Serving the Farming Industry across East Anglia for 35 Years
Big change in interest rates ‘unlikely before harvest’
A significant drop in interest rates is unlikely before harvest, says a leading agricultural banker. HSBC deputy head of agriculture Grace O’Dwyer made the forecast as she addressed the Suffolk Farming Conference. More than 400 farmers and industry experts attended the event on 29 February at Trinity Park, Ipswich.... Read more
Beware of horses on rural roads
Tractor drivers and motorists are being urged to take care after statistics showing that five incidents involving horses are recorded on roads every week in the east of England. Across the region, a total of 282 horse-related incidents were recorded with the British Horse Society  in 2023. Suffolk experienced... Read more
Regenerative farming in spotlight at Writtle
Farmers joined leading academics to discuss regenerative agriculture and food production at the Writtle Farmers’ Club’s annual conference last month. Held at Writtle University College, near Chelmsford, speakers included National Trust tenant Andy Cato, co-founder of the Wildfarmed conservation agriculture brand, which rewards farmers who use more sustainable methods... Read more
Government makes pledge on UK food security
Grants worth £427m will be opened to farmers this year – following an announcement by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak at last month’s NFU conference. The package will include £220m for technology and productivity schemes, said Mr Sunak – ensuring the government delivered on its commitment to maintain the farming... Read more
Big farmland bird count gears up for 2024
Farmers are being encouraged to take part in this month’s Big Farmland Bird Count – and provide a vital snapshot of the health of Britain’s cherished farmland birds. The annual nationwide survey takes place from 2-18 February. It raises awareness of the role farmers play in the farmland bird... Read more
Speakers lined up for Suffolk conference
Top speakers are lined up for this month’s Suffolk Farming Conference, which is due to take place on 29 February at Trinity Park, Ipswich. Organised by the Suffolk Agricultural Association,  Fram Farmers and Scrutton Bland. experts from across the sector will share their thoughts on ways farmers and food... Read more
Defra considers options following winter floods
More farmers could be paid to store floodwater on their land – helping to protect communities from extreme weather. It follows a series of winter storms which has seen farmland flooded across the Midlands and East Anglia – with fields likely to remain submerged for weeks to come and... Read more
Top speakers announced for Norfolk Farming Conference
Challenges around land use, diet and data will be debated at next month’s Norfolk Farming Conference – by an impressive line-up of expert speakers. Farm minister Mark Spencer will make the opening address at the all-day conference, which takes place on Tuesday, 6 February, at the Royal Norfolk Showground... Read more
Farm outlook: Good cashflow will be key to successful 2024
A tight rein on cashflow will be key for farmers wanting to optimise their business performance this year, say analysts. Balancing input costs and farm output will remain a challenge over the coming months, says Andersons Outlook 2024– the annual forecast for the year ahead published by the farm business... Read more
‘Investment is vital to fuel farm potential’
Industry leaders are calling for targeted investment in agriculture following a disappointing Autumn Statement for the sector. Many farmers will miss out on an £11bn corporate tax incentive unveiled by Chancellor Jeremy Hunt last month. Reductions in national issurance will be a benefit – but previously announced changes mean... Read more