THERE will be a top line-up of speakers at this year’s Northern Farming Conference held at Hexham Auction Mart.

Under the theme: ‘A fresh start – farming beyond Brexit, BPS and Covid-19’, leading farmers, politicians and industry experts from across the country will be at the mart on Wednesday, November 3.

Speakers will give their take on the future risks and opportunities for farming.

The conference aims to give farmers the opportunity to consider how best to progress and take control of their businesses.

This year’s top-notch speakers include: Baroness Natalie Bennett, politician and journalist; Tim Rycroft, Chief Executive Officer of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB); Denise Walton, owner of Peelham Farm in the Scottish Borders; Tim Farron, MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale; Patrick Laurie; writer and farmer from Galloway; Fiona Sample, Chief Executive Officer of the Northumberland-based Oswin Project; Ed Barnston, estate owner and manager, Nuffield Scholar.

Conference chair, and managing director at North East Grains Ltd, Matthew Curry, said: The day will cover a vast range of topics that will have an impact on farms and rural businesses over the next few years.”