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Milk protesters take cows INTO Stafford supermarket

Dairy farmers protesting over the price they're paid for their milk have taken cows into a supermarket in Stafford.

The National Farmers Union say the supermarkets don't have a sustainable model for what they charge the consumer for the milk, or what the farmers actually get back.

A number of police were called to the ASDA superstore in Stafford, but the protesters have now left.

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Busiest time for region's Brussels sprout farmers

George Read says he's expecting to sell two thousand tonnes of them this week alone Credit: ITV News Central

Sprout farmers in Lincolnshire have been enjoying what they say is their busiest week of the year.

75 arctic lorry loads of vegetables will be leaving George Read's site Credit: ITV News Central

Farmer George Read says he's expecting to sell two thousand tonnes of them this week alone - fourteen times the usual volume.

Our busiest day we've probably got 75 arctic lorry loads of vegetables leaving our site, so just a huge week for us and a huge demand for vegetables and sprouts in particular.

– Farmer George Read
Sprout farmers in Lincolnshire have been enjoying what they say is their busiest week of the year. Credit: ITV News Central

Modern technology keeps potatoes on our plates in peak condition

Our staple food for thousands of years, but now modern technology is keeping the potatoes on our plates in peak condition.

There is a long term downward trend in potato sales - now we can choose from pasta, rice, even quinoa - and then there are concerns about carbs - so farmers in the Midlands are turning to tech when the chips are down. Hannah Stokes explains.

Out-take! Cow spooks reporter during piece to camera

During filming at the farming show at the NEC in Birmingham today - ITV News Central reporter Rajiv Popat got slightly spooked by one of the show's participants!

During his piece to camera next to a paddock full of cows, one crept up behind him and gave him quite a shock - watch the video above for his BLEEPING reaction!

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Robotic milking machines & the farming revolution

Farmers are embracing the latest technologies to make their farms more efficient and productive, and that means using everything from robotic milking machines, to drones to monitor livestock.

They say the industry is becoming increasingly competitive and moving with the times is the key to boosting profits. Rajiv Popat reports from the NEC in Birmingham.

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Floods cost Worcestershire farmer more than £61k

Stephen Watkins' farm was badly affected by the flooding Credit: ITV News Central

A farmer in Worcestershire says he is more than £61,000 out of pocket because of this year's floods.

Stephen Watkins, who has a farm in Severn Stoke, has cleared three of his fields, but still has 53 more to go.

Stephen Watkins' farm looked like this a month ago Credit: ITV News Central

Later today, the Farming Minister, George Eustice MP, will appear before a select committee to answer questions about the recent floods.

Ploughing match raises money for flooded farmers

One of today's competitors taking part in the fundraising ploughing match Credit: ITV News Central/Keith Wilkinson

Farmers from across the region have taken part in a ploughing match to raise money for their colleagues hit by recent flooding in the Midlands & the South West.

More than 70 historic tractors took part in the match to raise money for farms affected by flooding Credit: ITV News Central/Keith Wilkinson

The event at Elm's Wood farm in Market Bosworth on the Leicestershire & Warwickshire border was organised by the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution.

One of the newer tractors and ploughs being used in today's contest Credit: ITV News Central/Keith Wilkinson

More than 70 farmers took part using some of the latest, and the oldest technology to plough their section of field.

A manually controlled plough from the 1920s when digging up a field was a two man job Credit: ITV News Central/Keith Wilkinson

Worcester farmer loses crops due to floods

Much of Worcestershire has been under water since the Severn burst its banks Credit: Environment Agency

A farmer in Worcester says he has lost the majority of his crops following the severe flooding.

Stephen Watkins was hit in 2007 but says this time round it has been even worse.

He says whole trees have fallen into the river, causing it to slow down and spill over onto his wheat, spring onions, peas and beans crops.

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