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Food producers win regional awards

Three food producers in the region have won the East of England Co-op's Producer of the Year awards.

Colin Gray, Director of Rossi Ice Cream

Rossi Ice Cream from Southend have scooped the Essex award. Buxton Potato Company have won for Norfolk and Lane Farm Country Foods from Brundish, near Woodbridge, have been voted producer of the year for Suffolk.

Tim Briscoe from Buxton Potato Company

All three producers now go through to the national finals.

The Whitehead family from Lane Farm Country Foods

Rural crime warning

Farmers are being urged to be on their guard against rural crime Credit: ITV Anglia

Farmers are being warned to step up their security to counter an expected rise in rural crime.

The Country Land and Business Association says October and November are statistically the two months of the year when crime in the countryside is at its highest.

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

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.

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