With harvest now complete across the region, the next meeting of the NFU North East crops board will review the final outcome of this year’s growing season and look ahead to next year.
Regionally, arable farmers have been reporting lower yields than achieved nationally – a reflection of the effect of the extreme wet conditions experienced last year and early 2013.
Other post-harvest issues will be discussed, including the increased risk of mycotoxins affecting grain in some parts of the country.
Looking ahead, the meeting will focus on the extension of the Campaign for the Farmed Environment (CFE) to cover all arable areas. Hearing from Alison Clayton, a member of the North East CFE team, they will look at what the extension means for the region and how the initiative is to be rolled out in new areas.
Also at the meeting will be a new starter at HGCA – Harry Henderson - who has been appointed as the levy’s board’s new Regional Manager for the North East.
Harry’s brief is very much to look ahead and focus on how to help the region’s arable producers improve their costs of production. He will be introducing himself and outlining his initial ideas to the board.
The meeting is open to all NFU members and is due to take place:
Tuesday 22 October from 7.30pm at The Badger, Ponteland NE20 9BT