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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.

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.

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.

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.

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 retired director has recalled the simple joy of recognising his family again after a life-saving brain operation which risked erasing his most cherished memories.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

The amount of farmland for sale has hit a 10-year low as the ongoing political and economic uncertainty puts property decisions on hold, said rural specialists.

The first major assessment of a "Payment by Results" pilot scheme in Suffolk and Norfolk has shown that farmers are more motivated to develop nature-friendly practices and are delivering "exceptional results" for wildlife.

A respected farm manager whose career spanned thousands of East Anglian acres has raised almost £6,000 for Parkinson's UK by publishing his memoirs.

Farmers and rural business leaders have welcomed the prime minister's Brexit breakthrough - and urged MPs to "think very carefully before voting this deal down".

A rejuvenated East Anglian fishing industry could restore hundreds of jobs and boost our economy by £32m - but only if government policies can maximise the "once-in-a-generation chance" offered by Brexit.

2019 could be a vintage year for East Anglian wine, according to a viticulturist whose first commercial crop of grapes is among the best he has seen - despite the weather woes elsewhere in the country. CHRIS HILL reports.

During a period of unprecedented change, farm businesses must evolve to stay ahead of the curve says BEN UNDERWOOD, East regional director for the Country Land and Business Association (CLA East).

Farmers have gathered a huge harvest of wheat and barley this season - but they feel betrayed by "disastrous" no-deal Brexit trade tariff proposals which could damage their ability to export the surplus.

A long-awaited £6.8m upgrade for a century-old Norfolk sugar factory proves it still has a vital role at the forefront of modern food production, said company bosses.

City children were introduced to the joys of the countryside as thousands of people joined a harvest celebration in the grounds of Norwich Cathedral.

Two massive new tomato greenhouses will "send out a message" that Norfolk and Suffolk are ripe for more agri-food investment and job creation, said business leaders.

A dedicated head steward who was a "wonderful ambassador" for the Royal Norfolk Show for more than 40 years has died at the age of 71.

Fishing groups are leading an initiative to improve aquatic habitats in the Wensum by bringing together anyone with an interest in the river's future management.

The national Pig Farmer of the Year trophy has been brought back to Norfolk for the second time in two years.

A major study showing 15pc of UK wildlife species are at risk of extinction should act as an urgent "wake-up call" to expand conservation efforts across East Anglia.

A vast tomato greenhouse covering an area larger than the O2 Arena will be built outside Norwich as part of a £120m project creating 360 new jobs in Norfolk and Suffolk.

Norwich scientists have claimed a "critical" breakthrough in the battle against a disease which is devastating one of the world's most important food crops.

Some of East Anglia's long-lost butterflies and moths are making a comeback after decades of regional extinction. But what has caused this sudden resurrection? CHRIS HILL reports.

A new mental health campaign being launched next weekend is part of the "lasting legacy" of openness and awareness created by a terminally-ill Norfolk farmer.

Tractors, pumpkins and farmyard animals will be on display at Norwich Cathedral during an annual celebration of the county's harvest.

An inspirational Norfolk farmer who raised more than £50,000 for a mental health charity while battling both terminal cancer and depression has died at the age of 46.

A Norfolk bull has become the county's first national Belted Galloway supreme champion - illustrating the growing reputation of this hardy Scottish breed in the East Anglian lowlands.

Pig farmers are "desperately concerned" the government is not working hard enough to prevent a catastrophic disease outbreak - after a minister said African Swine Fever is expected to reach our shores within a year.

A prime-time TV audience of millions awaits for an unsung Norfolk hero and her heart-warming mini donkeys - which will feature in an advert break during Britain's Got Talent on Saturday.

New contract prices for East Anglia's sugar beet crop could force some growers to question its economic viability on less-productive land, said farm advisors.

Two brothers have landed the plum job of running the fruit orchard planted by their pioneering great-uncle - extending a family tradition stretching back 40 years.

One of the nation's finest collections of vintage tractors has raised thousands of pounds from buyers across the world after going under the hammer in Norfolk.

A Norfolk-based agricultural buying group has grown to its "strongest point yet" - allowing it to deliver £800,000 back to members in its largest-ever crop protection rebate.

Bigger hedgerows, precision delivery of fertilisers and improving animal health are among the ways the farming industry hopes to hit ambitious "net zero" greenhouse gas targets.

East Anglia's farming leaders have criticised a university's "overly-simplistic" approach to reducing its carbon footprint by taking red meat off the menu.

A multi-million pound programme which equips financially-vulnerable family farms with free business skills training is coming to Norfolk for the first time.

An ambitious environmental project aiming to improve Norfolk's quality of life by mapping a wide range of "sustainability indicators" will be launched in Norwich next week.

A rare chance to tour one of East Anglia's more unusual farm crops will be on offer at a charity open day this weekend.

Giant straw statues have been built in a Norfolk stubble field aiming to attract the attention of the next generation of young farmers.

Ancient wildflower meadows are being brought back to life using seeds harvested from Norfolk's roadside verges - often the last strongholds of declining plant species.

The stardom of Norfolk's most famous dairy cow has reached new heights - as she is pictured jumping over the moon in a new maize maze.

Hector the beagle is one of the stars of a Blue Peter pet party to be screened today.

He met nurse Maureen when he was hurt in Isle of Man TT race. They wed within months and were married for 40 years

As the D-Day invasion force battled up the beaches of Normandy, Roy Clark dreamed of what he might do for Norfolk if he survived

Ex-Norwich city footballer Darren Eadie takes the brave step of sharing how he feels - and it's not great

He was involved with Norwich Shopmobility and the Boudicca Way trail, and checking that shops and restaurants had decent access

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Police are trying to trace a man who is wanted in connection with a number of crimes across two counties.

A deadly disease killing the country's ash trees could cost the British economy almost £15bn, a study has warned - with taxpayers picking up much of the bill.

He's fit and feels healthy, but ex-Norwich City footballer Darren Eadie had a shock result when he went for a diabetes check

The new president of Norfolk's horticultural society says he has some big plans to show that 'Gardening is for Everyone'.

A New Zealander who lives in west Norfolk has described her shock and disbelief as the killing of 50 Muslim worshippers unfolded just yards away from her.

A teenager from Ipswich has made a heartfelt documentary highlighting the plights of dementia sufferers and their families that will be played in hospitals across East Anglia.

Two more parkruns are in the pipeline in Norfolk, as the number of runners taking part nudges the 4,000 mark.

Mary taught at Swanton Morley for 35 years after recovering from severe TB.

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Four further and higher education institutions are in the running to work with a Suffolk and Norfolk-based land college after it failed two Ofsteds in succession.

It's the fastest growing trend in childbirth, reported to be favoured by royal mums Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle and recently used by East Anglia-based TV presenter Jake Humphrey and his wife Harriet.

A Norwich hotel will be showing off a very unusual new 'attraction' to kick off in style English Tourism Week which starts on Saturday and runs to April 7.

It was a wartime escape immortalised by Hollywood. But for one Norfolk-based airman turned 'great escaper' misfortune turned out to be the most astonishing stroke of good fortune in a wartime career crammed with incident. Seventy-five years on from the most remarkable mass prisoner of war breakout of the Second World War, Steve Snelling charts a saga of survival that all but beggars belief

We walk, cycle or drive over bridges without a second glance. The water is below us. It always has been...we tend to take it for granted.

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