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Planting trees has been identified as one of the simplest ways to capture carbon and slow climate change - so why are East Anglian farmers and landowners not doing more of it? CHRIS HILL reports.

A pig farm with 70 years of history in a Norfolk village is planning to move 700m to modernise its facilities further away from houses as the community expands.

A village's vintage farming day returns next month, offering visitors a chance to explore what it was like to work the land in times gone by.

Opening up Britain to US food imports under a 'no-deal' Brexit could have "serious" consequences for East Anglia's hugely important poultry sector, farmers' leaders have warned.

East Anglian farmers hailing a bumper wheat harvest may have their celebrations cut short - if they are hit by a hard Brexit.

More than half of UK farms could go out of business as a result of a "disastrous" no-deal Brexit, according to farmers campaigning for a second EU referendum.

Cauliflowers are in short supply on supermarket shelves after "unprecedented" extreme weather conditions wiped out crops and forced up prices.

A major proposed expansion to a pig unit in the Brecks has been approved by district planners.

Fresh fears about the expansion of intensive poultry farming have been raised after further proposals were announced for huge chicken barns housing hundreds of thousands of birds.

A Green Party MEP has called for an end to intensive chicken and pig farming in the East of England - and more funding to help small farms compete with "intensive mega-agriculture".

Beef farmers have leapt to the defence of their "proper sustainable Norfolk supply chain" following debates on the impact of global meat production on climate change.

Norfolk farmers are being urged to cash in on rocketing global demand for soya beans, driven by China's growing appetite for meat. CHRIS HILL reports.

A Norfolk farmer has sown a spectacular sea of sunflowers - by mistake.

East Anglian farmers are "acutely aware" of the climate change challenge and committed to tackling it, a farmers' leader said as a new report warned of the dire effects land use was having on temperature rises.

Norwich scientists have made a leap forward in answering an unlikely question with critical importance for our countryside... what are bees' favourite flowers?

The 13th annual country show entertained crowds over the weekend.

"Under siege" Norfolk farmers are digging ditches and building earth mounds around their land to keep out criminals as the cost of rural crime has doubled in just a year.

A beehive with a colony of bees, 2,500 one day old pheasant chicks, 60 canaries and a pet tortoise of 27 years.

Two Norfolk farming couples have teamed up to launch a beef box venture aimed at future-proofing their businesses by satisfying demand for home-grown, high-welfare meat.

A charitable showcase of vintage machines, farming heritage and family entertainment will draw crowds to a Norfolk village next weekend.

The newly-formed eastern regional group of the Belted Galloway Cattle Society will hold its first herd visit this summer at the Holkham Estate.

These monster machines are a common sight across Norfolk fields in the summer time - but what is it like behind the wheel of the latest satellite-guided high-tech combine harvester? CHRIS HILL reports.

Tourists are being warned about the dangers a foreign pork pie or ham sandwich could do to our pig industry as part of a new campaign to keep a devastating animal disease outside the UK's borders.

Economic uncertainty has driven a decline in the amount of farmland being offered for sale, said rural agents.

East Anglian farming leaders have demanded more than just "positive words" from Boris Johnson after he vowed to back Britain's "great farmers" after Brexit.

From crop development to agri-tech engineering, Norfolk's modern farming industry has always had an enviable reputation for innovation, writes EDP agricultural editor CHRIS HILL.

Norfolk farmers are set to save Christmas after a heatwave in Europe left the supply of turkeys into the UK under threat.

Specialist malting barley varieties are proving their worth in the 2019 East Anglian harvest, with growers and merchants reporting some good yields and strong premiums.

The change of prime minister has left farming's future looking murkier than ever, says CHARLOTTE WEBSTER, senior rural surveyor at Arnolds Keys-Irelands Agricultural.

As part of our regular series of profiles on the region's Young Farmers' Club members, 20-year-old JAMES SAUNDERS explains how he balances farm work and education.

Norfolk's crop scientists are cautiously optimistic of a long-awaited rule change after the new prime minister appeared to pave the way for GM (genetically modified) crops on the steps of Downing Street.

A free-range Norfolk poultry producer is enjoying a double celebration after collecting two major industry awards within a month.

Norfolk farming leaders voiced "disappointment" at a ministerial change during a critical time for their industry, following the appointment of the sixth environment secretary since 2010.

Norwich scientists have added their voice to calls for an urgent rethink of European legislation restricting the use of genome editing technologies which they say could rapidly improve food crops.

A north Norfolk farmer is inviting visitors to see a fast-growing energy crop which he says has boosted his soil health while diversifying his income.

Farmers flouting water abstraction laws in the Fens during the hot weather will be targeted by drones for the first time this summer.

Farmers have set out five key policy priorities for new prime minister Boris Johnson - with industry leaders in East Anglia urging him to avoid the potential damage of a no-deal Brexit.

A dairy farmer who set up a cheese venture when his business was in the doldrums says the move had opened up a 'world of possibilities'.

The East Anglian countryside will provide a poignant palette for an artist's bid to complete 100 illustrations in 100 days to help a farming mental health charity.

A growing community farming project will celebrate the first full season at its new home by holding a public open day on Saturday.

A family butcher who launched his own rare breed beef herd to complete his 'field to fork' story, then added a farm shop, says the popularity of his meat has risen with public demand for local provenance.

Suffolk and Norfolk's top farmers believe the sector can deliver on a demanding sustainable agenda - as long as the industry gets the right support.

More than 500 East Anglian sugar beet growers were given tips on how to improve their crops at a two-day specialist crop event held partly on the Suffolk/Norfolk border

Norfolk is known for its green spaces and wildlife havens - and the people who give up their time to care for these special places have been honoured at an annual ceremony.

Young farmers' clubs from across the county battled for trophies at the 2019 Norfolk YFC Rally - the biggest competition day in the club calendar.

Champion Norfolk potato grower Thomas Love is dipping a toe into organic production.

A farm near North Walsham is being sold for the first time since 1823 - ending almost 200 years of a Norfolk family's farming tradition.

Farmers Chris and Judith Mobbs still grow and mill their own feed for their free-range Christmas turkey flock - and think they might be the last growers left that still do.

East Anglian farmers are faced with a prolonged period of political and economic uncertainty, but that shouldn't stop them from unlocking the full potential of their farms, experts say.

UK agriculture can deliver on providing sustainable foods with the right investment, East Anglian farmers' leaders believe after a new report called for a radical shift in food and farm practices.

East Anglian farmers have revealed their accident horror stories in a bid to help improve safety and prevent avoidable deaths.

The chair of one of the most powerful environmental bodies in the UK visited Suffolk to find out how one farming family is reversing worrying trends in wildlife losses - while running a highly commercial growing operation.

A popular summer show will return next month, marking its 13th year.

A farmer based on the border between Norfolk and Suffolk is encouraging other growers to talk to each other and challenge his farm practices as part of a nationwide bid to help build strong, sustainable arable businesses.

Many farmers are still unaware of rules which came into force in April 2018 around protecting water - with East Anglia's large outdoor pig sector particularly vulnerable, the region's new Environment Agency boss has warned.

The much-loved, north Norfolk event Holkham Country Fair has teamed up with Norfolk Restaurant Week to bring a line-up of cookery demonstrations from local chefs.

Villages are uniting against an onslaught of new intensive poultry farms which are set to produce more than a million chickens every week.

A new £74m hi-tech chicken processing factory - set to employ up to 900 staff - is taking shape in north Suffolk in response to growing demand for British meat.

Plans to increase the size of a mushroom farm in a Norfolk village have been met with opposition over fears it will increase traffic and noise.

It was a lifelong passion that began almost 70 years ago - but now after amassing one of the UK's rarest vintage tractor collections a Norfolk enthusiast is putting his pride and joy up for auction.

The Newmarket-based regional director at the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) is set to move to a new role at the landowners' lobby group's head office in London.

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