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.

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

Paul Brannen, North East Labour MEP

Paul Brannen: The North East may not be a big exporter to Russia - but we need to beware

North East MEP on events at the European parliament, including concerns over the ban on food imports from Russia sparked by the Ukraine crisis

Jonathan Watson with the Tweeddale Charlois herd

Berwick Charolais herd named most improved in England

EBLEX congratulates owners Brian Redhead and Jonathan Watson as the Most Improved Herd of Charolais Cattle in England for 2014

R.A.B.I fundraisers, from left, Helen Bacon, Fred Ryle, Stoker Frater, Tania Conway, Lucy Armstrong, Jill McGregor, Tom Armstrong, Warwick Milne

Northumberland fund raisers praised for contributions to farming charity

North East events help Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution nearly triple income

A display of vintage farm equipment will be a major feature of this year's Bowes Show

Vintage farm equipment display among Bowes Show highlights

Classic farm machinery enthusiast Paul Coppen will illustrate technical progress throughout the years at Bowes Show

CLA North regional director Dorothy Fairburn

North East rural and agricultural groups call for crackdown on 'fly-grazing' horses

A new report highlights the growing problem of irresponsible horse owners 'fly-grazing' their horses in the North East

Tim Sedgewick

Durham-based rural surveyor warns farm sales can be far from straightforward

A surveyor from H&H Land and Property has warned that a wide range of factors need to be considered in the modern farm and land market

Cows in a milking suite

European Commission takes action to curb impact of Russian import ban on North East dairy producers

The Commission has opened Private Storage Aid for producers of butter, Skimmed Milk Powder (SMP) and certain cheeses


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