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.

Adam Lowson (centre) won the amateur category at this years Durham Dry Stone Walling Competition

Teenager secures fourth win in a row at Durham Dry Stone Walling Competition

Event was organised by Durham County Council and Beamish Museum, as part of the latter's Festival of Agriculture

Seven farming families from Upper Teesdale have set up a lamb delivery business to tackle the problem of falling returns

Teesdale farming families launch Swaledale lamb delivery business

Upper Teesdale Lamb, which aims to provide good value, is created in midst of criticism over lack of British lamb in supermarkets

Allendale and Hexhamshire Common

North East Dons to present Tory conference with manifesto for the countryside

Newcastle University academics say an opportunity is being missed to build upon the North East rural economy

Victoria Lancaster

Advice offered on future proofing North East farms through renewable energy

H&H Land and Property is joining forces with number of organisations for event in County Durham

NFU President Peter Kendall

Farmers' leader Peter Kendall at heart of climate change summit

Former NFU chief highlights role of the agriculture sector in tackling environmental harm

The Harrison & Hetherington Agri-Expo 2013, held at Borderway Mart, Carlisle

Major breed shows and top cash prizes on offer at Borderway Agri-Expo

Livestock event at the Borderway Exhibition Centre in Carlisle last year attracted more than 750 entries, many of them from the younger generation

Judy Willis, the new Events Organiser and Show Secretary at Northumberland County Show

Judy Willis announced as new Northumberland County Show event organiser and secretary

Former police force worker Judy Willis has been named as the successor to Gaynor Scandle

Paul Brannen

Labour MEP to meet regularly with Northumberland farmers

Paul Brannen, who has met with a delegation of NFU members, says he will listen closely when it comes to issues affecting North East farming

James Cookson of Meldon Park Estate

North East's £40m forestry sector celebrated at Forestry and Firewood Fair

Forestry and Firewood Fair set to attract landowners, farmers and those with an interest in wood burning as sector continues to thrive

A rural farming scene

Would-be tenant farmers in Northumberland to receive coaching from the NFU

Agricultural body offers advice for those interested in securing mixed arable/livestick farms and developing upland farming businesses

A farmer harvests the last of his wheat crop

NFU spells out priorities ahead of 2015 General Election

NFU Northumberland County Chairman David Robson says suggested steps are "practical and easily implementable"

Rod Smith of Beal Farm with agronomist, Eric Horsburgh

Sowing the seeds of success: Beal Farm shares its secrets

Berwick-upon-Tweed farmer Rod Smith discusses the factors that have influenced his impressive yields of wheat

Chris Armstrong from Hexham Mart selling Texels at the Kelso Ram Sales

New records set at Kelso Ram Sales

Organisers see 'encouraging signs' in sheep trade as records tumble at annual sale

Charlie Maclaren of the National Beef Association

Pay attention and be prepared to help stock through winter, says NBA board member

Charlie Maclaren offers advice on everything from diet to spotting the effects of Mycotoxins

CLA North regional director Dorothy Fairburn

Moves afoot to tackle the scourge of fly-grazing in the region

Charities and countryside organisations discuss the problems caused by a growing practice and call for a change in the law to tackle it

David Hume, rural business consultant at George F. White

David Hume: How farmers can tackle market volatility

David Hume, rural business consultant at George F. White, discusses how farmers can tackle the problem of market volatility

Nick Brown MP, a former Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

North East MPs join new parliamentary group focused on UK dairy sector

Work of cross-party group will include an inquiry into the sustainable competitiveness of the dairy industry in the UK

James Cookson of Meldon Park Estate

Industry experts set to speak at Northumberland forestry trade event

The Forestry and Firewood Fair, held at Meldon Park Estate near Morpeth has unveiled a programme of high calibre speakers

James Bendle

Trade SPS entitlements now, North East farmers advised

New Basic Payment Scheme values expected to be significantly lower, H&H Land and Property warns

Charlie Maclaren of the National Beef Association

NBA board member says two years better than three when it comes to calving

Charlie Maclaren of The National Beef Association offers advice on how farmers can take a different approach


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