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The farming sector cannot expect funding for environmental change unless it can prove public money is being well spent says SIMON EVANS, agricultural partner at Arnolds Keys - Irelands Agricultural.

The global challenges of East Anglia’s sugar industry, the sustainability of its livestock sector and the future of its wild landscapes will be discussed in a series of virtual farmers’ meetings.

Poultry farmers are being urged to be on the alert as experts warn the risk of a bird flu outbreak has increased.

Under-pressure farmers face a “perfect storm” of challenges from Brexit, climate change and coronavirus – so they urgently need clarity on government policy and the confidence to invest in their future.

Farmers have been urged to guard against arsonists, electrical faults and other ignition risks after figures revealed farm fires cost the East of England £7m last year.

East Anglian farming leaders have echoed renewed demands from the House of Lords for the government to create new legal safeguards against substandard food imports.

Residents on the Norfolk/Cambridgeshire border must pay £650 a year (plus VAT) if they want to continue to use an iron bridge.

A bumper pumpkin crop has sparked a surge of visitors to a Norwich farm shop as families seek some autumnal fun to brighten the gloom of a crisis-hit year.

A farmer’s son from Dereham is in the running to become “Britain’s Fittest Farmer” after reaching the final of a national competition.

A Norfolk agricultural contractor said he is “honoured” to take over the haulage firm established by his late friend and role model, who helped him start his career.

More Norfolk farmers are being urged to join an “inspirational” school allotments project which is helping connect a new generation with food and nature.

A bid to enshrine food safety into law and require imported food to meet domestic legal standards was defeated this week with the help of all Suffolk and north Essex MPs - except one.

Sales of publicly-marketed farmland have plummeted to an all-time low across Suffolk, Essex and Norfolk as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Poultry farmers and backyard hen-keepers have been warned that bird flu could return to East Anglia this winter – carried by wild birds migrating from outbreak hotspots in Russia and Kazakhstan.

Controversial cockerels that face eviction from a town allotment have been given another year before they have to leave.

The “extensive role” of farmers in maintaining and improving treasured landscapes has been outlined in an industry report – which also calls for “fair reward” from the government.

Farming leaders in East Anglia have criticised a “disappointing decision” by MPs who voted against new legal safeguards aimed at protecting food growers from “a flood of cheap imports”.

A bid to create new legal safeguards against cheap low-quality food imports within the government’s flagship Agriculture Bill has been defeated in the House of Commons.

There has been a renewed surge of interest in large and lucrative solar energy projects in East Anglia – but landowners should be wary of the potential pitfalls says JAMIE SEAMAN, a land agent in the Norwich office of Brown and Co.

Farming and countryside groups have joined forces to produce a detailed “roadmap” for future environmental payments – in the hope it can fill the gaps in the government’s post-Brexit policy plans.

The story of a dedicated Norfolk politician, unionist and “champion of the farmworkers” has been told in a new biography, written by his grandson.

Ahead of next week’s crucial Commons debate on the future of agricultural policy, award-winning Norfolk farm conservationist JAKE FIENNES, from the Holkham Estate, explains why he is urging everyone to contact their MP to ensure East Anglian farmers are protected in post-Brexit trade negotiations.

UK wheat production slumped by 38pc to 10.1m tonnes after a year of extreme weather took its toll on the 2020 harvest, according to official estimates.

A Suffolk farmer is at the forefront of a promotional campaign by fast food giant McDonald’s highlighting its commitment to UK produce.

Government proposals to allow in tariff-free imports of raw cane sugar from around the world has come under fire from angry East Anglian sugar beet farmers.

A landowners’ leader has given birth to a baby girl.

Farmers are being encouraged to apply for a share of £25m in government grants to invest in productivity-boosting new equipment.

Norwich scientists are getting a £5.1m tech upgrade to boost their “world-class” experiments to make food crops more resilient to diseases and climate change.

A proposal to lower the slaughter age for beef cattle in order to reduce their carbon footprint has divided opinions in the livestock industry – and drawn criticism from Norfolk farmers.

Two influential stalwarts of Norfolk’s farming community have been honoured for their valuable contributions to agriculture and the countryside.

An exceptionally wet start to the autumn has bogged down farming operations across Norfolk – and prompted concerns over potato crops in sodden fields.

A “virtual” ploughing match has been organised so farm machinery enthusiasts can demonstrate their skills during the coronavirus pandemic.

Two halves of an important wildlife site – divided by a river in the Wensum valley – will be reunited after a land purchase aiming to preserve some of Norfolk’s finest wet grasslands.

It’s faced a muddy two-month weather delay and a potential minefield around the coronavirus crisis – but a giant tomato glasshouse project looks set to come in ahead of schedule in December 2020 or early January.

Organisers of the Suffolk Show have decided to cancel next year’s event after deeming it not possible to hold “safely and with confidence”.

Two brothers have combined their contrasting career skills to launch a mobile grain trading app which could help Norfolk farmers get better prices for their crops.

Wildlife conservation charities have launched a £30m public appeal aiming to spark nature recovery across 30pc of the country’s land and sea by 2030.

Pollution levels in some of Norfolk’s most treasured rivers and broads have been revealed in a stark new report – prompting urgent calls for water companies and farmers to stop the leakage of sewage and chemicals.

A huge tomato greenhouse is nearing completion outside Norwich – part of a £120m project using more glass than The Shard skyscraper in London.

Farming leaders in East Anglia have welcomed a vote by the House of Lords aiming to increase parliamentary scrutiny of how post-Brexit trade deals will affect UK food producers.

The charity behind the Royal Norfolk Show faces a “long and hard road to recovery” after the economic damage of the coronavirus lockdown, its members were told.

A familiar face is returning to lead the organisation behind the Royal Norfolk Show – and he said he will be looking to find new revenue streams during challenging times for the farming charity.

Norfolk’s turkey farmers expect fewer large birds to be sold this Christmas as traditional family feasts are curtailed by the continuing coronavirus restrictions.

East Anglia’s oilseed rape growers are being warned of a significant leap in pest activity which could damage emerging crops.

Conservationists and farmers in East Anglia fear possible “downgrades” to the government’s flagship environmental payments scheme could be “catastrophic for nature”.

East Anglia’s sugar beet growers have been urged to respond to a government consultation on import tariffs and email their MP to “safeguard the homegrown sugar industry” from foreign competition.

A new “wild belt” designation is needed to protect land from development if it has the potential to restore nature or link up existing wildlife sites, said Norfolk conservationists.

East Anglia’s farmers have been urged to grasp the chance to “make a huge positive impact on the public” – by going live across social media this weekend on Online Farm Sunday.

Dairy farmers are calling for fairer milk contracts in order to sustain the future of their industry and foster a more even relationship with major buyers and processors.

A spectacular tractor tribute to “true farming gentleman” Greg Anderson took place along the back-roads of east Norfolk – raising more than £6,000 for a mental health charity.

Norfolk beekeepers have reported an outbreak of two highly-contagious honey bee diseases in the Fakenham and Wells area – both capable of wiping out entire colonies.

As a new term begins, Norfolk’s rural skills college is recruiting again – but this time it is looking for horses rather than students.

A “regenerative agriculture” revolution is paying dividends at a Norfolk dairy farm whose transformation has benefited the environment, animal health and produce quality – without compromising profitability.

Farmers are being warned to take extra steps to safeguard expensive GPS systems on tractors and combine harvesters as the Norfolk countryside continues to be targeted by criminal gangs.

For the first time in four years, Stalham Farmers’ Club has won Norfolk’s inter-club malting barley competition against their local rivals from Holt.

Farming leaders are calling for parliament to be given the final say on new trade deals which could have a “crucial” impact on East Anglian agriculture.

A major farm machinery show, expected to draw up to 4,000 people to a west Norfolk field next week, has been cancelled following the tightening of government restrictions on social gatherings.

On the fifth annual Back British Farming Day, north Norfolk cattle farmer JAMES RUNCIMAN explains why he is proud of the industry which feeds our nation – and why he fears it could be undermined by post-Brexit trade deals.

A campaign to fund a legal battle against plans for an indoor pig farm has raised almost £5,000.

Farming and countryside groups said “archaic” laws must be urgently updated to help police tackle rural crimes such as hare coursing.

Trade deals being finalised in the run-up to Brexit will not see UK farmers undermined by cheap food imports.

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