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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.

A collection of vintage tractors – put up for sale after one ran over and almost killed its 90-year-old owner – has hauled in more than £100,000 at auction.

A Westminster committee has warned over a gap in environmental protections after Britain leaves the EU.

A Norfolk mother whose sheep was frightened and injured by a rogue firework has urged people to take extra care on bonfire night.

Generous farmers dug deep over the summer and donated £2,000 to a hospice in return for a free check on the moisture in their crops provided by a Diss firm.

British Sugar has come under fire from the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) after technical difficulties led it to take down its online sugar beet grower portal, prompting criticism about its investment in the industry.

Primary pupils are eating school dinners made with vegetables from the surrounding fields as an educational partnership with a neighbouring farm continues to grow.

The figurehead of the Royal Norfolk Show is moving on to new pastures after organising the county’s summer showcase for the last three years.

East Anglia’s sugar industry is facing up to its future challenges including volatile weather and markets, global competition and crop disease threats, says East Anglian grower SIMON SMITH, vice-chairman of the NFU Sugar Board.

An informal tree-planting dedication was held at the Norfolk Showground in memory of a former chief executive of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association (RNAA).

Financial advisers said increased investment allowances announced in this week’s Budget were good news for East Anglian farmers – but warned there were also pitfalls within the chancellor’s statement.

The Monitor Farm project is looking for a farm business in Norfolk or Suffolk to join its knowledge-sharing network.

This year’s onion crop is down by an estimated 40pc after yields were damaged during a difficult season of extremes in the weather.

Norfolk farmers will be celebrating the past while looking ahead to future challenges at the annual meeting of the county’s National Farmers’ Union (NFU) branch.

Plans to improve road safety by removing slow-moving vehicles from fastest routes sparked a surge in conversation from our readers.

They may not be the most obvious spectres to spring to mind on Halloween – but a dedicated team of conservationists is working to bring Norfolk’s “ghost ponds” back from the dead this autumn.

Guy Shropshire, the inspirational Fenland farmer, agricultural innovator and founder of the G’s Group, one of Europe’s leading salad and vegetable suppliers, has died just short of his 93rd birthday.

Tractors could be banned from major A-roads – including parts of Norfolk’s A47 – under future plans to improve safety by removing slow-moving vehicles from the fastest routes.

Farming leaders have outlined eight key demands from chancellor Philip Hammond’s autumn Budget, to ensure their industry remains “productive, profitable and progressive” after Brexit.

The interactions between science, technology, policy, practice and the markets – and how they affect East Anglian agriculture – will be discussed by five leading academics at the University of East Anglia.

Countryside firms across Norfolk and Suffolk will be representing the region at a national competition final after winning the regional heats of the Amazon Rural Business Awards.

An East of England MEP is sponsoring an initiative to improve the lives of chickens reared for meat.

Livestock farmers fear a “no deal” Brexit could compromise the UK’s biosecurity and make it easier for devastating animal diseases to be imported into this country.

Whether you’re carving jack-o’-lanterns for Halloween, or baking pies for Thanksgiving, finding the perfect pumpkin is an essential part of the autumn experience.

Work has begun on what is described as one of the most advanced poultry factories in Europe, which is taking shape in Eye.

East Anglian agricultural consultants are holding a timely conference at Newmarket aimed at helping the farming sector face future challenges for the industry.

As part of our regular series of profiles on the region’s Young Farmers’ Club members, 27-year-old STEVEN BRITTON explains why he was drawn to the demanding world of dairy farming.

Farming businesses that rely on “gentleman’s agreements” are risking an uncertain future, says CHARLOTTE WEBSTER, senior rural surveyor at Irelands, the agricultural and rural property division of Arnolds Keys.

With a lower contract price on offer for 2019, East Anglia’s sugar beet growers are contemplating their options, writes ROBIN LIMB, an independent agricultural consultant based in Hunstanton.

Directors of a Norfolk fertiliser manufacturer travelled to Brussels to urge EU policy-makers not to enforce “anti-dumping” measures which could push up the price of soil nutrients for East Anglian farmers.

Family farm businesses need to take a rather unromantic stance towards marriage when it comes to safeguarding their financial future, says RYAN LINCOLN of the agriculture team at accountancy firm Lovewell Blake.

Environmental change is needed on a landscape scale ahead of an “impending agricultural revolution”, says JAKE FIENNES, the new conservation manager at the 25,000-acre Holkham Estate.

A rare and early East Anglian tractor, described as one of the most influential inventions in farming history, has been sold for £67,725 – double the auctioneers’ pre-sale estimate.

East Anglia’s pig producers have been warned about the dangers of people bringing pork products onto farms as biosecurity measures are stepped up to prevent an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF).

An East Anglian farmer believes cover crops have boosted his sugar beet yields by up to 15pc during a difficult growing season.

Social media platforms have given farmers influential tools to launch digital campaigns, share farming tips and tell their story to consumers – so East Anglia’s agricultural community has been urged to take full advantage.

The food sector’s workforce must adapt to technological and policy advances if the industry is to thrive after Brexit says BEVERLY DIXON, HR director at Fenland growers G’s Group and a member of the senior leadership team for Defra’s new skills taskforce.

Agri-Tech Week returns in November to highlight the extraordinary East Anglian ideas and innovations aiming to revolutionise our future food industry. CHRIS HILL reports.

Agricultural businesses which haven’t kept pace with digital development are missing out on the benefits of online marketplaces, East Anglian farmers were told.

Diversification has become an essential tool to protect the income of farm businesses. 
Eleanor Pringle visited a family farm which has taken every opportunity to branch out in a variety of different ways.

Whether it’s foodie fads or the desire for healthy living, consumer trends have the potential to re-shape our food industry. Here are five which could affect East Anglian farmers in the coming decades.

After the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that a reduction in meat consumption and changes to farming are needed to save the planet, Norfolk cattle farmer JAMES RUNCIMAN defends livestock’s role in the ecosystem.

It’s time for a more open dialogue between vegans and farmers, according to an East Anglian couple who embody this spirit of compromise and understanding – despite their conflicting food choices. CHRIS HILL reports.

The reputation of Norfolk barley has been crystal clear to brewers across the world for decades – but now a home-grown malt which prevents beer haze has excited the taste buds of a culinary celebrity closer to home.

Two north Norfolk farmers have pooled resources to drive down costs, share machinery and farm a larger area in a bid to “future-proof” their businesses. CHRIS HILL reports.

A fifth-generation Norfolk farming family is ditching arable production to refocus on its core livestock and butchery business – a decision aimed at insulating the firm against Brexit and market volatility.

An East Anglian dairy farm which created an award-winning cheese after switching to a herd of Montbeliarde cows is celebrating a national innovation title.

What makes a champion pig farm? According to the Norfolk winner of the 2018 national Pig Farmer of the Year title, it has a lot to do with resilience, common sense and staff involvement.

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