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Pedigree cattle breeder, Royal Norfolk Show head steward and progressive arable farmer Russell Steggles has died aged 95.

Hallowed halls were decked with all the festive trimmings as a celebration of homegrown Christmas food, drink and crafts brought thousands to Norwich Cathedral.

There may be many uncertainties, but Bruce Masson, Partner at MHA Larking Gowen, is optimistic about the future of the farming industry.

A mobile app which harnesses drone technology to save farmers the time-consuming job of crop-walking has been demonstrated in Norfolk ahead of its commercial launch.

As part of our regular series of profiles on the region's Young Farmers' Club members, KIMBERLEY JOHNSTONE, 21, talks about the livestock passions that led to the creation of her pedigree sheep flock.

A festive celebration of homegrown food, drink and crafts has grown into a two-day festival as the Norfolk Christmas Fayre returns to Norwich Cathedral today.

A pioneering experiment using heated field plots to test how crops respond to temperature has revealed an unexpected upside of climate change for farmers.

A Norwich-based crop researcher said he was impressed by the global enthusiasm for more sustainable farming after representing the UK at a youth agriculture summit in Brazil.

A genetically-modified (GM) wheat plant whose grain makes flour with extra iron to help anaemia sufferers has shown promising results in its first season of field trials in Norwich.

This week's BBC documentary exploring the impact of global meat production on greenhouse gas emissions and the environment could be used as a platform to promote the benefits of pasture-fed UK meat says GEORGE DUNN, chief executive of the Tenant Farmers Association.

The Yuletide season is upon us, and Norfolk's finest free-range turkeys will begin leaving the fields this weekend to meet their festive destiny.

After a year of dedicated fundraising, Loddon Young Farmers' Club (YFC) has presented a £500 charity cheque to the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA).

Crop growing across East Anglia has been severely disrupted by prolonged wet weather - and there are fears the effects will continue to be felt next year.

Breckland's concentration of potato-growing knowhow has made it the "farming equivalent of Canary Wharf", according to one of three farms in the area to earn national industry recognition.

The world's elite sheepdog trialling community has leapt into action to help a Norfolk enthusiast's charity event to raise money for the hospital which saved her father's life.

A popular cafe set up as an offshoot of a free-range chicken farm has been put up for sale with its owners hoping it will continue to champion local farm-to-fork produce.

Farmers who fall victim to fly-tipping are "suffering in silence" while left to bear the hidden financial and emotional cost of the crime, said rural insurers.

A dismal autumn has taken its toll on the potato harvest - but East Anglian farmers have escaped the worst of the wet weather to help keep supplies moving into supermarkets and processors.

As part of our regular series of profiles on the region's Young Farmers' Club members, 24-year-old THOMAS ENGLISH explains how he built his career in the world of farm machinery.

Norfolk farmers were urged to champion the needs of their industry during the general election campaign as a senior industry leader visited the county.

Lessons learned by analysing this year's above-average harvest could influence more profitable crop decisions for future seasons, said rural agents.

Farmers were warned that "net zero" carbon reduction policies could dramatically transform Norfolk's agricultural landscape - potentially fast-tracking new innovations like indoor food production.

Farmers could switch from growing grain to grapes as a warming environment creates opportunities to make East Anglia a major wine production region, according to a climate change scientist.

A west Norfolk farmer has lifted his club's annual trophy after harvesting a sugar beet weighing a whopping 12.56kg.

Farmers' leaders warned that a no-deal Brexit would be "economically and socially catastrophic" as they launched their own manifesto in the run-up to the December general election.

European ash trees may be fighting back more effectively against a damaging beetle than expected, a new study suggests.

Politicians are being urged to back a new bid to close the productivity gap between town and country and unleash rural communities' "great potential" as we head towards the general election in December.

Work has begun on a vast new tomato greenhouse on farmland outside Norwich owned by the Colman family - who hope it will become an exemplar of sustainable agriculture while replacing lost local employment.

An organic food producer with an "outstanding commitment to conservation" has won an annual prize celebrating the best projects to integrate nature and wildlife within Norfolk farmland.

Both the government and the farming industry have set ambitious "net-zero" carbon emissions targets. But what effect will climate change - and the efforts to mitigate it - have on East Anglia's farming landscape by 2050?

Farmers and rural businesses across East Anglia have been urged to tap into a £35m pot of government cash which could help unlock their potential and future-proof their enterprise.

Norfolk has been hailed as one of the UK's most farm animal-friendly counties, hosting the second highest number of high-welfare RSPCA Assured businesses in the country.

A device to capture cow burps, a crop-hopping quadcopter and an intelligent field-mapping robot were among the vast array of new agri-tech ideas shown to East Anglian farmers at a major industry showcase.

An artist inspired by the East Anglian countryside is preparing for a fundraising exhibition after completing 100 drawings in 100 days to help a farming mental health charity.

The boss of a major Norfolk-based agricultural buying group has announced he will step down next summer as he seeks to spend more time with his family.

Farmers have been urged be more open to educate the public about their environmental work - and insights from millennials could help change the conversation about how food systems are managed.

Farming's next generation should be make the most of every training opportunity to help bridge a looming skills gap in their industry says WILL DE FEYTER, chairman of Norfolk Young Farmers.

Agri-tech innovations and crop science breakthroughs can only spark a quantum leap in food sustainability if they can be deployed in the field - so tech developers, researchers and farm managers have called for more collaboration to combine their expertise.

Modern farm machines and agri-tech devices are generating a huge deluge of disconnected data - but a Norfolk farmer has accepted the challenge of finding out how they can be integrated together for the maximum benefit.

A global search for the secrets behind sustainable business growth has been launched by a diversified farmer who is planning the next big leap forward for his own goat's cheese company.

A poor year for a famous Norfolk malting barley variety has sparked calls for higher premiums to be paid to farmers to acknowledge the financial risks of growing it.

With East Anglia's annual Agri-Tech Week innovation showcase set to begin on Monday, Agri-Tech East director Dr Belinda Clarke explains how the collaborative vision of "One Agriculture" can create a diet that supports people, the planet and sustainable businesses.

An inventive Norfolk farmer has solved a machinery quandary by designing his own home-built precision seed planter - made using 3D-printed plastic parts.

Livestock farmers feel "under siege" from a barrage of negativity over climate change, agricultural emissions, healthy diets and veganism - and they urged a more balanced discussion about sustainable meat production.

The national Pig Farmer of the Year title has come to Norfolk for the second year running - but what does it take to become a champion pork producer? CHRIS HILL reports.

"Trade and standards are our battleground," declared the nation's leading farmer as she sought to galvanise her Norfolk colleagues ahead of the looming general election.

A genetically-modified (GM) potato engineered to resist disease has impressed in Norfolk field trials, said scientists - proving the potential for genetic science to replace chemical sprays if allowed under post-Brexit regulations.

The Norfolk branch of the National Farmer's Union (NFU) celebrates its centenary at a special AGM this afternoon - prompting memories of 100 turbulent years of war, protests, campaigns and agricultural development.

A Norfolk farm's picturesque pumpkin patch has attracted online bloggers and influencers in the run-up to Halloween - helping to promote an evolving business which has been transformed by the power of social media.

The success of East Anglia's wheat and barley harvest is being undermined by an inability to export the surplus due to the shifting sands of Brexit, says a Norfolk grain trader.

A "farming champion" for land-based learning and a smooth transition for students are among top priorities for stakeholders in the imminent merger of two Norfolk colleges.

Politicians preparing to mount their general election campaigns must be ready to debate farming issues beyond Brexit, says RACHEL CARRINGTON, East Anglia regional director for the National Farmers' Union (NFU).

For several years, the Mobbs - who run a free range turkey farm near Halesworth - would despatch a bumper 150 of its celebrated birds to Suffolk police headquarters in Martlesham at Christmas.

An autumnal rural spectacle involving vintage tractors and heavy horses has been postponed due to the wet weather expected this weekend.

Recruitment is due to begin "soon" for management jobs at the two vast tomato greenhouses being built in Norfolk and Suffolk - with hundreds more general staff expected to be hired in spring 2020.

While wet weather frustrates efforts to plant new crops, a Norfolk farm has taken advantage of the hiatus to test the best way to prevent soil compaction from heavy machines on fragile soils.

A Norfolk animal feed firm is celebrating after producing its millionth bale of haylage for horses.

As part of our regular series of profiles on the region's Young Farmers' Club members, 22-year-old butcher THOMAS BRYANT explains how a club visit as a child inspired his future career choices.

A driving force behind the Royal Norfolk Show and a champion of the county's agricultural industry has been awarded an honorary degree from the University of East Anglia (UEA).

A rising star of the farming community who made an "exceptional" contribution to college life said she was "shocked and happy" to be named student of the year by her tutors.

A giant tractor made from 62 straw bales won a "wheat art" competition run by breakfast cereal brand Weetabix.

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