Farming leaders said Boris Johnson’s general election win could relieve the “political paralysis” over Brexit – but urgent questions remain over how the prime minister will protect East Anglia’s vital food industry.
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.
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?
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.
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 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.
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).
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 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.
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.
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.