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.

The Border Union Bicentenary Bursary panel

Applications sought for £160,000 fund to boost rural economy

Border Union Agricultural Society keen to support career development across agriculture, forestry, renewable energy and more

Sales and Feed adviser at Northumbrian Quality Feeds, Nikki Gilbertson

Northumbrian Quality Feeds appoints new sales and feed adviser

Nikki Gilbertson will be working directly with North East farmers, helping them improve livestock performance

Tom Woof, head of planning at H&H Land and Property

Don't give up on rejected applications, says H&H planning expert

Advisor says planning applications for the likes of wind turbines and agricultural buildings can often get the go-ahead on appeal

NFU Chief Poultry Adviser Gary Ford

North East poultry farmers warned to take extra care after avian flu outbreak

NFU recommends stringent biosecurity measures along with increased focus on cleanliness and keep wild birds away from poultry

Flooded fields

British farmers need to invest to cope with climate change, NFU says

NFU vice president Guy Smith said climate change will increasingly pose serious challenges to Britain, but addressing it could bring bring significant opportunities for British business

Limousins in the ring at last year's Northumberland County Show at its new showground at Bywell

Plans announced to improve Northumberland County Show

New classes and increased prize money on offer at region's largest agricultural event, the Northumberland County Show

Elizabeth Truss MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and rural affairs with L-R Douglas Chalmers of the CLA and Guy Opperman MP at the Northern Farming Conference in Hexham

North East farmers told to accept volatility if they want to survive

Delegates at the Northern Farming Conference told to cut production costs to adapt to changing markets

Liz Truss Environment Secretary at Hauxley Nature Reserve. Pictured with Berwick Tory candidate Anne-Marie Trevelyan, left and Mike Pratt of the Northumberland Wildlife Trust.

Rural communities in the North East will have a 'strong voice' says Liz Truss

Environment Secretary says the devolution debate is not being dominated by urban concerns and rural voices are being heard in Parliament

Elizabeth Truss MP, Secretary of State for Enviroment, Food and rural affairs at the Northern Farming Conference in Hexham

Government Minister Liz Truss told to re-consider threat to leave Europe

Environment Secretary Liz Truss warned about leaving Europe at farming conference in Hexham

Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery

North MP calls for supermarket regulation amid milk pricing controversy

Ian Lavery is calling for regulation of supermarkets to ease the volatility in the milk sector

Tim Davies, chief executive of Carr's Milling

Record profits posted at Cumbrian agriculture group Carr's Milling

Carr's Milling's revenues were affected by the mild UK winter but offset by severe weather in the US

Lynda Bellingham

Tom Gutteridge: Lynda Bellingham's wise words, as we heard them at her funeral

Journal columnist Tom Gutteridge, whose family was close to the Bellinghams, reflects on the funeral Lynda planned herself

Simon Bainbridge

Event in Northumberland aims to help farmers plan for 2015

Meeting in Wooler will discuss a range of issues for the agricultural sector

Hugh Fell and Rachel Fisher

Northumberland property man Hugh Fell helps launch rural recruitment venture

Hugh Fell and Rachel Fisher have launched Work Rural which aims to connect employers and jobseekers

Nancy Sloan, Hugh Fell, Michael Bell, Jessica Card, from Geroge F White's Duns office

North East land agent George F White moves into Scotland

North land and property specialists George F White expands into Scotland with the opening of an office in Duns

Newcastle University graduates re-use warm water from Lynemouth Power Station in Northumberland to cultivate fresh water prawns. From top: Tim Hayes and Ed Tame.

Innovative technology drives sustainable prawn farming in the North East

North East power station is fuelling sustainable prawn farming as well as heating homes

Lowther Park Farms manager Richard Price

Estate manager to speak at Northern Farming Conference

Richard Price will share his experiences of turning round the Lowther Estate in Cumbria

Agri Expo 2014 at Harrison and Hetherington, Borderway Mart

Duke of Westminster joins crowds at Borderway Agri-Expo

The Duke of Westminster joined more than 12,000 spectators at the Borderway Agri-Expo held at Carlisle mart

The self-catering cottages at Doxford Farm

Ambitious wedding venue project helps secure promising future for Doxford Farm

Doxford Barn Weddings will see the conversion of two barns into a stunning destination, offering picturesque views and locally sourced produce

NFU vice president Guy Smith

Government needs robust IT system to ease CAP transition, says NFU

Members' organisation will hold workshops throughout the North East, seeking the views of farmers and offering advice on changes


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