Challenge ahead for Northumberland farmers

The summer promises to be a busy and challenging time for Northumberland NFU, according to the union's new Northumberland county adviser Richard Potts

A rural farming scene
A rural farming scene

The summer promises to be a busy and challenging time for Northumberland NFU, according to the union’s new Northumberland county adviser Richard Potts.

Potts started his new role in November and six months on, says he is already building a busy schedule of issue-led meetings for members covering on issues as diverse as rural crime, upland farming and recent changes to tax and PAYE systems.

Based in NFU Mutual Office in Hexham, Potts says his main objective is to build a strong link between grassroots members and the NFU at county, regional, national and European level.

“Understanding the issues faced by farmers on the ground is crucial if we are to effectively represent farmers across all sectors and all areas of England,” he said.

“My role is central to that and I’ve spent the first six months getting out and about, meeting as many members as possible and working with our existing Group Secretary team to develop an ambitious programme of activity.

“In the coming months, we will be meeting MPs and other key decision-makers to discuss a raft of issues from CAP to Bovine TB.”

The next county meeting will be held tomorrow and will take the form of a farm walk and BBQ hosted by county chairman David Robson, East Shafto, Morpeth.

Anyone wanting more details can contact Richard on 01434 400004.

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