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Sarah York makes history as appointed president of Yorkshire Agricultural Society

Darlington and Stockton Times: Sarah York the newly appointed President of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society

3:06pm Friday 31st July 2015

SARAH York has made history in becoming president of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society.

Rishi Sunak, Richmond MP, joins Efra select committee

Darlington and Stockton Times: Rishi Sunak, MP for Richmond

2:55pm Friday 31st July 2015

RICHMOND MP Rishi Sunak (pictured) has become a member of the Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs Select (EFRA) Committee in the House of Commons.

Applicants invited for Tees Valley business awards

Darlington and Stockton Times: Terry and Amanda Goldspink of Evolution Forwarding with the Best New Business Award Tees Valley in 2013.

2:40pm Friday 31st July 2015

ENTRIES are invited for the Best New Business Awards Tees Valley.

NFU warns of tough times ahead for dairy farmers

7:49am Friday 31st July 2015

DAIRY farmers have been warned of an "extremely difficult" autumn and winter ahead.

Newton Rigg College student wins two key awards

Darlington and Stockton Times: Lyndon Howson and his Newton Rigg Society Special Recognition Award with Newton Rigg Society chairman Frank Chester

7:03am Friday 31st July 2015

A STUDENT from Teesdale won two key awards at Newton Rigg College's annual awards ceremony.

Supermarkets policies are forcing sheep farmers to reconsider future, says NSA

3:04pm Thursday 30th July 2015

SUPERMARKETS have been warned that low prices are forcing many sheep farmers to consider their future.

News briefs

Darlington and Stockton Times: News briefs

3:03pm Thursday 30th July 2015

THE Suffolk National Sheep Sale at Shrewsbury saw strong demand with a 21,000gns top price paid for a ram lamb from Myfyr Evans’ Rhaeadr pen, a son of the 90,000gns Ardlea Arbennig. He sold to Mary-Julia Cornish of Devon.

Charolais breeder re-elected as chairman of breed society

Darlington and Stockton Times: Steven Nesbitt of Winston has been re-elected chairman of the British Charolais Cattle Society.

2:52pm Thursday 30th July 2015

PEDIGREE Charolais breeder Steven Nesbitt, of Winston, near Darlington, has been re-elected chairman of the cattle breed society.

Registration needed for game birds, says Defra

2:46pm Thursday 30th July 2015

FARMERS and landowners who put down more than 50 game birds for a shoot must sign up to the Defra poultry register or risk breaching cross compliance requirements and significant financial penalties.

Interbreed champion at Great Yorkshire Show, Tweeddale Hawkeye, to be sold at Carlisle

Darlington and Stockton Times: Tweeddale Hawkeye – British Blue Champion and Interbreed Champion at this year's Great Yorkshire Show

2:44pm Thursday 30th July 2015

BIDDERS have the chance to buy the interbreed champion beef animal from this year's Great Yorkshire Show.

David Cameron promises to simplify farm inspection process

2:41pm Thursday 30th July 2015

PRIME Minister David Cameron promised to streamline the farm inspection process when he attended last week's Royal Welsh Show in Powys.

Top chef joins Middlesbrough College to help deliver top-class training

Darlington and Stockton Times: Top chef Frances Atkins joins the team at Middlesbrough College

2:38pm Thursday 30th July 2015

ONE of the UK’s top female chefs has joined forces with Middlesbrough College.

Added innovation to Roundhouse in the form of a straw spreader

Darlington and Stockton Times: The Roundhouse with the straw bedder

2:37pm Thursday 30th July 2015

A REVOLUTIONARY farm building has become even more innovative with the installation of an automated 2.5-tonne straw spreader.

Wensleydale Show to benefit from new sponsorship deal and trophy

Darlington and Stockton Times: Bob Dixon(left) chairman of Wensleydale Agricultural Show with Peter Collins of Lowes Financial Management sponsoring a new supreme cattle champion

7:03am Friday 17th July 2015

A dales agricultural show has been given a further financial sponsorship deal and a new trophy.

ADHB event offers advice on latest developments in soil health

Darlington and Stockton Times: David Blacker

2:49pm Thursday 16th July 2015

GROWERS heard about the latest developments at monitor farmer David Blacker’s holding near York at a meeting organised by AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds.

Earthmill expands renewable energy base into heat and power

Darlington and Stockton Times: Steve Milner in the Earthmill office

2:35pm Thursday 16th July 2015

EARTHMILL, the leading farm wind turbine company, has diversified into the rapidly growing combined heat and power (CHP) renewable energy market.

Drinking coffee can help your plants

2:32pm Thursday 16th July 2015

COSTA coffee shops nationwide have launched an initiative that allows customers to request used coffee grounds for use in their gardens as a natural plant fertiliser.

Standard Life acquires financial planning business

Darlington and Stockton Times: From left, managing director of 1825, Tim Johnson, who was previously managing director of Pearson Jones Plc, and his deputy, Peter Heckingbottom, who is deputy managing director and investment director of 1825

2:32pm Thursday 16th July 2015

A BISHOP Auckland-based financial planning business has taken on a new guise after being acquired by Standard Life.

North Yorkshire dairy farm beats 600 to win Promar award

Darlington and Stockton Times: Thomas Hildreth (left) receives the Milkminder Manager of the Year award from James Dunn, Promar managing director.

4:57pm Wednesday 15th July 2015

A NORTH Yorkshire dairy farm has beaten 600 others to win the 2015 Promar Milkminder Manager of the Year award.

BWMB hosts successful visit by Chinese delegation

Darlington and Stockton Times: Chinese delegates visit North of England Wools Grading Depot, Bradford

4:52pm Wednesday 15th July 2015

A VISIT by a Chinese delegation to see how the British wool industry operates at every level proved a success.

Kitsons Butchers, of Northallerton, win snap up reserve champion

Darlington and Stockton Times: Paul Baines with the July prime cattle reserve champion which was one of three acquisitions by Kitsons Butchers, Northallerton.

8:06am Friday 10th July 2015

KITSONS Butchers of Northallerton snapped up the reserve champion, plus two other top entries at Skipton mart’s July prime cattle show on Monday.

Bignall Group installs one of largest roof top solar panel arrays in UK

Darlington and Stockton Times: Rooftop view of the Bignall Group's solar photo-voltaic energy system

7:21am Friday 10th July 2015

A LEADING UK manufacturing and engineering group in County Durham has installed one of the largest roof top arrays of solar panels in the country.

Small farms offered chance to join The Prince's Dairy Initiative

7:18am Friday 10th July 2015

SMALL dairy farms in a part of North Yorkshire have the chance to join a scheme which offers free support and business advice.

Students at Askham Bryan College selected to study beef production

Darlington and Stockton Times: The photo shows (far right) Oliver White, Tour Co-ordinator and college research officer with (l-r) Oliver Inman of Wiggington, Sam Abel from near Bedale, Tom Elliott of  Tadcaster and Tom Parvin of Sessay in the college beef unit.

7:09am Friday 10th July 2015

A UNIQUE insight into all aspects of beef production is on the cards for four agriculture students from Askham Bryan College.

Riverford wins Observer's Ethical Product of the Decade

Darlington and Stockton Times: Peter Richardson of Riverford Home Farm.

2:24pm Thursday 9th July 2015

RIVERFORD, the organic veg box producer, has won the Ethical Product of the Decade title at the Observer Ethical Awards.

CLA describes budget as 'major blow' to rural family businesses

2:15pm Thursday 9th July 2015

THE Chancellor's budget has been described as a major blow to rural family businesses by the Country Land and Business Association (CLA).

Pearsons Farm Supplies celebrates tenth anniversary

Darlington and Stockton Times: Managing director Chris Pearson is pictured right on stage at Pearsons Farm Supplies’ 10th anniversary open day with guest speaker Gareth Wyn Jones far left.

2:15pm Thursday 9th July 2015

AN OPEN day to celebrate a firm's 10th anniversary proved a resounding success with about 1,000 people attending.

Dohertys delighted as six-month-old pup sells for best ever price at Skipton

Darlington and Stockton Times: Padraig Doherty, left, with his 1,850gns pup, Ann, joined by 15-year-old Shaun Procter, son of Cumbrian buyer, Trevor Procter

2:12pm Thursday 9th July 2015

THE pup pen stole the show at Skipton mart's Summer working sheepdog sale on Monday.

Concerned raised over postponed consultation on bovine TB

2:06pm Thursday 9th July 2015

FARMERS in Yorkshire and the North-East are calling for the area to be officially declared bovine TB free.

New MD at H&H Insurance Brokers

Darlington and Stockton Times: John Noone with some of his team at H&H Insurance Brokers

2:03pm Thursday 9th July 2015

JOHN Noone has been appointed managing director of Durham and Carlisle-based H&H Insurance Brokers (HHIB).

Growth leads to Sealpump Engineering increasing premises

Darlington and Stockton Times: Sue Kirk, of UK Steel Enterprise, helps Sealpump Engineering directors Stuart Brown, left, and Stephen Larkin move into the additional office and workshop space

1:57pm Thursday 9th July 2015

AN engineering company has taken on extra office and workshop space to accommodate a growing team as it heads for a £1.5m turnover in the next year.

Business briefs

1:47pm Thursday 9th July 2015

Clive Owen LLP, chartered accountants and business advisers, is holding a Top Tax Tips event at its Darlington office on Thursday, July 16.

Durham school pupils put through paces by MoD

Darlington and Stockton Times: Pictured at Greenfield Community College, Shildon, are (l-r) Lexi Cleasby, Christopher Lambert, Joseph Marshall, Shane Palmer, Sgt Martin Gibbons from the MOD, Charlotte Rowley, Naomi McKenna, Abbie Fieldson and Matthew Jones.

1:47pm Thursday 9th July 2015

MORE than 5,000 Durham school pupils took part in a series of career bootcamps this week with many put through their paces by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

Defra plans to release data to transform food and farming

2:47pm Friday 3rd July 2015

A "GOLDMINE" of data is to be released by Defra to transform the world of food and farming.

Natural England extends deadline for new stewardship scheme

Darlington and Stockton Times: David Morley, H&H Land and Property

2:45pm Friday 3rd July 2015

NATURAL England has extended the deadline for submitting an "Expression of Interest" for the new Higher Tier Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS) to July 15.

Teesside University hosts Budget Live meeting

Darlington and Stockton Times: Stephen Catchpole, TVU managing director at last year's Tees Valley Business Summit

1:46pm Friday 3rd July 2015

A "BUDGET Live" session will be held on Wednesday during a business summit organised by Tees Valley Unlimited.

Farming Minister asked to change rules on carcase-splitting

7:01am Friday 3rd July 2015

FARMING Minister George Eustice has been asked to formally change the carcase splitting rules on sheep.

BWMB opens new depot at Richmond

Darlington and Stockton Times: BWMB opens new depot at Richmond

2:07pm Thursday 2nd July 2015

THE British Wool Marketing Board has opened a new intermediate wool collecting depot near Richmond.

Fera scientists to use drone to check crop stress

Darlington and Stockton Times: Fera scientist Paul Brown and the drone.

1:49pm Thursday 2nd July 2015

SCIENTISTS at Fera are to fly a drone this summer to identify stressed crops on Yorkshire farms.

Deadline for payment scheme applications looms

1:46pm Thursday 2nd July 2015

THE Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2015 closes for all applications at midnight next Friday (10).

Body blow to farmers as Arla cuts milk price

1:44pm Thursday 2nd July 2015

DAIRY farmers supplying Arla will have more than 1ppl cut from their farmgate price from Monday – and Muller has announced a 1ppl cut from August 1.

NETpark's extension attracts interest before work starts

Darlington and Stockton Times: The IBEX team (l–r): Gary Gibson, chief technology officer; Kurt Scott, grants and projects delivery manager, and Neil Loxley, chief executive officer.

1:40pm Thursday 2nd July 2015

A £13m extension to a leading North-East science park is attracting interest before work has begun.

Minister praises Tees Valley Unlimited's performance

Darlington and Stockton Times: (l-r): Sandy Anderson, chairman of Tees Valley Unlimited; Mike Matthews, North East Chamber of Commerce president; Alison Thain, CBI North East chairman; Ted Salmon, North East chairman of Federation of Small Businesses; and Graham Robb, Institute of Dire

1:38pm Thursday 2nd July 2015

THE strong performance by Tees Valley Unlimited, the Local Enterprise Partnership, has been praised by Northern Powerhouse Minister James Wharton.

Rural crime initiative to be tried in North Yorkshire

6:17pm Thursday 25th June 2015

A SUCCESSFUL rural crime initiative in the North-West is likely to be rolled out in North Yorkshire.

Coin features Swaledale sheep

Darlington and Stockton Times: The 2015 Year of the Sheep coin featuring a pair of Swaledales.

6:16pm Thursday 25th June 2015

A PAIR of Swaledale sheep feature on a special coin marking the 2015 Lunar Year of the Sheep.

Jobs at risk as Ensus plant remains closed

6:13pm Thursday 25th June 2015

MORE than 20 workers at the mothballed Ensus bioethanol refinery at Wilton are in danger of losing their jobs.

NETPark, in Sedgefield, celebrates links with universities

Darlington and Stockton Times: NETPark at Sedgefield

6:12pm Thursday 25th June 2015

A COUNTY Durham science and technology park has almost 160 active collaborations with universities at home and abroad.

Anger over end to subsidies for new wind turbines

6:08pm Thursday 25th June 2015

THE Government has come under fire for its decision to end subsidies to new onshore wind farms a year earlier than expected.

Bruton Knowles strengthens Northallerton office

Darlington and Stockton Times: Mark Ludiman (l) with team manager Philip Boothroyd

3:16pm Friday 19th June 2015

AN improving regional rural economy with increasing demand for professional services on farms and estates has prompted Bruton Knowles to strengthen its Northallerton office.

Project to improve River Swale

Darlington and Stockton Times: Mike Grace, Yorkshire Dales Rivers Trust volunteer, surveying Hartforth Beck.

7:32am Friday 19th June 2015

A NEW project aims to improve water quality and wildlife habitats on tributaries of the River Swale.

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