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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Agricultural Supervisor
Salary:
£8.50 & 12.75 Overtime
Location:
Framlingham / Woodbridge, Suffolk
You will be supervising & working with a small team of field staff walking in cereal and root crops in your local area pulling out the plants which have gone to seed. Although this is straight forward it can be very hard work & physically demanding. Excellent...
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Butchery Apprentice/Trainee
Closing Date:
1st June 2018
Salary:
Excellent rate of pay dependent on experience
Location:
Heacham, Norfolk
We are recruiting one full time butchery apprentice/trainee for our Walsingham Farm Shop in Heacham, Norfolk.
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Apprentice Gardener - Shadwell Estate
SHADWELL ESTATE COMPANY LIMITED HAS AN EXCITING OPPORTUNITY FOR AN APPRENTICE GARDENER
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Agricultural Supervisor
Salary:
£8.50 & 12.75 Overtime
Location:
Framlingham / Woodbridge, Suffolk
You will be supervising & working with a small team of field staff walking in cereal and root crops in your local area pulling out the plants which have gone to seed. Although this is straight forward it can be very hard work & physically demanding. Excellent...
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Apprentice Pig Stockperson with Genetic Solutions
Closing Date:
20th April 2018
Salary:
£200 per week
Location:
Stowmarket, Suffolk
An excellent opportunity to join a progressive, family run, pig rearing and breeding business, working across several units with scope to learn about genetics and gain a wide range skills through additional certificated training courses.
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Butcher Apprenticeship
Closing Date:
8th April 2018
Salary:
£111.00
Location:
Colchester, Essex
Ref number: VAC001369489 Candidates will be taken through a complete apprenticeship scheme with on the job training from a team of highly skilled and experienced butchers alongside which you will receive theory work and assessments culminating in a profession...
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