NFU NORTHUMBERLAND members are being invited to meet new Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird.
As part of the Give Rural Crime the Boot campaign, she has been invited to speak at the next county meeting on January 30.
She will discuss her plans for tackling rural crime and members will be able to raise their concerns with Ms Baird directly.
County chairman David Robson said: “Thanks to our regional campaign on rural crime, we have had the chance to have a reasonable debate with Northumbria Police about key issues such as the local Farm Watch scheme.
“But the election of the new Police and Crime Commissioners represents a whole new way of working and we are keen to ensure that Mrs Baird understands the importance of maintaining and if possible increasing the focus on tackling rural crime – which in Northumberland alone is estimated to have cost £7.8m in 2011.
“We’re pleased that Mrs Baird has accepted this invitation to come and speak to us and I hope to see a good turnout of members.”
The meeting takes place on January 30 at 7.30pm at Hexham Auction Mart, Tyne Green, Hexham.
It is open to all NFU members.