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.

Chief executive of Red Tractor Assurance, David Clarke

North East farmers encourage Red Tractor to plough ahead with changes to assurance scheme

The region's farmers are backing proposals aiming at removing a 'weak link' in criteria for well-recognised quality mark

Northumberland farmer Hans Pörksen

Northumberland farmers meet to discuss rise in Rural Payments Agency inspection failures

Event at Kirkley Hall will include contributions from the RPA's Margaret Casey and Malcolm Angus from Trading Standards

A combine harvester at work on the 4,500 acre Ellington Estate in Northumberland

Crown Estate links up with Velcourt for new tenancy agreement at the Ellington Estate in Northumberland

First-of-its-kind move designed to encourage partnership working and investment by both landowner and farm manager

Two lambs

Keep dogs under control in the countryside during lambing season, says CLA

Landowners' organisation warns of the dangers to pregnant ewes and potential harm caused by fleeing sheep

Northumberland County Show Light Horse Championship judge Juliet Rogers

New Light Horse Championship judge announced for Northumberland County Show

Juliet Rogers is well known for her charitable work through the Moorland Mousie Trust

From left, Paul Brannen MEP with Simon Hart from Egger and landowner Iain Kyle

North East MEP plants first tree in a new commercial conifer woodland

Stripped back Wallshield application receives go-ahead after concerns over visual impact and wildlife habitats

Champion of Champions at the Borderway UK Dairy Expo 2014, Peak Goldwyn Rhapsody

Borderway UK Dairy Expo highlights the sector's best during challenging times

Thousands of visitors from around the world are expected to turn out for the UK's largest dedicated show of dairy cattle

Burradon Insomniac, who sold for 16,000gns at the Stirling Bull Sales

North East Charolais breeders return triumphant from Stirling Bull Sales

Northumberland farmers Chris Curry, Alan Lawson and the Campbell family enjoy success at world famous event

Steve Dunkley, senior regional manager at EBLEX

NBA Beef Expo 2015 to host Future Beef Farmer Challenge

Organisers invite teams and individuals from across the North East to take part in beef industry showcase event

Derek and Cindy Steen with their Ballylinney cattle

Ballylinney Beef Shorthorns to be sold at auction for the first time

Carlisle sale presents rare opportunity to purchase popular native breed owned by Lockerbie farmers, Derek and Cindy Steen

A combine harvester making it's way along a field of wheat

NFU report reveals alarming forecast for food self-sufficiency

Following 30 year downward spiral, research suggests just 53% of food needs will be met by home farms in the next 25 years

Minette Batters, NFU deputy president

NFU launches campaign to highlight the importance of food production in the UK

Pre-election campaign will be launched this week at the NFU's annual conference in Birmingham

A European badger

Farming groups hit out at Labour plan to end badger cull

Ed Miliband says his party will be the one to trust on animal welfare issues

EBLEX Breeding Services Manager Sam Boon

Charollais index updated to reduce days to slaughter

EBLEX says changes will be a 'win-win' for the breed

Lisa Tolan of The Core, Mike Botha of KJM Foods and Ellie Dowding of Food Newcastle outside The Core

Newcastle Science City holds event to examine the future of food

Future Chef, Future City event at Newcastle's Science City aims to explore food sustain ability

NFU Deputy President Minette Batters

NFU launches letter writing campaign in bid to ban sky lanterns

Farming organisation says evidence of fire risk and harm to animals is clear

Hallington Jack Eric, who was sold for 11,000 gns at the Stirling Bull Sales

Northumberland farmer's success at Stirling Bull Sales

Aberdeen-Angus, Hallington Jack Eric, attracts third highest price at world-famous event

Egger Forest Management's Dave Robson, left, with colleague Simon Hart, at work at Winnows Hill Woodland

Interim forestry grant divides opinion: Landowners and forest managers share their views

Landowners and forest managers share their views on moves by the Forestry Commission to bridge the gap between funding schemes

The NFUs new specialist adviser for farmers in Northumberland and North Durham, Samantha Davies

NFU appoints Samantha Davies as new county adviser

Samantha Davies, who farms in Ponteland, has taken over from Richard Potts who now works as a European Policy Adviser

Laura Smales with her children and new Children's Countryside Day chairman Andrew Reed

New faces and fresh ideas for Children's Countryside Day

The Glendale Agricultural Society's (GAS) renowned Children's Countryside Day has appointed a new chairman as it prepares for its 2015 event


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