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New agri-tech project launched

The new project aims to take the lab to the land Credit: ITV Anglia

A new multi million pound project to help scientists and farmers work on new agri-tech projects is being launched.

The Norwich-Cambridge Agri-Tech Cluster aims to harness the scientific research that already exists in the region with the food and farming sector.

Backers of the scheme say it will take the lab to the land and translate agricultural research into improved productivity on the region's farms.

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Warning for walkers after man is trampled by cattle

A warning for dog walkers has been issued after a man was trampled by a herd of cows in Cambridgeshire. He is now fighting for his life in Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

Paramedics were called to a field at St Neots on Bank Holiday Monday after a man in his 60s was found with serious injuries. Two people have been killed and a third seriously injured in similar incidents in the past five years.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson


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."

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