Farming

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.

Richard Pearson, regional director for the NFU in the North East

North East NFU to hold briefings for farmers after RPA's decision to abandon online-only application process

NFU regional director Richard Pearson says decision was welcomed by most, but next steps remain uncertain

Dame Helen Ghosh, director-general of the National Trust

NFU urges National Trust to work with tenant farmers as part of new strategy

Report, which lays out £1bn plan to protect the countryside, considers everything from threats to nature to investing in the nation's heritage

NFU better regulation adviser Lee Osborne

NFU calls for Government action as report shines light on farm inspection concerns

Red tape review highlights array of problems, from duplication to poor communication

Smith Gore's head of rural practice, Rupert Clark

North sees among highest growth in farm rents, according to new Smith Gore research

Rural property advisers say that a while slowing in growth rates was inevitable, it has been held in check by falls in input costs

Claire Bainbridge updated

Farmers in North East welcome suspension of online subsidies system

Decision to abandon system comes after weeks of complaints from farmers in the North East and further afield

Richard Pearson, regional director for the NFU in the North East

Rural and farming groups in the North East welcome new law to tackle flygrazing

New legislation allows landowners to remove horses illegally left on their land within 96 hours

George Rafferty, Chief Executive of NOF Energy, the business development organisation for oil, gas, nuclear and offshore renewables sectors

Business community gives broad welcome to Budget - but says questions remain

Business groups in the North East welcome measures on tax and investment, but want more action on transport improvements

Acorn Dairy directors Graham Tweddle and Caroline Bellwith

North East dairy chosen to take part in campaign highlighting the best businesses

Acorn Dairy is sharing the secrets of its success in a campaign run by the Business is GREAT Britain programme

Jackie Maxwell from Doddington Dairy near Wooler in Northumberland which has been announced as a finalist in the 15th BBC Food & Farming Awards

Doddington Dairy in Northumberland makes shortlist for a national award

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Cheese and ice cream-maker gets set to whip the competition after being shortlisted in BBC Food and Farming Awards

The Northumberland County Show

Hexham Auction Mart chairman appointed as Northumberland County Show judge

Brian Rogerson has been lined up to judge the champion of champions prize at the Northumberland County Show

From left, Samantha Davies from the NFU, Margaret Casey from the RPA, Malcolm Angus and Stephen Brown from NorthumberlandTrading Standards and Ben Hastings from the RPA, who took part in a discussion on farm inspections at Kirkley Hall

Over 100 farmers attend meeting on RPA inspections after failure rates soar

Speakers included Margaret Casey and Ben Hastings from the agency, as well as representatives from Trading Standards

National Farmers' Union President Meurig Raymond

Securing British farming's future under the next Government: the NFU's five policy challenges

As two Northumberland constituencies prepare to host hustings for prospective MPs, we look at the farming organisation's wishlist

Champion of Champions at the Borderway UK Dairy Expo, Richaven Goldwyn Squaw 6, with, from left, Barclay Phoenix, Hank Van Exel, Richard A Brown and Brian Richardson

Borderway UK Dairy Expo in Carlisle attracts over 400 livestock entries and 7,000 visitors

Judge Hank Van Exel confirms Holstein winner Richaven Goldwyn Squaw 6 as Champion of Champions

NFU livestock board chairman Charles Sercombe

NFU partners with The Kennel Club to encourage responsible dog walking in the countryside

New footpath signs emphasise the need for leads and vigilance when dogs are around livestock

Charlie Maclaren of the National Beef Association

National Beef Association produces new guide on dealing with disease outbreaks

NBA's Charlie Maclaren recommends limiting exposure and preventing spread should the worst case scenario occur

Acorn Dairy directors Graham Tweddle and Caroline Bellwith

Acorn Dairy backs changes to that make it easier for SMEs to win business

County Durham business praises Contracts Finder web portal, which simplifies the contract-finding process

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

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