Farming in Northumberland and County Durham is big business and the largely rural counties focus on a variety of farming from remote upland sheep farms to dairy farming and even honey farms. The Journal brings you all the latest news on North East farming with all the issues affecting the industry.

A scene from Addicted to Sheep

Tickets available for Teesdale hill farming documentary screening at Durham

Latimer Hinks Solicitors is giving people the chance to see Addicted to Sheep at the Gala Theatre in Durham

Dr Jane Sullivan of Newton Rigg College

New director appointed at Newton Rigg College

Dr Jane Sullivan has experience working at several colleges in the North, as well as spending 15 years at AstraZeneca

Chris Mallon, chief executive of the NBA

NBA welcomes Red Tractor meeting on proposed assurance changes

Northumberland-based members' organisation seeks clarity over impact of new rules

Paul Brannen MEP

MEP Paul Brannen adds voice to the dairy debate

Paul Brannen MEP has visited a dairy farm in Northumberland to see firsthand the impact of the recent milk price crisis

John Rowland, manager Low Beckside Farm, Newton Rigg College at work in the uplands

Grassland focus for first northern uplands conference

Business opportunities, succession plans and innovation on the agenda for event on February 5

Lord Michael Heseltine

CLA North backs call for National Parks to help grow economy

National Park Authorities want to work with LEPs to ensure long-term sustainability of rural businesses

NFU vice president Guy Smith

Risk-based approach must be taken on endocrine disruptors

NFU suggests farm profitability could be hit if 'precautionary' measures are implemented

Peter Hull, commercial manager of H&H Land and Property

Former Farmway chief executive takes up role at H&H

Peter Hull will be responsible for helping develop the business, formulating new strategies and policies

Marley Cote Walls farm at Slaley, Northumberland

Protection urged for dairy farmers due to sharp falls in the price of milk

MPs say farmers need greater protection and call for increased powers for grocery adjudicator

FSB North East regional chairman Ted Salmon

FSB concerns over 'two-speed online economy'

Business organisation calls for a rethink on Government broadband strategy, after research uncovers dissatisfaction in rural areas

Rob Harrison, NFU dairy board chairman

Milk price cuts are a growing threat to the dairy industry

Farmers from the North East say recent milk price cuts cut see more and more people leaving the industry

Hugh Fell of George F White

Land agent Hugh Fell retires from George F. White

Managing partner help grow and diversify land and property specialists over three decade career

Paul Brannen

North East MEPs vote on GM move

NFU warns new rules could discourage investment in UK-relevant crop biotechnology

Tim Davies, Carr's Milling Industries chief executive

Carr's Milling reports 'encouraging' business performance

Agriculture, food and engineering company continues to innovate in challenging times, says chief executive

Rob Harrison, NFU dairy board chairman

Dairy sector suffering as crippling price cuts leave their mark, says NFU

Diary board chairman compares working in the sector to "taking body blow after body blow"

Chris Mallon, chief executive of the NBA

Hexham-based National Beef Association revises terms after industry consultation

Organisation says it wants to encourage "amicable settling of issues" without recourse to legal proceedings where possible

Seagulls follow a tractor ploughing fields

Report questions competitiveness of UK farming

Report from the Oxford Farming Conference highlights good practice but says the country as a whole is falling behind

Northumberland farmer Malcolm Corbett

Wool Marketing Board seeks new Northern representative after Northumberland farmer steps down

Northumberland Hill farmer Malcolm Corbett, who is stepping down, says body is crucial in giving sheep farmers a collective voice

Acorn Dairy directors Graham Tweddle and Caroline Bellwith at the company's Darlington base

Acorn Dairy rebrands to improve visibility in marketplace

Acorn Dairy has rebranded its products with a fresh, new look as it seeks to improve visibility in a competitive marketplace

From left, general manager Simon Hart, area manager Dave Robson and harvesting site supervisor Ben Drake at Winnows Hill Woodland

Egger launches forest certification scheme

Certified timber can maximise prices for woodland owners, while highlighting sustainability credentials


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