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RPA nearly two months ahead of SPS targets

11:39am Friday 30th January 2015

THE Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has exceeded its end of March 2014 Single Payment Scheme (SPS) target more than two months ahead of schedule.

Wold Top Brewery in running to win £30,000 grant

Darlington and Stockton Times: Wold Top Brewery directors, from Left, Gill Mellor, Alex Balchin, Kate Balchin and Tom Mellor

7:17am Friday 30th January 2015

A FAMILY-RUN North Yorkshire brewery is in the running to win £30,000 of government support.

Hardy Luing cattle find new home in Cumbria

Darlington and Stockton Times: David Harpley, of Cumbria Wildlife Trust, left, and Newton Rigg farm manager Jonathan Fisher with the Luing heifers grazing on Eycott Hill

7:02am Friday 30th January 2015

A HARDY breed of beef cattle have found pastures new on a fellside above Penrith.

Teesside company wins regional award

Darlington and Stockton Times: Colin Simpson, business development director of Tomlinson Hall receives the SME of the Year award and cheque for £2,000 from Wayne Baxter, managing director of award sponsors Haden Freeman Ltd.

1:29pm Thursday 29th January 2015

A TEESSIDE company is enjoying success at home and abroad.

Renewable energy plant wins European approval

Darlington and Stockton Times: An artists impression of the new plant

1:27pm Thursday 29th January 2015

THE £600mTees Renewable Energy Plant has received crucial European Commission approval.

Subsea firm set to axe 45 jobs as oil prices fall

1:24pm Thursday 29th January 2015

A specialist subsea firm expects to make 45 staff redundant as it fights the impact of falling oil prices and the Government's failure to stop UK offshore work going to foreign rivals.

Fly-tippers could have vehicles seized

12:21pm Thursday 29th January 2015

PLANS to seize the vehicles of people caught fly-tipping have won the support of the Country Land and Business Association in the North.

NBA renews call for an agricultural ombudsman

Darlington and Stockton Times: Chris Mallon, NBA chief executive

1:31pm Wednesday 28th January 2015

THE National Beef Association (NBA) has renewed its call for the appointment of an Agricultural Ombudsman.

Meeting on possible changes to Red Tractor Assured beef

12:41pm Wednesday 28th January 2015

A MEETING to discuss proposed changes to the Red Tractor Assurance (RTA) scheme for beef takes place at Skipton auction mart on Tuesday (3rd) at 6pm.


5:41pm Tuesday 27th January 2015

THREE-QUARTERS of farmers who attended lameness meetings across Eblex’s 19 sheep focus farms plan to change their management practices as a result of what they learnt.

Future Farmers debate

5:37pm Tuesday 27th January 2015

CAN agriculture continue to take money from the public purse is the subject of the next debate organised by the Future Farmers of Yorkshire group.

Prospective Richmond MP to hold Farmers' Forum

Darlington and Stockton Times: Rishi Sunak with Stephen Wyrill on his dairy farm

8:17am Friday 23rd January 2015

RISHI Sunak, Conservative prospective parliamentary candidate for Richmond, is to hold a "Farmers Forum" at Northallerton auction mart on Wednesday (28) at 7pm.

Middlesbrough College's engineering centre to create up to 35 jobs

Darlington and Stockton Times: College principal Zoe Lewis and STEM centre Director Ian Smith in front of the new building

8:02am Friday 23rd January 2015

THE opening of a £12m engineering centre at Middlesbrough College could create up to 35 jobs.

Farmers learn about education project at Gazegill Organics Farm

Darlington and Stockton Times: Dales farmers visit Gazegill Organic Farm with the Yorkshire Dales Millenium Trust

8:02am Friday 23rd January 2015

FARMERS from the Yorkshire Dales ventured into Lancashire to discover how one farm is caring for nature – and people.

New owners of Lingfield business park reveal £30m plan

2:28pm Thursday 22nd January 2015

THE new owners of Lingfield Point Business Park in Darlington have revealed a £30m five year plan to attract new businesses and build new offices, warehousing and housing.

Calls for electrification of region's rail network

Darlington and Stockton Times: Sandy  Anderson, chairman of Tees Valley Unlimited

2:28pm Thursday 22nd January 2015

LOCAL authority leaders and Tees Valley Unlimited (TVU) have called for a comprehensive electrification of the rail network in the North East to help unlock its economic potential.

Rob joins finance company

Darlington and Stockton Times: (14171527)

2:26pm Thursday 22nd January 2015

ROB Hatfield (pictured) has been appointed North East regional sales director, for Close Brothers Invoice Finance, part of the Close Brothers Group.

Second award for retirement village

Darlington and Stockton Times: Staff celebrate receiving their second gold Investment  In People award

2:25pm Thursday 22nd January 2015

DIRECTORS, managers and staff at Middleton Hall Retirement Village are celebrating after being awarded the Investors in People (IIP) Gold standard for a second time – putting them into an elite one per cent of IIP accredited companies.

Southdale takes on apprentices

2:20pm Thursday 22nd January 2015

SOUTHDALE the construction and development specialist wants to recruit 40 apprentices by the end of March.

News briefs

2:10pm Thursday 22nd January 2015

LANDLORDS of tenant dairy farmers have been urged to review how much they charge in rents.

Morrisons signs new milk contracts

5:10pm Wednesday 21st January 2015

MORRISONS has agreed new three-year contracts for liquid milk with Arla Foods, the farmer owned co-operative, and Dairy Crest.

RPA steps up Basic Payment Scheme registering

3:43pm Wednesday 21st January 2015

MORE than 82 per cent of England's farm and agricultural agents and advisors have registered on the new rural payments service as a first step to help their clients claim the new Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) in 2015.

Working with young people

3:44pm Tuesday 20th January 2015

YOUNG and old are invited to a special event looking at how introducing younger people to the farm can benefit them and the farmer.

Dairy farmers need greater protection – MPs

12:25pm Tuesday 20th January 2015

DAIRY farmers need greater protection against rapid cuts in milk prices, MPs argue in a new report.

North Yorkshire farm land sells for £15,000 an acre

2:34pm Monday 19th January 2015

TWO North Yorkshire County Council farms have sold at auction for up to £15,000 an acre.

Agents register for new online payments service

10:58am Monday 19th January 2015

MORE than half of England's farm and agricultural agents and advisors have registered on the new rural payments service as a first step to helping their clients claim under the new Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) in 2015.

Northern Uplands conference to be staged

3:12pm Friday 16th January 2015

THE NFU and Eblex will stage their first Northern Uplands Conference next month.

Newtons Solicitors predicts further expansion after record-breaking 2014

Darlington and Stockton Times: Chris Newton

9:02am Friday 16th January 2015

A RAPIDLY growing solicitors firm is predicting further expansion after a record breaking 2014.

EU delivers new powers to ban GM crops

9:01am Friday 16th January 2015

THE European Parliament has voted by 480 votes to 159 to make it easier for Member States to ban the growing of GM crops.

Earthmill offers deal to invest in wind turbines

Darlington and Stockton Times: Steve Milner, Earthmill

8:02am Friday 16th January 2015

EARTHMILL, the Wetherby-based wind turbine business, has launched a UK record £2.5m crowd-funded investment that enables individuals to invest in farm-scale turbines.

Coming year holds hope for sheep farmers, says wool board

8:01am Friday 16th January 2015

THE coming year holds much hope for British sheep farmers, according to the British Wool Marketing Board (BWMB).

Changes to agricultural tenancies mean more liabilities for landlords

Darlington and Stockton Times: Duncan Clarke of Strutt & Parker's Harrogate office.

5:38pm Thursday 15th January 2015

PROPOSED changes to agricultural tenancies regulations will place new liabilities on landlords and place greater emphasis on the modernisation, repair and maintenance of fixed equipment, warns Duncan Clarke of Strutt & Parker’s Harrogate office.

HSE urges businesses to make wellbeing of workers top priority

3:05pm Thursday 15th January 2015

THE Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is marking its 40th anniversary with an appeal for the region's businesses to make the wellbeing of workers their top priority for the new financial year.

January 31 deadline looms for tax return forms

2:55pm Thursday 15th January 2015

PEOPLE with self assessment tax returns have been reminded not to miss the January 31 deadline for their return.

Peter Hull joins H&H Land and Property

Darlington and Stockton Times: Peter Hull has been appointed commercial manager for H&H Land and Property

1:51pm Thursday 15th January 2015

PETER Hull, the former chief executive of Farmway, has been appointed commercial manager of H&H Land and Property.

Hugh Fell announces his retirement

Darlington and Stockton Times: Hugh Fell

12:32pm Thursday 15th January 2015

HUGH Fell is to step down as managing partner of George F White.

Milk market volatility is the new normal

12:48pm Tuesday 13th January 2015

MARKET volatility on the world stage is "the new normal", Gwynn Jones, AHDB dairy sector chairman, told the Semex conference this week.

New market opportunities for farmers

11:12am Tuesday 13th January 2015

THE public's growing interest in where their food comes from could create new market opportunities for farmers.

Check your trees

5:13pm Monday 12th January 2015

FARMERS and landowners have been advised to check the condition of roadside trees and those in public places following the recent gales.

National title for apprentice Jake

Darlington and Stockton Times: Jake Caldwell

4:04pm Monday 12th January 2015

DARLINGTON apprentice Jake Caldwell beat off competition from all over the country to win a national award for apprentices in the steeplejack industry.

Sixty dairy farmers quit in December

11:17am Monday 12th January 2015

THE number of dairy farmers in England and Wales has halved since 2002 with 60 giving up milk production in December alone.

Award for outstanding service to the sheep industry

Darlington and Stockton Times: David Croston has won the 2014 George Hedley memorial Award for outstanding contribution to the sheep industry.

10:23am Monday 12th January 2015

THE winner of the 2014 George Hedley Memorial Award for outstanding service to the sheep industry has been announced as David Croston.

Estate management appointment

Darlington and Stockton Times: Matthew Williamson has joined Land Factor

3:58pm Friday 9th January 2015

MATTHEW Williamson has joined Bywell-based Land Factor as an associate specialising in estate management.

NFU meets First Milk

1:54pm Friday 9th January 2015

THE NFU met First Milk this morning following yesterday's shock announcement that it was delaying its January 12th milk cheque payment by two weeks.

NFU meets First Milk

1:53pm Friday 9th January 2015

THE NFU met First Milk this morning following yesterday's shock announcement that it was delaying its January 12th milk cheque payment by two weeks.

First Milk delays January 12th milk cheque

11:08am Friday 9th January 2015

FIRST Milk is to defer payment of itsJanuary 12th milk cheque to dairy farmers for two weeks.

Barker and Stonehouse partners British Heart Foundation

Darlington and Stockton Times: Barker and Stonehouse are donating furniture to the British Heart Foundation shop in Middlesbrough. Pictured is Vince Lithgo, operations manager B&S (right), and David Ayre, BHF area manager

8:02am Friday 9th January 2015

ONE of the region’s largest furniture retailers increased its recycling efforts by 15 per cent last year, and has struck up a new partnership with the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

More stands at second machinery show

Darlington and Stockton Times: Visitors at last year's YAMS event

8:02am Friday 9th January 2015

THE second Yorkshire Agricultural Machinery Show (YAMS) promises to be even better and bigger than the successful 2014 inaugural event.

Business briefs

8:01am Friday 9th January 2015

TRESKE , the independent furniture and kitchen manufacturer of Thirsk, has been praised for its "magnificent" work at St John’s Church in Hatfield, Hertfordshire.

Productivity in the countryside could grow faster than urban areas

8:01am Friday 9th January 2015

PRODUCTIVITY could grow faster in the countryside over the next decade than in urban areas, according to the government.


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