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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.

Waitrose offers shopping bags made out of British wool

Darlington and Stockton Times: Waitrose twool bags

7:17am Friday 19th June 2015

WAITROSE has launched two shopping bags made out of 100 per cent British Wool.

Cleveland Containers starts major expansion

Darlington and Stockton Times: Johnathan Bulmer (l), of Cleveland Containers, with Sarah Thorpe of UK Steel Enterprise, and Mike Firman of Firman Financial Solutions.

7:04am Friday 19th June 2015

A SHIPPING container sales and hire company, which has grown rapidly in just four years has started a major expansion.

George F White appoints investment director

Darlington and Stockton Times: Miles Crossley has joined George F White

7:04am Friday 19th June 2015

LAND and property consultancy George F White has appointed a new investment director.

RPA receives 80,000 applications by deadline

3:27pm Thursday 18th June 2015

MORE than 80,000 Basic Payment Scheme applications were received by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) by Monday's midnight deadline.

BVD Free scheme extended

3:26pm Thursday 18th June 2015

A MAJOR cattle industry initiative to help eliminate bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) by extending the existing BVD Free programme in England has received £60,000 funding.

Norman Invincible takes top price at Carlisle

Darlington and Stockton Times: Norman Invincible 8,000gns

3:06pm Thursday 18th June 2015

NORMAN Invincible from Eric and Elaine Norman, Little Orton Farm, Carlisle sold for the day’s top price of 8,000gns at the British Limousin Cattle Society’s end of season summer bull and female sale at Borderway Mart, Carlisle, on Friday.

High virus infection rate for oilseed rape in Yorkshire

Darlington and Stockton Times: Amalie is the first TuYV resistant oilseed rape variety

3:05pm Thursday 18th June 2015

OILSEED rape crops in Yorkshire are reported to have infection rates as high as 72 per cent for Turnip yellow virus (TuYV).

New director at Middlesbrough College's STEM Centre

Darlington and Stockton Times: Andy Buckworth is the new head of Middlesbrough college's STEM Centre.

2:57pm Thursday 18th June 2015

ANDY Buckworth (pictured) has been appointed executive director of the £20m training centre being built at Middlesbrough College.

New role for Geoff Derham at Yorwaste

Darlington and Stockton Times: Geoff Derham is pictured outside Yorwaste’s head office in Northallerton.

2:53pm Thursday 18th June 2015

GEOFF Derham (pictured), has been appointed group operations director for Yorwaste, the recycling and waste management company.

CP Bodies, of Stockton, on target to achieve £6m turnover

Darlington and Stockton Times: Cathal Doocey has seen CPD Bodies grow to a £6 million turnover just six years after buying the business for £1.

2:48pm Thursday 18th June 2015

A COMMERCIAL vehicle body builder, set up when a failing firm was bought for £1 six years ago, is on target to achieve a £6m turnover.

Luxury comes in a range of flavours with new yoghurts

Darlington and Stockton Times: The launch of Yorkshire Yogurt at Headingley Cricket Ground: YCCC players Jack Brooks and Jonathan Bairstow (left and right), with David Hartley, creamery managing director and Sandra Bell, marketing manager.

4:37pm Friday 12th June 2015

THE Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes has launched a new luxury "Yorkshire Yogurt" range.

Grant pot of £4m to boost region's firms

Darlington and Stockton Times: Grant pot of £4m to boost region's firms

4:36pm Friday 12th June 2015

A NEW £4m business grant fund is now available to businesses in North and East Yorkshire.

TFA steps up campaign for longer tenancies

Darlington and Stockton Times: George Dunn, TFA chief executive.

7:02am Friday 12th June 2015

THE Tenant Farmers Association (TFA) has stepped up its campaign for longer Farm Business Tenancies (FBTs).

Earthmill receives NFU accreditation to install wind turbines

Darlington and Stockton Times: An Earthmill wind turbine.

7:02am Friday 12th June 2015

EARTHMILL, the Wetherby-based wind turbine business, has become one of only four UK companies to receive accreditation from the National Farmers Union's (NFU’s) renewable energy division to install wind turbines.

CLA urges government to reform compulsory purchase legislation

2:08pm Thursday 11th June 2015

THE Government has been told it must bring compulsory purchase reform into legislation as a priority if it is serious about delivering its £466bn National Infrastructure Plan.

Tenth anniversary of Open Farm Sunday attracts 250,000

Darlington and Stockton Times: Sheepdog demonstrations were among the attractions at Broom House Farm on Open Farm Sunday

2:05pm Thursday 11th June 2015

THE tenth anniversary of Open Farm Sunday saw a record-breaking 250,000 people visit a farm at the weekend.

Extended hours at basic payment offices

1:58pm Thursday 11th June 2015

ALMOST 60,000 completed Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) applications had been received by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) at the start of the week.

Banks offer help with fees if payments are late

3:38pm Thursday 4th June 2015

THE RBS and NatWest is offering fee free bridging loans to farming customers whose new Basic Payments Scheme (BPS) payments are delayed because of the extended application deadline.

Wensleydale farmer's daughter takes over as chairman of NOAH

Darlington and Stockton Times: One of Catherine Sayer’s first duties as NOAH chairman was to present a certificate to Thomas Sample from Carrs Billington, as one of their top NCAH students for 2014

3:37pm Thursday 4th June 2015

A FARMER'S daughter from Wensleydale is the new chairman of the National Office for Animal Health (NOAH) for 2015.

Ian Buchanan appointed new chairman of BWMB

Darlington and Stockton Times: Ian Buchanan, the new BWMB chairman.

3:35pm Thursday 4th June 2015

IAN Buchanan has been elected as the new chairman of the British Wool Marketing Board, with Kent-based Trevor Richards elected vice-chairman.

Pearsons Farm Supplies celebrates 10th anniversary with open day

Darlington and Stockton Times: Chris Pearson

3:32pm Thursday 4th June 2015

A FARM supply company holds an open day on Thursday (11) to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

New powers to tackle fly-grazing

3:29pm Thursday 4th June 2015

NEW legislation to tackle fly-grazing - where horses are grazed on private and public land without permission – is now in force.

Cycle parts firm Zyro set to double in size after successful year

3:28pm Thursday 4th June 2015

A CYCLE parts company in Darlington could double in size due to its growing successes.

Opus North sells new retail park in Darlington

Darlington and Stockton Times: What the new Darlington North retail park will look like.

3:28pm Thursday 4th June 2015

OPUS North, the West Yorkshire-based property and investment company, has sold a new retail park in Darlington to the British Steel Pension Fund for an undisclosed sum.

Family wins national award for charity efforts

Darlington and Stockton Times: John, Margaret and Jenny Sleight collect their award from NFU deputy president Minette Batters

1:48pm Thursday 28th May 2015

THE family behind an annual charity tractor run has won a national award from the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI).

Former Chief Constable rewarded for efforts to RABI

Darlington and Stockton Times: (l-r) Newly elected trustees Jo Turnbull (l) and Jeannette Dawson (r) with retiring trustees Pat Stanley and Carol Rymer.

2:15pm Friday 22nd May 2015

A FORMER Chief Constable of North Yorkshire has received a Trustee award from the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) in recognition of his efforts and contributions to the charity.

NSA North Sheep event at Cockermouth expected to attract thousands of visitors

Darlington and Stockton Times: Host farmer Neil Marston

7:02am Friday 22nd May 2015

AROUND 7,000 visitors are expected at NSA North Sheep 2015 at Millstone Farm, Cockermouth, on June 3.

Farming briefs

2:08pm Thursday 21st May 2015

THE inaugural Ashley Hall Traction Engine Rally will be held at the Tatton Estate’s Ashley Hall Showground from tomorrow to Bank Holiday Monday.

Yorkshire dairy farm is a Gold Cup finalist

Darlington and Stockton Times: Philip Metcalfe of Washfold Farm, Leyburn. Picture: Richard Doughty Photography

2:07pm Thursday 21st May 2015

A NORTH Yorkshire dairy farm is one of six UK finalists in this year's NMR/RABDF Gold Cup competition.

Allmet, of North Cowton, launches new grain-drying system

12:57pm Thursday 21st May 2015

A NORTH Yorkshire company has launched a new system to help arable farmers reduce grain drying costs and increase drying capacity.

Cawingredients opens second factory at Leeming Bar HQ

Darlington and Stockton Times: James Sutcliffe (l), managing director of Sutcliffe Construction, and Andrew J Cawthray, chairman and chief executive of Cawingredients.

12:56pm Thursday 21st May 2015

A RAPIDLY expanding soft drinks company has opened a second factory as part of its £45m investment at its Leeming Bar head-quarters near Bedale.

H&H Group opens office at Middleton-in-Teesdale auction mart

Darlington and Stockton Times: David Quayle

12:38pm Thursday 21st May 2015

THE H&H Group has opened a new office at Middleton in Teesdale auction mart.

Innovation leaders assemble at NETpark, Sedgefield

Darlington and Stockton Times: PolyPhotonix founder Richard Kirk with the sleep mask.

12:37pm Thursday 21st May 2015

INNOVATION leaders from across the world gathered at The North East Technology Park (NETpark), near Sedgefield, on Tuesday (19th).

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