Plea to help first generation farmers

Council's in the East are being encouraged to combat the problem of rising agricultural prices by renting land to first generation farmers.

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Advice to walkers about cattle after man is trampled

The National Farmers' Union has issued advice to walkers after a man was seriously injured when he was trampled by a herd of cows.

The incident happened at St Neots in Cambridgeshire.

Where footpaths cut through fields with cattle, the NFU says people should walk calmly and quietly and avoid going near the cows.

Click below to watch an interview with the NFU's Adam Scott

Man crushed by herd of cows

A man has been crushed by a herd of cows at St Neots, Cambridgeshire Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man's been seriously injured after being trampled by a herd of cows in Cambridgeshire.

Paramedics were called to the incident in a field in St Neots. The man believed to be in his 60s was taken to the specialist trauma centre at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.


Farmland hits record high

Farmland at record high Credit: ITV News Anglia

Farmland prices across the East of England have hit a record high.

In less than 10 years the cost of land per acre has more than trebled, according to the latest Rural Land Market Survey.

During the first six months of the year an acre cost just over £7,000 - that's compared to 2004 - when one acre was around £2,000.

Rural crime falls says new report

Machinery is top target for thieves Credit: PA

A new report has shown crime targeting farming communities in the East has fallen, but the cost of agricultural theft in 2012 was still around £7.6 million down from £8.6 million in 2011.

The report by farming insurer NFU Mutual showed tools machinery and oil theft were the most commonly reported crimes.


Call for people to buy British berries to support fruit farmers

Nearly 90% of fruit brought in Britain comes from abroad and a countryside group is trying to change that.

The Council for the Protection of Rural England is pointing to the success story of British strawberries which account for 85% of the market between May and September.

However the CPRE says only 12% of the fruit we eat is home grown.

Ian Woodhurst, senior food and farming campaigner for CPRE said: "Berries are part of the English summer day, and buying them helps the rural economy and supports local growers to produce more."

Click here to find our more about the Strawberry Race in Essex

Historic farming show ends after 200 years

The East of England Show in Peterborough has struggled to attract visitors in recent years and after financial losses in 2012 has been scrapped.

In the past it has been the biggest agricultural show in the region with the attendance topping more than 100,000 over the three-day event.

Click below to watch a report from ITV Anglia in 2004 which looked at the history of the show.

"Big and bold" decision to scrap East of England Show

The Chief Executive of the East of England Agricultural Society Jeremy Staples says it was "big and bold" decision to scrap the East of England Show.

The three-day event was already expected to be heavily reformed after losses in 2012 ran into "several hundred thousand pounds".

But now the show has been scrapped after running in some form for 200 years.

Mr Staples told ITV News Anglia: "The show was not proving attractive to what the public wanted in sufficient numbers to make it financially viable."

The showground in Peterborough will continue to operate and still has a calendar of events and shows scheduled over the next few months.

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