate crisis, said campaigners.

Three decades ago, the red kite was extinct in England – but this majestic bird has made a “triumphant comeback” to Norfolk’s skies thanks to a radical reintroduction scheme.

Deaths from farming accidents have fallen to a five-year low, according to new figures – but safety campaigners warned there is still a long way to go to improve the industry’s woeful record.

Creeping urbanisation has led to the loss of vast swathes of farmland – with East Anglia faring worst, a study suggests.

A farm attraction is expecting to take a 50% hit to its turnover as it gradually reopens following lockdown.

Norfolk fruit farmers are harvesting the first crop of Ribena berries bred to cope with the impact of climate change – the culmination of more than 20 years of research.

Combines are at the ready across East Anglia for what at one stage was shaping up to be a disastrous harvest.

An outgoing regional farmers’ leader admitted that she personally “struggled to see the benefits of Brexit” as she prepares to move to France.

Farmers in the Wensum Valley are funding their own water testing project to create a clearer picture of the causes of pollution in the protected river – and to find ways to prevent it.

Farmers must collaborate more with retail, distribution and data specialists if they want to keep the customers they won during the coronavirus lockdown, said a Norfolk supply chain expert.

Farmers have been urged to follow “Safe Stop” procedures to prevent machinery accidents during the busy harvest season – with one East Anglian firm finding an inventive solution to a common obstacle.

A decision on a controversial chicken farm which would house thousands of birds has been delayed after the case was put to central government.

A jeep given to General Eisenhower after he masterminded Allied victory in the Second World War – and driven during his term as US president – is for sale at an East Anglian auction.

Better management of road verges could boost important wildlife such as pollinating insects, according to new research involving the University of East Anglia.

A Norfolk farm with a seven bedroom house owned by the same family since the 1930s is for sale.

Vertical farms with soil-free, computer-controlled environments may sound like science-fiction – but researchers say they could become a vital source of food on our changing planet, or even beyond.

Fears have been raised and dozens of objections put in against plans for a pig farm in a Norfolk village.

As part of a weekly series, Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse curator Megan Dennis talks flourishing flowers and clever pigs

Nature lovers across East Anglia have been urged to share the “unknown, unsung and unfunded” wildlife projects in their gardens, communities and landscapes to give social media momentum to a new conservation movement.

Agri-tech solutions to East Anglia’s key farming challenges have been demonstrated and debated at a virtual event which was moved online following the cancellation of the Royal Norfolk Show.

Farm fatality figures have dropped to their lowest on record – but industry leaders said much more needs to be done to improve agriculture’s poor accident record.

An East Anglian dairy farmer has cut his electricity bills by £2,000 a year – by harnessing the power of his cows’ manure to heat water supplies.

The loss of this week’s Royal Norfolk Show left a huge void in the farming calendar – but the thrill of winning its coveted competition rosettes was kept alive at a virtual livestock show.

The new regional representative for East Anglia’s farmers says the need for a strong agricultural voice has never been greater as the industry faces an unprecedented series of challenges.

The excitement of the Royal Norfolk Show has been denied to us during the lockdown – so here are some reminders of extraordinary Grand Ring highlights throughout the decades, ranging from acrobatic cows jumping through flaming hoops, to dazzling displays of horsemanship and motorcycle mastery.

While we’re all missing this year’s cancelled Royal Norfolk Show, we asked past presidents from the last 10 years – ranging from royalty and TV celebrities to business and church leaders – to tell us their most cherished memories from their time at the county’s much-loved summer showcase.

On what should have been the opening day of the 158th Royal Norfolk Show, organisers have pledged that the colourful summer spectacle will return in 2021 – although perhaps not quite as we know it.

East Anglia’s sugar beet growers are set to benefit from a market-linked bonus later this year, after EU sugar prices hit the required trigger point for the first time.

A lull in the property market during the coronavirus pandemic has created pent-up demand for farmland – with the lockdown prompting some potential buyers to “pursue a change in lifestyle and escape to the countryside”.

In the latest article of a weekly series, EMILY PARKER from Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse reflects on this history of working the land at the site.

East Anglia’s farming leaders have welcomed a government pledge to create a trade and agriculture commission as a “major step forward” in the campaign to protect the industry from cheap, low-quality food imports.

An award-winning Norfolk farm aims to prove that organic environmental credentials should not come at the expense of commercial productivity – the two can go hand in hand.

While many farming businesses are seeking new income streams, they must consider how diversification could affect their inheritance tax liability says CHARLOTTE WEBSTER, senior rural surveyor at Arnolds Keys – Irelands Agricultural.

Two free webinars are being organised to help East Anglia’s farming and rural businesses adapt to change during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond.

Farmers have been urged to make their voices heard in a long-awaited government consultation seeking to end “unfair practices” in the UK’s dairy sector.

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