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Fewer lorries could be travelling through rural Norfolk if plans are approved for a chemical storage unit, developers say.

Worried East Anglian farmers’ leaders warned that a ‘no deal’ Brexit would have a ‘serious impact’ on rural businesses as the political crisis deepened following a crushing defeat for prime minister Theresa May’s European Union (EU) exit strategy.

A talent for crops and a strong work ethic has helped an ambitious agriculture student win a bursary aimed at helping launch farming careers from outside the industry.

Government payments to help farmers reduce ammonia pollution have been greeted as “encouraging” by agricultural leaders in East Anglia.

An extra 1,000 tonnes of peas need to be grown in East Anglia to meet rising consumer demand – sparking a search for more farmers to grow them.

A no-deal Brexit would be “potentially disastrous” for East Anglia’s pig farms at a time when the sector’s overall financial viability is already under pressure, an expert has warned.

A Norfolk couple who run Europe’s only dedicated alpaca mill have completed a zero-mile supply chain – by opening a new shop to sell yarns and knitted goods from their own herd’s fleeces.

British Sugar has apologised to growers and hauliers after a breakdown at the company’s historic Norfolk factory has disrupted beet deliveries at the height of the 2018/19 campaign.

A charity tractor run has raised enough money to fund a mental health first aid course to help people involved in Norfolk’s farming and rural industries.

Easton and Otley College has been “working relentlessly” to get back on track following a damning Ofsted report last year, its principal said in her new year message.

A three-year research project at an East Anglian farm has shown growers a myriad of small improvements which could spark a “quantum leap” in potato production – and taught some broader lessons about communication and knowledge-sharing.

Farming unions, rural business groups and agricultural tenants have united to sign letters to MPs to warn of the consequences of a ‘no deal’ Brexit.

Norwich scientists have asked the public to help them build a research colony of harlequin ladybirds – the invasive beetles which swarmed across the region last year.

An East Anglian grain co-operative will concentrate on its core storage activities after agreeing to contract its grain trading and marketing services to the UK’s largest agronomy and grain marketing business.

A farm machinery firm has revealed its plans for a multi-million pound new rural headquarters – but it faces angry opposition from villagers over the “industrialisation” of the Norfolk countryside.

An award-winning champion Norfolk farmers’ leader and a respected horse breeder around the world, Tom Crane, has died at his Oxnead home aged 88.

A west Norfolk farmer has won his club’s prize for the best winter wheat crop for the sixth year in a row.

An expanding north Norfolk crop storage firm is starting 2019 in a purpose-developed new base which its directors hope will enable the company to continue its growth.

A “memorable day” of country sports helped North Elmham Young Farmers’ Club (YFC) raise more than £500 for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Preparing the typical East Anglian farm for Brexit will be the discussion topic at this year’s winter meetings at Easton and Otley College.

A group of 21 growers in the Wensum Valley aims to prove that truly farmer-led collaborations could hold the key to managing conservation on a landscape scale – and justifying public funding with measurable results. CHRIS HILL reports.

Farmers who invite people onto their land are having a lasting positive impact on public perception about their industry, according to the organisers of Open Farm Sunday.

The new year has brought a renewed drive to improve agriculture’s woeful health and safety record – with farmers being warned to expect serious penalties for failing to manage workplace risks.

Farms and rural estates in East Anglia may need to seize the initiative to tackle the challenge of poor mainstream broadband connections by investing in their own private high-speed networks, according to land and property agents.

A series of spring seminars is being planned across East Anglia to equip farm businesses with ideas and inspiration to manage the changes looming in their industry.

Farming leaders have demanded urgent government decisions to end the uncertainty in their industry – rather than simply “warm words” to comfort food businesses about their post-Brexit future.

The Thickitts and the Crickmores – two East Anglian farming families with a history of working with cattle – have teamed up to reach an untapped market for fattened dairy beef. GLYN WILLIAMS reports.

An independent regulator must be established to ensure farmers and landowners meet minimum standards to protect water, soil, wildlife and animal welfare after Brexit, campaigners have urged.

Wymondham Young Farmers have been rehearsing lines, songs and dance routines in preparation for their 55th annual charity pantomime.

The new year could usher in a new era for the region’s farming industry – so resolving Brexit’s uncertainties should top the list of politicians’ resolutions for 2019, says RACHEL CARRINGTON, East Anglia regional director for the National Farmers’ Union (NFU).

Two Norfolk breweries which embrace the county’s renowned malting barley heritage are in the running to become a regional supermarket’s locally-sourced hero for 2019.

A Norfolk-based agricultural buying group hopes to give £1m back to its members in the new year – including its first general rebate to share out profits resulting from the streamlining of the business.

Brexit, rural crime, housing and digital connectivity will be East Anglia’s key countryside challenges in 2019, said a regional landowners’ leader.

A Suffolk organic entrepreneur who has built a raft of recognisable brands will explain how to add value to farming produce at an East Anglian agricultural conference in February.

As part of our regular series of profiles on the region’s Young Farmers’ Club members, 20-year-old engineering apprentice WILLIAM SWAN talks about the skills which he hopes will help him build the farm machines of the future.

Easton and Otley College students have enjoyed a busy year of events both at home and abroad in 2018 – winning some notable accolades.

The results of the final season in a three-year ‘real farm’ crop project bringing potato research from the laboratory into the field on the Elveden Estate will be revealed next month.

No one can provide an indication of the next step on our journey to a post Brexit future.

The chance to grab a fresh Norfolk turkey for the Christmas dinner table sparked a festive bidding frenzy at traditional poultry auctions across the county this week.

A change in government policy is believed to have halved Norfolk’s permissive footpaths in the last two years – prompting one village community to forge a new partnership with a farming landowner to preserve these valuable routes into the countryside.

Norfolk Wildlife Trust has called for major improvements to the government’s draft Environment Bill, saying it does not go far enough to tackle the “vast environmental challenge we face”.

Diss Young Farmers’ Club has been hailed the top charity fundraiser within the Norfolk YFC community for 2018.

Reepham Young Farmers’ Club (YFC) has presented a charity cheque for £2,000 to the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital in London after a year of spirited fundraising.

Norfolk County Council has revealed four farm holdings which will be let in 2019 within its agricultural estate, which offers tenancy opportunities for farmers looking to expand or start new ventures.

The cost of farm fires soared by almost 40pc across the East of England this summer as the prolonged heatwave put crops and straw stacks at risk, according to rural insurers.

Setting an “arbitrary” minimum salary threshold for migrant workers after Brexit could put agriculture and food jobs at risk, warned a senior East Anglian farmer.

The government’s decision to ban a pesticide used in slug pellets is a blow which could have a “major impact” on East Anglian farmers, said industry leaders.

The chance to buy a prize-winning bird for the Christmas table will bring hundreds of bidders to traditional poultry auctions across Norfolk next week.

A lifelong passion for livestock – which began with receiving a calf as a christening gift – has led a 17-year-old Norfolk cattle farmer to a coveted Young Stockperson of the Year title.

An East Anglian farmers’ leader is cautioning against creating a post-Brexit divide between those able to afford food reared and grown to a high standard in the UK and those who can’t.

After going the extra mile to spread Christmas cheer around the county, Dereham Young Farmers’ Club has been named the Festive Club of the Month by the YFC’s national federation.

Potato production has hit its lowest level since 2012, with crops in the eastern counties particularly badly affected by the summer heatwave.

The regime of “pernickety and sometimes nonsensical rules” governing farmers should be replaced by a more supportive and flexible approach to farm regulations and inspections, the government has been told.

Norfolk’s “world-class environment” faces a period of fundamental change which will demand closer industry and nature partnerships, and a “brutal focus” on the profits of farming businesses, a conference heard.

The death of a prominent Norfolk farmer has proven the need for more open discussions about mental health within rural communities which – for many reasons – are particularly susceptible to suicide, writes JO HOEY, of farming mental health charity YANA (You Are Not Alone).

A 16-year-old Norfolk farmer has taken on the mantle of organising a popular Boxing Day tractor run which has raised around £36,000 for charities since it was launched in 2004.

The son of a Norfolk farming champion has said he hopes his father’s death will encourage more people in rural communities to open up about mental health.

A Norfolk arable farmer’s seven-year crop rotation has been hailed as an exemplar for the rest of the country in a national report.

Farmers and farming professionals across East Anglia got to grips with the ‘holy trinity of chaos’ facing the industry on Thursday (December 6) at an event in Newmarket.

Would farmers spend more time and effort ensuring their environmental plots delivered for wildlife if they were only paid on results?

Enterprising young livestock farmers have been offered a chance to win £5,000 in an awards scheme established in memory of an inspirational Norfolk stockman.

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