Experts from across the food chain will discuss the "changing shape of Norfolk farming" at a free event in the centre of Norwich this week.

The debate at the Forum on Wednesday will explore the environmental, social and economic challenges facing farmers in a county which is crucial to the nation's food production.

The panel, chaired by nationally-renowned agri-food journalist Jez Fredenburgh, includes Doug Field, chief executive for East of England Coop, Rebecca Mayhew of Old Hall Farm near Bungay, Neil Ward, professor of rural and regional development at the UEA, Oliver Scott, farms director at Bradford Estates, and Richard Evans of the Breckland Farmers Wildlife Network.

Organisers said: "Food and farming are integral to Norfolk and its people, but face many challenges in the years ahead.

"Agriculture has a leading role to play though, in building the country’s resilience to shocks and pressures, shifting our consumption patterns, and rebuilding our natural ecosystems and biodiversity."

This event, organised by the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association and its YIELD (Young, Innovative, Enterprising, Learning and Developing) committee, starts at 7pm with refreshments from 6.30pm.

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