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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.

Norfolk’s “farmers of the future” took centre stage as handlers as young as four years old competed at Norwich Livestock Market’s annual prime lamb show and sale.

The government’s urgent drive to reduce agricultural ammonia emissions will demand a sharper focus on livestock nutrition, building design and slurry storage, East Anglian farmers were told.

A late Norfolk farming campaigner’s final briefing paper has implored the government not to rely on reduced-tillage agriculture as a “silver bullet” to cut greenhouse gas emissions after Brexit.

Almost two thirds of farm support payments were made on the first day of this year’s payment window, said a government agency – but industry leaders said it was vital to maintain momentum to keep cashflow moving after a difficult farming year.

Swaffham Young Farmers’ Club was hailed for its extraordinary community impact and fundraising efforts at the Norfolk YFC county dinner dance.

Norwich scientists will lead a £4.85m programme aiming to bolster the UK’s defences against invasion from one of the world’s most dangerous plant diseases.

Soil must be placed “at the heart of the environmental agenda” with more efforts needed to regenerate a resource damaged by intensive farming, erosion and development, a campaign group has warned.

A leading figure in the agricultural banking sector will talk to East Anglian farmers at a conference in Newmarket next week.

A Norfolk vet says forward-thinking livestock farmers can turn the challenges of their industry to their advantage – by focusing on performance and production efficiencies through better animal health.

A new independent veterinary practice is due to open its doors at Snetterton Business Park for farmers and horse owners in Breckland.

More than 12,000 people got their festive season off to a flying start at Norwich Cathedral with a day of festive crafts, food and activities.

A festive celebration of the finest Norfolk food, drink and crafts will take place today in the “magical atmosphere” of Norwich Cathedral to start the Advent season in style.

Thousands of people will decorate their traditional seasonal centrepiece in the coming weeks – but how many will appreciate the years of hard work and attention to detail which goes into growing Norfolk’s Christmas trees? CHRIS HILL reports.

A government funding review has cast doubts over the future of a £2.8m environmental research project – sparking concern among Norfolk farmers who value the “huge wealth of information” it is providing.

The acreages of staple East Anglian arable crops including wheat and winter barley are set to rise for harvest 2019 while oilseed rape areas fall, according to a survey of farmers’ planting intentions.

After unearthing the hidden musical talents among Norfolk’s free-range turkeys, here’s our suggestion of a Christmas top ten for these talented birds to perform.

The specialist agricultural division of a Norfolk property services firm is expanding by opening a second office in the north of the county

Poultry farmers and pet bird keepers across East Anglia have been urged to take action now to prepare for the winter bird flu threat.

East Anglia’s food producers should prepare for the possibility that their goods could be “demonised” in Europe after Brexit, as the EU seeks to protect its own industries.

The management of farming landscapes needs to be transformed in order to safeguard the threatened wild pollinators on which many food crops depend, said a leading Norfolk researcher.

You’ve heard of turkey drummers – but these festive fowl are stuffed with many more musical talents as they count down the days to their Christmas swansong.

Farmers and landowners in East Anglia are embracing new technology and diversification in a bid to future-proof their business ahead of Brexit, according to a survey of rural professionals.

Meat product maker Cranswick has reported near-flat profit growth of 1%, against a tougher background for the meat market.

With East Anglia’s sugar campaign in full swing, a senior industry figure is optimistic for this year’s beet crop – and confident the sector can ride out its future challenges of market pressures and the loss of protective chemicals.

An award-winning Norfolk farm manager has defied science by growing a bigger rye crop than analysts thought was possible from his field outside Norwich.

A Norfolk agricultural consultant has outlined three searching questions he believes every farmer should ask themselves as they prepare for the implications of Brexit.

Plans have been submitted for a therapeutic “community farm” to help vulnerable and disadvantaged people in and around Wisbech.

Fuel and fertiliser prices helped drive a 7.8pc rise in the cost of farming in the last year, according to inflation figures compiled by a Norfolk-based purchasing group.

Plans to build a farm shop incorporating a cafe and butchery at a farm in Great Ellingham have been approved by planners.

Senior Norfolk representatives travelled to Canada to accept the “huge honour” of bringing the Commonwealth Agriculture Conference to Norwich.

A King’s Lynn farmer has described the “surreal” moment he stood in the shadow of London’s St Paul’s Cathedral with a combine harvester, being watched by 600,000 people.

Easton and Otley College was left reeling from its second successive “inadequate” rating from Ofsted inspectors – but after months of upheaval, its leaders are determined their turnaround plan will now take effect. CHRIS HILL reports.

Following Easton and Otley College’s second successive “inadequate” Ofsted rating, farming industry leaders gave their support to the turnaround plan, and underlined the importance of improving land-based learning in East Anglia.

A north Norfolk farmer is warning of the risks dogs pose to farm animals after one of his sheep had its throat ripped open in a savage attack.

In the latest in our series of profiles on the region’s Young Farmers’ Club members, 23-year-old TOM COLLISON explains how his international consultancy travels have broadened his farming perspective.

East Anglia’s farming leaders warned of a “catastrophic” no-deal scenario if the prime minister’s draft withdrawal agreement is not adopted by Parliament.

A special celebration was held in Norwich to mark significant milestones for two charities working within Norfolk’s farming and countryside communities.

North Norfolk could be a trail-blazer for new wildlife-friendly farming strategies, the opening winter meeting of Stalham Farmers’ Club was told.

A west Norfolk farmer has claimed his club’s annual trophy for the heaviest sugar beet – defying expectations by harvesting a huge 12.59kg specimen despite a difficult growing season.

Sheep and cattle farming in the UK should be cut by between a fifth and a half to help tackle climate change, a committee led by Suffolk’s Lord Deben says.

A fundraising tractor run which took 50 farm vehicles on a tour of east Norfolk towns and villages has hauled in £1,582 for two regional charities.

Farmers must take greater responsibility for tackling the spread of tuberculosis between cattle – which is a bigger part of the disease problem than infected badgers, experts warned.

A Norfolk insurer says farmers “still have a huge way to go” to correct their industry’s woeful safety record, after eight people were killed in agricultural accidents in the East of England during the last five years.

Leaders at an East Anglian college which has been judged inadequate by education watchdogs for a second time say they are committed to their improvement strategy.

While some farmers might complain about the price paid for their crops, one Norfolk grower is very happy indeed – after selling a single sugar beet for a staggering £600.

Norfolk and Waveney winemakers could soon be giving producers in the famous French region of Champagne a run for their money.

UK farmers will remain at a competitive disadvantage against countries like the US and Germany unless there is a “sea change” in government policy to make publicly-funded data available for free.

A Norfolk farmer said it was a “great honour” to win a coveted conservation prize – and suggested this competitive edge could also help secure vital grants to continue his work for wildlife after Brexit.

The world’s first robotic seed drill prototype for cereal crops was unveiled at the 2018 Agri-Tech Week conference – just 12 months after its makers pitched their concept at last year’s event.

From fleets of agribots to smart tractors and survey drones, the pace of agricultural innovation is quickening – but farmers should be wary of becoming overwhelmed with information in this data-driven world.

While political battles rage over Brexit, Britain’s politicians must make food the same strategic priority as our wartime leaders did when threatened with scarcity and starvation.

As part of our regular series of profiles on the region’s Young Farmers’ Club members, 21-year-old AMY LUKINS explains how her equestrian passions led her to take the reins of her own saddlery and country clothing firm.

The potential of genomics and synthetic biology to unlock better crops for East Anglian farmers was discussed by Norwich scientists at an event aiming to bridge the gap between agriculture and academia.

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