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“Essential travel” certificates are being issued to help farmers justify their movements if challenged by police enforcing the coronavirus lockdown.

Agricultural drone sprayers could be used to remotely disinfect parks, hospital grounds, transport hubs and schools during the coronavirus pandemic – but only if emergency authorisations are rapidly issued, said researchers.

Pig farms are finding ways to cope with erratic demand and pork producers are recruiting for temporary jobs in a bid to keep this key Norfolk food sector functioning during the coronavirus crisis.

Farmers have been urged to report coronavirus business impacts ranging from labour shortages to late payments via a new online portal aiming to inform government responses.

The closure of chip shops and McDonald’s takeaways has left a glut of potatoes without a market as farmers grapple with “a huge amount of market disruption and uncertainty” amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Norwich Livestock Market has been closed due to concerns over coronavirus – but an online sales register is being developed to allow farmers to continue trading animals urgently needed within the UK food chain.

Wildlife has found new space to breathe in Norfolk’s countryside as the coronavirus lockdown gives nature a “once-in-a-lifetime” chance to thrive without human disturbance.

Rural business leaders want the planned phasing-out of EU farm subsidies to be delayed by a year to give farmers more time to adjust as they battle the economic impacts of coronavirus.

The economic impact of coronavirus has put farmland sales “on hold” – although rural agents believe plunging stock markets could encourage investors to take interest in farm estates.

Farmers have urged the public not to ignore social distancing rules while exercising in the countryside, in order to protect the industry producing vital food during the coronavirus crisis.

Farmers want the government to evoke the wartime spirit by launching a Land Army-style “Pick for Britain” campaign to save the nation’s fruit and vegetable harvest.

British Sugar’s new agriculture director has thanked East Anglia’s resilient army of sugar beet growers for their “remarkable” efforts to gather their crop during a testing, rain-soaked winter.

The coronavirus pandemic could refocus how we value food security and the heroic efforts of farmers says Simon Evans, agricultural partner at Arnolds Keys – Irelands Agricultural.

An inspiring and enterprising farmer who built one of the UK’s largest soft fruit operations in Norfolk’s fields has died at the age of 89.

A Norfolk farmer is delivering sacks of potatoes to his most vulnerable or isolated neighbours in his spare time – part of an “incredible” community effort to keep food flowing into people’s homes during the coronavirus lockdown.

Farming leaders have called on institutional landlords – including estates owned by the Queen and the church – to show “flexibility and understanding” regarding their tenants’ rent during the coronavirus crisis.

Cash-strapped breweries already suffering a devastating loss of trade from pub closures have been dealt another “huge blow” after the chancellor refused to cancel their monthly beer duty payments.

A major technical showcase for the arable farming industry is set to take place online this summer after the event on the ground was cancelled due to coronavirus restrictions.

East Anglia’s farmers are pushing on with the essential job of producing the nation’s food during the coronavirus lockdown – and they have reassured worried shoppers there will be “plenty to go round” throughout the crisis.

Farming leaders said the “huge surplus” of food supplies caused by the closure of major restaurant chains like McDonald’s will now be redirected to shops where consumers can buy it.

A revived interest in home bread-making during the coronavirus lockdown has helped spark a huge upsurge in demand at Norfolk’s only flour-producing watermill.

A new “Land Army” of workers is urgently needed to fill jobs on East Anglia’s fruit and vegetable farms and help feed the nation during the coronavirus pandemic, said industry leaders.

The coronavirus pandemic has ripped up East Anglia’s countryside calender, cancelling events including the Royal Norfolk Show – and the impact on our rural economy could be felt for “a long time to come”.

Norfolk’s farming industry is continuing to produce quality food despite the coronavirus crisis – and the county’s farm shops have urged shoppers to grasp the opportunity to stock their cupboards while supporting local businesses.

The East Anglian Game and Country Fair has joined the growing list of popular outdoor events to be cancelled as a result of coronavirus outbreak.

Out-of-work Brits have been urged to step in to help farms harvest fruit and vegetables as the coronavirus pandemic prevents seasonal workers travelling from abroad.

Leading Norfolk farmer Hugh Crane, who has died aged 95, was barely 16 when he took over the family’s tenanted holding.

The Royal Norfolk Show has been cancelled for only the second time in its peacetime history due to the coronavirus pandemic – striking an “inestimable” blow to the county’s rural business community.

One of Norfolk’s longest-running summer events has become the latest countryside tradition to be cancelled this year as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Tributes have been paid to a pioneering Norfolk pig farmer who “completely revolutionised” his industry and worked tirelessly to serve his community.

An international event which was seen as a “huge honour” for Norfolk’s agricultural community has been cancelled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

A Norfolk brewery has found an inventive way to keep its ale flowing during the coronavirus crisis – by launching a drive-thru for beer.

An event expecting to bring thousands of visitors onto farms across East Anglia this summer has been postponed due to concerns over the spread of coronavirus.

A popular children’s celebration of the countryside – the Norfolk Spring Fling – has been cancelled as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

The coronavirus outbreak could potentially hit farming’s seasonal workforce and hinder food imports – and industry leaders said this worst-case scenario should act as a wake-up call to bolster the nation’s food security.

A planned mass rally of farmers in London is one of a number of industry events to be postponed due to fears over the spread of coronavirus.

A farmer has issued a warning to dog walkers after three of his sheep were attacked and killed.

Sugar factories are being slowed down to give farmers more time to deliver the final 10pc of East Anglia’s sugar beet at the end of a wet and challenging season.

Farmers are celebrating a major Budget boost after the chancellor spared their industry from the scrapping of tax relief on red diesel.

Restored farmland ponds attract three times as many birds as neglected and overgrown ones, according to Norfolk-based research.

A Norfolk-based maltster has secured an international accreditation which will help it export East Anglia’s malted barley to breweries and distilleries around the world.

Police are investigating an assault after animal rights activists clashed with traders at a livestock market over the weekend.

A care farm has joined forces with a large local manufacturer to set up a scheme to supply free fruit and vegetables for the plant’s 1,000-strong workforce.

Pioneering “wet farming” methods are among the ideas being trialled in the Fens to protect fertile peat soils – and help this food production powerhouse meet the challenge of climate change.

A leading figurehead of the Royal Norfolk Show is to stand down after eight years in charge – sparking a search to fill this significant role promoting the county.

Next week’s budget is an opportunity to create a much-needed simplified tax system for diversified rural businesses says Cath Crowther, East regional director for the Country Land and Business Association (CLA).

As part of our regular series of profiles on the region’s Young Farmers’ Club members, 26-year-old Matthew Davey explains the education and training journey which led him into a diverse farming career.

A former director of the Holkham estate will return to Norfolk’s rural business community to take the helm of the UK’s largest agricultural buying group.

Countryside groups have united to demand the government updates “inadequate” legislation which they claim is hindering attempts to tackle the devastating impact of illegal hare coursing.

Farmers are pleading with the chancellor not to axe the subsidy for red diesel in next week’s budget – a move which they fear could heap further financial pressure on their industry.

East Anglian farmers have rubbished the “daft” suggestion by a senior government adviser that Britain does not need an agricultural industry.

A firebug has been setting hay and straw bales alight around north Norfolk.

Farmers must look beyond their own borders and cultivate a new attitude to collaboration if they are to overcome their “biggest challenge in two generations”.

A pioneering north Norfolk farmer hopes to drive forward more mechanical innovations for his industry after being appointed to the board of a major machinery manufacturer.

A large farmer on the Suffolk-Norfolk border fears the industry could be facing “a massive disruptor event” as the UK government moves away from the European Union (EU) farm subsidy model.

An Essex arable farmer who served for six years in top roles at the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) said he had “no regrets” as he lost his bid to continue as deputy president.

A unique 118-year-old scale-model steam engine described as a “truly Norfolk piece of history” is set to go under the hammer later this year.

Next year will be a significant one for Gressingham Foods, a duck and niche meat products firm which started life in 1971.

Cannabis is a controversial crop with an increasingly-lucrative world market. Norfolk is already a leading producer of medicinal cannabis – and now the county’s farmers are exploring the potential opportunities from non-psychoactive industrial hemp as well. Chris Hill and Caroline Culot report.

A Norfolk farmer fears fruit and vegetable operations like his could go bust if new immigration rules close the door to migrant workers who harvest and pack their crops.

A new partnership of farmers and land managers met government officials in the Broads to help shape post-Brexit policies to fund environmental work on farmland.

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