About Farming and Food

Farms across East Anglia are often the starting point for food that ends up in shopping baskets and on plates across the country.

Farming and food is a major sector in the region with East Anglia being classed as Britain's breadbasket. The climate, landscape and soil here is ideal for growing wheat, barley, sugar beet, potatoes and many other crops. Our rural economy accounts for 12% of all England’s cereal production, 20% of the UK’s vegetables, 20% of its potatoes and 50% of its sugar beet, but its not just about cereals and crops

Our region also produces 25% of the UK pig herd and 20% of the poultry. Laying hens produce about 107 million eggs per year and about a quarter of chicken for the table comes from our region.

The Farming and Food sector is what keeps us all fed – from fruit and vegetables to meat – it’s all about producing and growing food in a way that ensures there is enough for everyone and that it’s affordable.

Research is also a large part of the farming and food sector, it is essential to create the best conditions possible and invent new ways of doing things that makes food production quicker and more reliable.

With all of this happening, the sector is a significant employer in East Anglia with more than 39,000 people working directly in farming and many more indirectly in areas such as livestock feed, research and development and engineering. Follow the various links on this page for further information about what you could do.

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There are nearly 280,000 farms in the UK.

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A career as a Farm Business Administrator
Farm secretary, agricultural business administrator, rural business administrator: whatever the label it’s a fantastic job. With the ever-changing dynamics of agriculture, the need for trained and experienced farm administrators has never been greater.
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Careers in Agriculture - Technology
This film is one in a collection of films about careers in agriculture financed by the Felix Thornley Cobbold Agricultural Trust http://www.felixcobboldtrust.org.uk The films were made by Green Shoots Productions https://www.green-shoots.org
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Field Worker
Closing Date:
28th September 2018
Salary:
Various
Location:
Framlingham / Woodbridge, Suffolk
We require staff for various field working tasks such as walking crops pulling out wild oats etc. Although the work is straightforward it can be physically demanding. You may choose which days you want to work. We have work available Mondays to Fridays unt...
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Field Worker
Closing Date:
28th September 2018
Salary:
Various
Location:
Ipswich, Suffolk
We require staff for various field working tasks such as walking crops pulling out wild oats etc. Although the work is straightforward it can be physically demanding. You may choose which days you want to work. We have work available Mondays to Fridays unt...
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JOB VACANCY - Ruse & Son -Trainee Butcher
Closing Date:
31st July 2018
Salary:
Minimum wage
Location:
Long Melford, Sudbury, Suffolk
Traditional Butchers shop seeking a young person age 17 + to train as a butcher. Full training provided through MEAT in Ipswich and in house. 23 hours per week plus training. Please contact Steve New on 01787 378227
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Apprentice for mixed farming estate
Easton & Otley College are advertising on behalf of a local employer seeking a farming apprentice Wanted: Hard working individual with some experience required for arable work and work with cattle and sheep. Minimum 39 hour week, but hours will differ due t...
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